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Old 27 October 2020, 04:01   #1
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Store Zodiac Rib upright?

Hey all - I just bought a Zodiac 360 Rib Alu and am not hopeful of getting it out this year and thinking about storage. I'm new to boating this year - I read that it's safer to store an inflatable inflated rather than deflated - is that right? If so my question is, can I store the boat upright? It would be inside and at room temperature. I was thinking that the end cones on this boat are very tough - not PVC - and that it might be ok for a couple of months?

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Old 27 October 2020, 05:13   #2
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DIY logic says it ought to be better for sib material not to be folded and crushed for long periods but in truth every sib I've owned has been one packed in its bag for storage and none... up to 15+yrs old... have suffered any faults in the material due to this. It's always been glue failure if anything that gets them in the end.

With every one once they've been inflated for 30mins or so the creases disappear and you would have no idea where they were folded.

Having said that if I had the space and was long term storing a sib I might have it lightly inflated and under a dust sheet.

Re sitting on the cone ends they mostly crumple under the weight unless the sib is well up to pressure.
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Old 27 October 2020, 06:57   #3
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Could you not build a wooden box/create the right size to rest it on the transom, leaving the cones
dangling either side?

You could also knock up a prop from the floor so the bow is not touching the wall as well.

I would have thought this is a near perfect way to store it.
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Old 27 October 2020, 08:09   #4
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Thanks - I think it'd be more convenient to store inflated to near full pressure as it'll be neater and easier to avoid any folds. Good idea re the box underneath!
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