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Old 12-04-2014   #1
 
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storing tubes for winter / minimal use

so last week I deflated my pontoons, and I laid them in a spare bedroom flat, I do have a 6x13' shed I could store them in juiced down a little, but to me that isn't as good as deflated, and laid nearly flat in a heated room? Is there anything else I should do like wipe the tubes down with 303 ? I'm sorry to keep asking stupid questions guys but I'm new to rafts

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303 would be good.

I prefer inflated to deflated though for no real reason... the perceived reason would be less chance for creasing (but that's minimal anyways) and a vague inkling that storing anything in the shape it is to be used is better than some other shape. I'd really think the biggest factor would be how safe from critters, pets, kids with knives, jealous wives, etc. in each location. I think that type of damage is more likely than creasing, distortion, deterioration or any other material related danger.

I've stored my stuff either in a garage or a barn for years and never had any problems but the recent rabbit thread has me wondering a bit and I'm always worried about what stupid decisions my kids will make.
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303 it, talc it if you like, roll it tight and stick in an inconspicuous place. I usually tarp over, so do if inclined. Boat storage is easy. If you have room, partially inflated is good. If you don't, roll, tarp, store. Creases are a wives tale. PVC is more brittle cold, so don't drop it from 10 ft to ground if it is -12.
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PVC is more brittle cold, so don't drop it from 10 ft to ground if it is -12.
Because boat shards are no fun.
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Creases are a wives tale. .
I'm afraid I don't agree with that. They are real and I've seen them. My friend has been folding and storing his Maravia Willy 2 for about 10 years, and over time he got leaks on the fold lines. Very evident wear to the floor fabric where he had it folded. I don't think creases are a problem in the short term, but prolonged folding can cause damage.

When I had a Maravia cataraft, I rolled the tubes and stored them in a boat bag in my shed. Now I have a Sotar raft, and it's too big to store in the shed. I'm storing it partially inflated on my trailer outside. My boat cover that stays on it all summer plus a heavier tarp, then a PVC A-frame that rests on the tubes, then another heavy duty tarp over the A-frame to shed snow. All tarps are secured with bungee straps. Hopefully this will provide enough protection over the winter.
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No creases or any other issues regarding my Sotar...after 6 years now of deflating with an electric pump and storing in my garage. Though It doesn't get cold here in Orange County, California.


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Roll, don't fold

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yeah here in northern ny it gets well below-15 at times in the winter I figured that it would be best to leave deflated and in the rare chance I can dona shuttle, and fish for the day I wouldn't have to worry as much about my tubes being brittle
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regardless of what you do, it's not rocket science... you will hear arguments from every angle here, so in the end do what works for you. Rolling, folding, inflated or deflated it's not going to make or break your boat's longevity. The sun is it's worst enemy and it sounds like you've got that covered, so to speak.
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Roll, don't fold
I totally agree. I loose roll all my boats for winter storage. (hypalon) It's amaising how many friends fold their boats up like a tarp. They eventually get memory fold line in them. If I owned one of then there plastic boats.....I'd loose roll it too.
Hint: Don't always roll it from the same end.
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