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Old 11-16-2011   #1
 
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raft inflating tips anyone

What's the standard way to determine your raft is inflated enough. I know I don't need a pressure gauge. So what does the wisdom of all you rafting veterans say.

one more thing... I've got enough room to store the boat inflated. Should it even be inflated or should I just lay it flat without air. The boat is a Rocky Mountain (PVC)

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Store it softly inflated and off the ground if you can. Old Ping Pong tables are perfect for this.

The boat is firm enough when an adult putting all of their weight in the center of an outside tube ceases to make a crease. Usually this is about 2 PSI.
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Store it softly inflated and off the ground if you can. Old Ping Pong tables are perfect for this.

The boat is firm enough when an adult putting all of their weight in the center of an outside tube ceases to make a crease. Usually this is about 2 PSI.
^ Great advice.

I would add that for low water runs some people prefer to run softer tubes as them seems to get stuck less. Also if you're paddling into a headwind some people like to reduce the air pressure in the floor - the boat floats lower so you get two benefits - less boat in the wind and more boat catching downstream current.
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Why do you want the boat off the ground besides the not wanting to run over it with your car? Just curious....
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Why do you want the boat off the ground besides the not wanting to run over it with your car? Just curious....
The boat does not have to be off the ground, just off the concrete since concrete leaches and you don't want your boat sitting against a wet surface. You can use any barrier, cardboard, plastic sheeting, tarp, etc. I put my boat on milk crates.

Also if you have windows in your garage it is good to keep it covered. UV light will break down your boat over time as well. Fancy boat covers work, but so do cheap car covers or tarps.
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For those of us who don't have the space to store our rafts inflated:

With a peice of plywood, a few 1x2's, and 4 wheels you can build a simple dolly so that it's stored off the floor by a few inches and easy to roll around the garage.

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Make sure you have no mice problem wherever you store your boat
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What's the standard way to determine your raft is inflated enough. I know I don't need a pressure gauge. So what does the wisdom of all you rafting veterans say.
Spend some time learning about bulkheads and maintaining an even presure through all the cambers in your raft. Different pressures change the properties of the boat and the way it floats. Try different thing and see what works for you. Be careful of the sun.

When storing your boat. Try to find a place that dose not get much traffic. A friend stabbed my boat with a knife awhile ago, in hindsite, I should have parked the boat in the back of the garage.
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Spend some time learning about bulkheads and maintaining an even presure through all the cambers in your raft. Different pressures change the properties of the boat and the way it floats. Try different thing and see what works for you. Be careful of the sun.

When storing your boat. Try to find a place that dose not get much traffic. A friend stabbed my boat with a knife awhile ago, in hindsite, I should have parked the boat in the back of the garage.
Is that guy still yor friend? Or was it an accident.As far as storing a raft,hang it from the ceiling with rope & some plywood
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G, wow, all good advice, but basic bottom line is, if you have a good quality boat, and store it partly inflated, not on a damp surface, should be OK. If you do have to roll it up, Dave L has a good plan, use a hand truck with some lumber and keep it off the ground and easy to move around. Bueno!
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