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Old 06 December 2013, 15:27   #1
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Leaving SIB folded in bag detrimental

Having recently bought my first SIB & I was lucky to pick up a used but 100% immaculate example, I don't wish to spoil it through lack of knowledge.
I presumed that as it comes in a bag, I can store it in said bag? I also would store it indoors to avoid frost & mice.
Then after a visit to a local boat dealer I was advised this can cause premature failure on the tight creases / folds.
I bought a SIB as I have nowhere to store anything large but I'm now wondering if I should forget it & flog it rather than loose money through not having the space to look after it properly

Have I taken the advice to literally & it should be OK or will leaving it folded for long periods be a problem?

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Old 06 December 2013, 16:21   #2
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Back in the day Zodiac used to supply an unperfumed talcum powder to sprinkle over the sib and rub to keep dry and prevent chafing whilst being transported. I don't know if it's still available, but the least offensive talc may help. That was a long time ago and sibs were mostly hyaline then, so check with your supplier.
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Pump it up and leave inflated lying against a wall. How long do you plan to keep it bagged ?

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Pump it up and leave inflated lying against a wall. How long do you plan to keep it bagged ?

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I do not have anywhere suitable to leave it inflated other than my back garden, then access is limited to the front so no advantage, I literally need to inflate and deflate every time I use it & would probably only use it a handful of times during the summer months.

I have no issue inflating it each time, but am a little worried having been warned, that leaving it folded regularly may cause issues. I don't really understand this as surely they are designed with this in mind, to be stored in lockers etc?
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I bought my sib some 6/7 years ago. Fitted trolley wheels and after using it regularly for 2 years I now leave it in the bag.
For the last 4/5 years it has remained in the bag apart from once annually when I take it out, blow it up and leave it for 48 hours. It remains tight as a drum. So no bother.
My sib lives in the bag, stowed on board my rib (as a go-ashore dingy if ever I need it).
Incidentally, same with my 2-stroke. Fire her up once a year-no problems. Stowed in my engine compartment all year.
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If you have a garden, one of those plastic small lockers you can get from DIY shops etc may be a consideration. I have used one for a couple of years and to date it's kept nasties out.
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For unscented talc, try a billiards supply place. Normally available talc (baby powder and such) has perfumes which can be detrimental to plastics and rubber (especially latex rubber.)

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Pump it up and leave inflated lying in your living room
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I have no issue keeping the boat in the house, I have room, I also have no problem drying it thoroughly before storage, the issue that I was advised to avoid is purely that leaving it folded in it's bag "apparently" causes the tight folds to cause permanent damage to the material.

Though I think this is unlikely to do so, it is purely this point that I thought I'd ask for some confirmation on.
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I used to pack liferafts and life jackets for a while. Liferafts in particular are fully deflated with a Hoover then rolled up. They are only inflated on an emergency or during an annual service thereafter with no adverse affects. When inflated you may see some crease marks, which usually go away. I doubt you would have any adverse affects. After all they will be stored in the bag from factory to consumer.
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