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Old 05-03-2016   #21
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Originally Posted by Andy H. View Post
For all you folks that are reading this, saying, "that's nice, maybe I'll get one of those someday..." Whether your boat's in an enclosed space or out in the open, you should be rolling it in a tarp at the least, and moving to the fancy schmancy boat bag when you can. Especially with PVC boats - I heard a figure once that most damage to PVC boats happens in transit, not on the river.

It isn't just PVC boats. The number one reason for damage to ALL boats is through transport. Not like I'm the authority like Zack, but that is what SOTAR told me.

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Old 05-03-2016   #22
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Originally Posted by zbaird View Post
Definitely patched some trailer rubs. Less than I would expect from gravel under the boat though. When boats are inflated they seem to take the vibration abrasion better. Patched more of them from rubbing on siderails, catching a corner when loading or getting dragged behind the trailer. Impressive how many boats fall off trailers. (
Never use hook straps. NEVER EVER use hook straps. I was lucky on my first boat but I a few seconds later and I would have lost my boat due to using hook straps. I'm amazed at how many rafts I see secured with them and I always try to share that with the folks I see on the road. Most don't care and respond with something like. "I've been doing it like this this for years". Oh well, I tried.

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