Keep Inflatables Inflated
Posted: September 1, 2013 | Tag: Dinghies and Davits
My buddy says it’s better to let my inflatable “go soft” than keep it topped up. Is that correct? Grant M., Sidney, B.C.
No, it is not. To allow an inflatable to languish in a deflated state promotes seam separation, chafing and abrasion. An inflatable should be kept pumped to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer, and, since many inflatables lose air over time, they should be inspected and topped up. They should also be protected from direct sunlight. Carrying a piece of old carpet on board can be useful in protecting your inflatable if you have to tie up to a barnacle-infested old dock, seawall or piling. Simply drape the carpet over the shore-side tube before tying up.