How to care for a rubber boat

How not to store a small vessel. How to dry a boat after fishing or traveling on water? How does mud and sand affect the boat. How to wash the boat.

To begin with, improper care of your small boat made of rubberized fabric can lead to an emergency situation, and if simply, the boat can simply burst right on the water. This threatens at best with swimming, and in the fall or at a sufficiently large distance from the coast, everything can end with the death of the fisherman. Of course, there are still factors associated with a very tight pumping of a boat in the sun, when cotton and the breakthrough of one of the sections of a small boat often also follow. But this, as they say, is another story.

How not to store a small boat

First of all, we should dwell on the most common mistake of anglers and especially inexperienced tourists who believe that after sailing it’s enough to leave the inflated boat dry in the sun and this will be enough to put the boat at home for storage. For short storage, the nearest fishing can be removed, but not desirable. But for long-term storage, they say, he threw it into a corner or a garage and forgot to do it categorically. Why ">

Moisture always remains between the cylinders and the bottom, which sooner or later will lead to the process of decay. After all, the boat is made of rubberized fabric. And the fabric, of course, will sing. In the best case, the result of such storage may be that with the opening of the summer season, the angler nevertheless first pumps the boat at home and finds that it sizzles like an adder, just at the seams between the tanks and the bottom. Finding a place where the air comes out, the fisherman carefully seals his little boat. But when pumping the boat can begin to poison the air in another place. And this means that the entire seam around the perimeter of the boat between the bottom and cylinders soprel . Of course, such situations do not happen immediately, but in a few seasons the boat may become completely unusable if the rules for its operation and drying are not respected.

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There is probably no more insidious and terrible enemy for a rubber boat than sand, which works like a natural emery. This is, in fact, an abrasive material that abrades the contacting surfaces of the boat. For one trip to the sandy beach or the Volga spit, of course, nothing terrible will happen, but over time you will notice noticeable scuffs on the sides of the boat. In these thinner areas, microscopic holes may form through which air will etch. And later more negative changes may come.

In addition to sand, various dirt plays a negative role. It can be algae of a certain type, silty deposits, which are then washed very poorly and often as if eaten into rubberized fabric. Especially noticeable impact on the condition of the boat is driftwood. Among these negative points can be attributed and sticky scales . Drying, it is very poorly separated from the hull of the boat. In addition to the fact that the scales adversely affect the state of the rubberized fabric, it also creates an unpleasant odor in the boat. In no case is it recommended to dry in the sun a dirty boat, covered with sand, silty sediments and scales. All this harmful and corrosive mass will begin to turn into a crust in the sun, and under it processes will begin that can be called irreversible. From the old spots on the sides of the boat you can immediately see how it was operated and maintained.

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How to wash a boat

Do not use different solvents and acetone to wash a heavily soiled boat . And gasoline will also not be useful for washing the boat. The only remedy is soap and detergents on a similar soap base. But it is best to rinse the boat during the whole fishing or travel. To do this, you should always have a sponge or rag on hand.

PS What to look for when choosing a new rubber boat or used, read here.