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Old 08-20-2013   #1
 
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Crease in Raft

I recently fixed a leaking valve on my 14' Aire. Now I have what seems to be a permanent crease. Fully inflated yet the crease remains.

Any insight or tips?

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Not sure what to say but it doesn't look fully inflated. What does it look like with the next chamber deflated?
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deflate, straighten the bladder, repeat until twist disappears
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I recently fixed a leaking valve on my 14' Aire. Now I have what seems to be a permanent crease. Fully inflated yet the crease remains.

Any insight or tips?

Thanks.
More air or blown baffle.One of the two.
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deflate, straighten the bladder, repeat until twist disappears
x2. It is an Aire. The inner bladder needs to be straightened out. Several of my boats have done the same thing.
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It is an Aire. The inner bladder needs to be straightened out. Several of my boats have done the same thing.
I keep I trying to like these boats. You saying its common for the bladder to twist. Cars dont have tubes mntn bikes are tubeless now. Invasive species act hates the zipers aire needs realize this aint such a good idea
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I keep I trying to like these boats. You saying its common for the bladder to twist. Cars dont have tubes mntn bikes are tubeless now. Invasive species act hates the zipers aire needs realize this aint such a good idea
Interesting approach and comment.

Not sure I would call the issue common as it has never happened to any of the Aire owners I have known the last decade. That said, its a logical outcome when fixing the valve as the valve is attached to both bladder and tube. Easy enough to fix.

Plenty of people hate Aire's bladder system and they have other options. More power to them. Not sure the Invasive Species Act is inherently one of them. Give me a break. They are no worse then any other boat with crevices, nooks and crannies. The manufacturer is located in a state with no mussel invasion which wouldn't be a likely outcome if it was a major issue. Plenty of Aire boaters in Idaho who play between waters and states.

Was worth a long laugh though.

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I've heard the bladder twist problem with Aire's ....termed as........ a "penis wrinkle". Some times .....through inflation and deflation........it straighten's itself out.
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Deflate, unzip, straighten. Year of boat? Newer AIRE boats have bulkhead attachments to correct problem.
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bucketboater - you're comments are like a game of telephone as it approaches the last player
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