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Old 07 June 2013, 03:57   #1
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Cleaning the SIB

Hi everyone,

As you know I'm new to all this, so I was just wondering when I take my sib out for the day how do I clean it before I deflate.

As I'm having to deflate each time to get the boat home what way am I able to clean it down from say fish scales each time I take it out?

I know this might sound a silly question but I don't want to be packing the boat away dirty.

Any tips would be very much appreciated

Thank you
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Old 07 June 2013, 06:00   #2
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Hi everyone,

As I'm having to deflate each time to get the boat home what way am I able to clean it down from say fish scales each time I take it out?

I know this might sound a silly question but I don't want to be packing the boat away dirty.

Any tips would be very much appreciated

Thank you
I suspect most users would just deflate n pack in the valise dirty and then give it a good clean when they get back to base but in the absense of a mains water supply close-by then I guess you could carry one of those garden pump-up sprayers with some pre-filled fresh water? But wouldn't remove the need to give it a good clean and airing when back at base.
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Old 07 June 2013, 09:55   #3
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May depend on whether you a garden or space at home. I have a SiB & inflatable canoe and have found that semi inflate in garden to dry it out, then get rid of sand and dirt with brush and clean any stubborn bits with water and cleaners, then pack away when dry. You only have problems when It rains all week!
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I carry a car sponge in the SIB's kit bag. It's handy for mopping up the airdeck but I also use it to sponge off any sand, goo or crud on return to the quay. I just use salt water!

Makes it very handy back at base to give it a quick hose off.
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I use Muc-Off bike cleaner and then rinse well with fresh water. I use the bike cleaner on the outboards and it leaves them looking like new.
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