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Old 12 October 2007, 10:06   #1
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Winter storage choices

I can store my 4.3m SIB in my unheated boathouse inflated and assembled, or I can deflate it, fold and store in heated basement. Which would you suggest? It is cold here in the winter- as cold as -35 deg. C
I assume inflated in the boathouse best defense against critters chewing it.
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Can you keep it off the floor in either option?
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yes, in either place I can have it up off the floor if that's recommended
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yes, in either place I can have it up off the floor if that's recommended
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I was thinking more of it being out of range of various chewing animals.

Personally, as long as it's dry and the fabric isn't going stiff enough with cold to risk cracking I doubt it'd matter-but that's just a personal opinion and there will be others on here that'll know better than me. What's it made of?

I'd definitely have the motor in the heated basement though.
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Matt's right, the zodiac he bought was stored in an unheated garage, albeit a nice and dry one, for 20 years or so with no damage to fabric etc, so should be fine I would have thought. Might get a bit of mildew etc if it's damp in there though
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This is a good question, and one I don't see answered yet:

Assuming rodents are not an issue, what's better for storage of a hypalon SIB:

A) Inflated but exposed to the cold temperatures in an unheated garage during a CDN winter (-35 degrees C sometimes).

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B) Rolled up in a bag inside a warm house.

What's worse for the SIB, the cold, or being rolled up for months at a a time? Does anybody know?
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I would say inflated - folded will have creases which, certainly on PVC, will contribute to wear. My only hesitation would be if that temperature can fluctuate a lot then -35 to even +5 is a hell of a swing, so beware of "over inflation" as it expands.
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