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Old 04 May 2012, 14:36   #1
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Best way to store a SIB, inflated or deflated?

I'm in the process of buying my first boat and wondering what is the best way to store it.

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Old 04 May 2012, 14:46   #2
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Depends on your space, how your going to transport it, how many times your going to use it etc etc.

I had a 3m sib which i used to leave inflated over the summer in the garage and lifted onto my roofrack and launched from the beach when used. Delfated and packed away over winter.

Mate had one and due to space always deflated after use.

Just make sure if you do delfate that you pump the compartments up as suggested in the destructions, ie a little in each first, gradually building up, not each one up to 100% then the next etc etc.

Personal choice really.

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Old 04 May 2012, 14:47   #3
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Clean, dry, rolled up, on a shelf in the garage works for me. Some people prefer to keep them inflated or partially inflated, which is OK if you have space. Try to keep it away from any vermin that might chew holes in it!
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Exactly as actions said for me - inflated all season in the garage, carried and launched from Landy roof. Packed away in the winter.
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My 1974 MkI Zodiac has been in the family since 1975 and it has always been stored rolled up in the garden shed most of the year. Still in great shape
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Old 05 May 2012, 02:43   #6
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If you can, inflated, we had a PVC Quicksilver we used a a tender, we used to blow it up when we needed it then roll it up afterwards, wasn't long before it needed a couple of patched where it had creased in the same place time after time and damaged the fabric, I expect Hyperlon would be more forgiving.

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