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Old 12-04-2016   #1
 
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Small bubbles on bottom of Rocky Mountain PVC raft

Bought a raft (brand new) and noticed that on one small section there are tiny raised bubbles/bumps on the bottom of it. It doesn't have this anywhere else so I assume it shouldn't be like this. Is this a big enough concern to send the raft back?

There is another thread from 2007 with a similar sounding issue but I couldn't see the picture in it.
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Did you call RMR about it yet? Seems like their opinion is what really matters


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I would make every effort to get it warrantied.
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If it were my boat, I would swap it out if at all possible. The closest thing I have seen to that problem, is a hypalon boat starting a delamination, it began in one spot, and just got worse, till the company sold it for a very low price, saw it a few years later, in way worse shape, new owner still happy though, cause he got it dirt cheap.


It is possible it is less of a concern, but I would not want to chance it myself. Certainly call RMR, see what they say.

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Let us know what happens, I have a newer RMR with plenty of similar areas on it as well. I didn't think much about it but if they say it's an issue I may do something after all.
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Are the bubbles/blisters in an area where there is another coating of protective urethane?


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This is from the warranty on their web page...

"This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase for
the original owner for non-commercial use. Issues determined to be strictly cosmetic, such as small air bubbles on
top and bottom chafers, are not covered under this warranty. "
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Small bubbles on chafers, especially bottom chafers, are common, not just on RMR's. The chafers on the RMR's and pretty much all other boats that dont have urethane chafers are glued. Anytime you glue down huge pieces of material, it is all but impossible to do it without bubbles every time, even most every time, hence the warranty claim not covering it. I imagine it is a big reason, along with others, that several manufactures have gone to urethane bottom chafers.

I wouldnt worry about small bubbles. Since the boat is new and you have a 5 year warranty I would run the boat and keep an eye on it. Don't obsess over it, just take note when you see the bottom of the boat now and then. If the bubbles start growing or multiplying then you have an issue and RMR will take care of it, they are very good with their warranty.
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Yep, your rowing too fast for sure. It comes from friction between the water and your boat. Just slow down and don't row sooo fast and everything will be good. (-: I second the don't worry about it. Its a budget boat. Run it until its dead and buy a new one. Wont lower the life expectancy or fun value of the craft.
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[QUOTE=yourrealdad;456849]Bought a raft (brand new) and noticed that on one small section there are tiny raised bubbles/bumps on the bottom of it. It doesn't have this anywhere else so I assume it shouldn't be like this. Is this a big enough concern to send the raft back?

Good Morning! I would like to see the floor with air in it and a photo of that same area. If it is in fact de-laminating I would contact RMR and see how they would like to handle it. Because the floor is laced in you can replace the floor without sending the whole boat back. RMR's team is fantastic, they will take good care of you if there ever was and/or is an issue. RMR - 888.785.1844
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