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Old 09-22-2014   #1
 
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Best Storage for raft

With the season about over, I have a question regarding storage.

Relevant information, this is in Idaho (Boise area, winters do get cold)

What is the best way to store my raft for the winter?

a) lightly inflated, on my trailer, under a heavy tarp, outside.

b) deflated, rolled up, in its bag, inside, climate controlled.

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Old 09-22-2014   #2
 
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While most folks seem to agree that lightly inflated is better than rolled up. I have decided the indoor environment had advantages over outside.

For Example, last winter I had to deal with a fallen tree (came within about 10" of hitting the trailer!) Rodents moving in and pooping everywhere, also chewing on the ropes and straps. And a potential issue when we got hit with a huge wet snow and the tarp collapsed and started to pond water.

At least inside the garage I have a little more control over the critters, trees and precipitation.
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Half inflated, indoors, climate controlled is best. This not being an option for many people.
1. I wash mine very well and 303 it.
2. Loosely roll
3. Keep indoors out of the sun in the house.

The guy I bought my boat from did this and the boats about 20 something and still looks new.
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In my experience the sun does more damage than the rain. UV will quickly degrade even the heavy duty woven poly tarps. You can get heavy grey PVC tarps that do better in the sun but will crack if moved in the cold.

I finally adopted a two layer approach. An outer sacrificial tarp to block the UV (old beat up tarps works great, you can even use several smaller tarps) over a waterproof layer of one piece, continuous, 6 mil plastic vapor barrier.

I rigged a section of PVC pipe across the top of the boat to act as a ridge pole. Then draped the tarps over it to form a gable style roof. The ridge pole prevents the tarp from sagging and ponding water. If you do get a pond it will fill up with water and freeze, often breaking the tarp.
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I wonder if it is better to store a hypalon boat deflated but out of the cold or inflated but in the cold. Very cold. Zach I hope you see this. Thanks


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My raft is urethane (Sotar). I will try lightly inflated, on my trailer, covered, outdoors. I like the pvc pipe ridge pole idea. I will do a two layer cover also.
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I roll up and store them inside every winter. Weather is hard on boats (and everything else) year round. High use warrants outdoor storage, but they are better off in shelter than in the elements during a long off season.
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Depends on material. PVC does not like cold and sun. My Aire: clean, 303'd, apply baby powder and roll tight, cover in a tarp and stick on a high garage shelf. The creases in the pvc show untill the boat is fully inflated and sun warmed in the spring. I try not to move the boat at all when it is very cold.
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Cleaned, 303'd, 1/2 inflated then hoisted to the ceiling with a winch.


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^^^^Daaaaayyymmmn. Raft love.
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