We recomend you don't inflate your boat to over 3.5 psi. The best way to test this is with a gauge, such as the ones manufactured by Leafield, but you can also test it manually.
The boat should be filled until it is difficult to pump, but can still crease when pressed.
It is important to partially inflate each of the chambers before fully inflating any chamber so that there is not too much pressure on the internal baffles between the chambers.
After partially inflating all of the chambers, you may fully inflate the boat, trying to keep the pressure in the chambers fairly equal.
When you put the boat in cold water, the pressure will decrease. If so, just top it off with a pump. Sometimes silt or sediment can get in PRV valve. This only happens when there is too much dirt around the valve when it releases. Cleaning the valve should solve any potential leaks. If the problem persists, please contact us.
If you have the space, it's best to store the boat partially inflated and covered. If you need to roll your boat, please roll your boat loosely. We recommend you do not roll or unroll your boat at extremely low temperatures.
The PVC may have hard creases from being packaged. This is normal and they will go away. The creases normally fade after being inflated and sitting in the sun for a few hours.
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We want to make sure that your boat helps you enjoy hundreds of days on the river. Keep your boat partially inflated, not exceeding 2.75 psi, in a clean, dry place. Your boat will last.
If it is stored outside, be sure to keep it out of the sun. The main causes of damage are heat and UV rays, so parking the boat under a tree or tarp, leaving it on the trailer, or dumping it in the back yard will slowly destroy your boat. If you find it necessary to store your raft under a tarp make sure there is adequate ventilation and the tarp is suspended from a pole or a wall using ropes to provide air flow.
You may also store your boat fully deflated and rolled loosely. This is a better option than leaving it out in the elements. A boat left out in the sun is not expected to last the duration of the warranty. Excessive UV damage due to improper storage and care is not a manufacturers defect and hence not covered under the warranty. (Warranty Link)
It is important that your boat is clean and dry before you roll it for storage. A deflated boat should be wrapped in the boat bag to help protect it during storage and transportation. Keep in mind that the edges on a rolled boat are more susceptible to abrasion so extra caution should be used in moving the boat around. Most punctures and pin holes come from dragging, loading, and dropping rolled up boats. The best way to transport your boat is inflated. A simple utility trailer will save you rigging time and save wear and tear on your boat. Avoid rolling and unrolling at extremely low temperatures. The PVC is ridgid when cold.
303 applied on a clean wet cloth is a good way to keep your boat protected and looking good.
Take care of your boat and it will take care of you for years to come.