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Old 03-13-2011   #1
 
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Securing a raft?

Not sure if that is a very good title, but basically, i'm picking up a raft tomorrow and I don't have a garage. I plan on keeping the raft inflated probably all summer and it will most likely be in my backyard. My question is, does anyone have any good ideas on how to secure the raft?

I have a big tree in my back yard I could wrap a chain around and run the chain thru a D-ring on the boat, but that doesn't seem that secure, would be pretty easy for someone to rip the D-ring out and have a free raft.

Any ideas on this set up?

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Is it self baling? If so, run the chain all the way around a tube through one of the floor holes.

Make sure you have a cover.
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Is it self baling? If so, run the chain all the way around a tube through one of the floor holes.

Make sure you have a cover.
It is self bailing, thats a great idea!!

By cover, do you mean just like a tarp or something? To keep the sun off it?
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Yeah, anything to keep the sun off. 303 too. They make covers if you want to be fancy but a tarp works.
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I'd be worried about critters (mice) cheing through
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The sun, rain and snow still take their toll on the boat material, straps and other fabrics, even covered with a tarp. I know this first hand as I used to store a cat boat on a trailer in front of my garage for long periods.

Why not store it rolled and dry in doors?
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Not good to store a raft rolled. Will breakdown much sooner along folds.
I keep mine inflated in the crawlspace in winter and on a trailer with UV tarp in summer.
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Folks have been rolling their rafts for decades without problems. Sotar told me that folding my raft is a completely acceptable way to store it. Like a previous post mentioned--be more worried about rodents, or UV damage.


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Not good to store a raft rolled. Will breakdown much sooner along folds.
I keep mine inflated in the crawlspace in winter and on a trailer with UV tarp in summer.
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Not good to store a raft rolled. Will breakdown much sooner along folds.
I keep mine inflated in the crawlspace in winter and on a trailer with UV tarp in summer.
Whip,curious, when u keep it on your trailer all summer, do u secure it to it somehow? Id be a little worried about leaving this rig in front of my complex, lots of traffic would see it.
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I bought a compact car cover from walmart for $20 works great has elastic trim and eyelets for rope or wights.
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