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Old 16 January 2009, 16:46   #1
Country: USA
Town: California
Boat name: SoulFisher
Make: zodiac
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Let the air out or NOT?

Ok after many a sleepless night, I finally have a nice boat

Like new condition Zodiac 550 SRMN.

I was wondering how many let the air out of the tubes when left out for a day?

Now i realize the Brits and Euro Ribbers dont get that much sun

but here in California it can get plenty hot year round.

The tubes get super tight (full) sitting in the sun.

Should I be letting a bunch of air out when the boat is sitting in the sun on the trailer?

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Old 16 January 2009, 16:56   #2
Country: UK - England
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Don't quote me on this as I'm wet behind the ears with RIB's too. But I'm sure I've heard mention of pressure release valves that can be fitted.

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Old 16 January 2009, 18:57   #3
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I let air out of mine til they are soft in the sun when my rib is in storage. Can't see the sense in letting it get to silly pressures.
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Old 16 January 2009, 22:46   #4
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if you have pressure relief valves fitted it will be fine. If not then best you let some air out - I have seen a tube blow.

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Old 17 January 2009, 07:54   #5
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When i'm done with my Thundercat (quite high pressure, esp on hijackers) I always release pressure, but don't totally let the air out ie. The tubes still hold their shape
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Old 17 January 2009, 08:04   #6
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The one thing I think you should do is fit a cover but not tight to allow cool air around the boat, strong sunlight not good for tubes and high temperatures under a dark tight boat cover not good for the fuel. Alternatively can you keep it either in a garage or under a car port just to provide some shade?

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Old 17 January 2009, 08:43   #7
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get some pressure release valves fitted

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