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Old 10-04-2005   #1
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Raft Storage Question

I have a PVC raft and I was wondering the best way to store it. I have a garage and plenty of room to store it inflated for the winter. Should I roll it up for winter storage of leave it inflated in the garage?


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Old 10-04-2005   #2
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The less you crinkle that PVC up, the better - I keep mine inflated on the trailer for those few winter months its not being used (covered with a tarp to protect from sunlight). If you can store it partly inflated so there's no stress on the seams and material that will be best and it'll allow for expansion and contraction due to temperature changes.

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Old 10-04-2005   #3
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I'm not sure if PVC rafters use 303 protectant, but I've heard that if you roll hypalon, some people hose is down in 303 during storage period, and wipe dry when they re-inflate in the spring.

There's still lots of boating to be had out there, don't be putting your boat away yet! If nothing else, float fishing is supposed to be good right now!
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Old 10-04-2005   #4
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if you have to roll it, do it like a giant joint, dont fold it in thirds like you would a hypalon boat. pvc rafts like wings, maravias, etc. dont like wrinkles when they roll, if the boat is dry it can crack, 303 is always good.
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