Advisor contents:
    Right cover for your boat
  How to choose the Trailer?
  How to fold the boat for storage?
  In-water boat storage
  Indoor boat storage
  Winter storage

Right cover for your boat  

The matter of overall covers is very important for inflatables. Of course the good cover protects your boat from the rain, dirt etc. But first it should protect the buoyancy tube from the abrasion and damages - that's the main function of overall cover. In order to prolong the lifetime of your boat we hardly recommend you to use the overall cover.
Normally every well established manufacturer of inflatable boats supply the proper overall covers as an optional equipment. With GRAND you can get the overall cover for every model from the smallest to the biggest. And every cover fits perfectly any boat model. You have also another option - to order the overall cover somewhere else. But here we'd like to give you some thoughts, which come from our experience:
 •  The cover should protect all the upper surface of the tube and the cockpit, including the cones.
 •  It's better to use firm fixing elements, not rubber rings, loops, etc.. which do not hold the cover 100% tight. It's especially important if you use the cover to protect the boat when you transport it in trailer on highway.
 •  All the edges and corners of the cover should have additional reinforcement.
 •  The material of the cover should be water-tight, but breathable. It's not a good idea to use non-breathable materials, because it will cause the high concentration of water vapor, which can be harmful to some parts and equipment inside.
 •  About tent color. In a matter of surface temperature under the direct sunlight - the white color is the best, at the same time it is absolutely not practical as it immediately becomes visually dirty, and looks really bad quite soon.
So, for hot climate areas the best choice will be the light-grey color. In medium climate areas we suggest to use grey or blue as they look rich and are still very practical.
 •  Pay special attention to the quality of the fabric and particularly to the stability of its color agent. In case of the poor fabric quality it can soil the boat horribly with no chance for cleaning.

    How to choose the Trailer?  
 •  The preferable way to transport rigid boats or even foldables is using a trailer. With the right trailer all the manipulations with the boat become very safe and easy. How to choose the right trailer? Just some advises :
 •  The trailer’s size and carrying capacity should correspond to your boat size and weight. Check the manual of your boat for exact parameters. It's not a good idea to choose the bigger ones for “safety reasons” – you will remember your choice each time you have to pull the trailer by yourself on a beach or slip.
 •  The bigger area of a boat hull and a trailer contact, the better! It means it is better to choose the trailers with more rollers or bigger bolsters. Always prefer bolsters to rollers: contact spot of rollers is much smaller than of bolsters.
 •  Adjust the rollers or bolsters to fit the shape of the boat. Keel line is the best area for contact as normally it is the strongest place of a hull.
 •  Better buy a heavy-duty trailer with heavy-duty springs, larger wheels and heavily galvanized for marine use.

After you get a right trailer – some advice for use:  •  The boat must be properly inflated.
 •  Haul the boat onto the trailer using the bow eye on RIBs, or lateral towing eyes on foldables.
 •  Lift the engine shaft down and fix it to the support provided on a trailer.
 •  Leave the self-bailer open.
 •  Tie down the boat with straps securely and tightly, using bow, lateral and rear eyes for that.
 •  In case of a long distance carriage close the boat with the overall cover in order to avoid the abrasion or damage of the tube and the hull with dust and stones on the way.

    How to fold the boat for storage?  
Sometimes such a procedure as folding can become a real problem if you do not know how to do it in a right way. Unfortunately, such situation sometimes occurs, when your deflated and turned boat is bigger than its carry bag and doesn’t want to go inside no matter what you try to do. Of course, mainly it’s a question of your practice and be sure that after some attempts you will realize that. To be more successful try to use the following:
 •  deflate the boat and remove everything what can be removed: floorboards, seats, oars (after removal it’s a good chance to clean and dry your lovely boat)
 •  close the oarlocks pins with caps to avoid damaging the tubes
 •  vacuum the boat, using the deflation hose of your foot pump
 •  fold transom towards bow and collapse tubes onto transom
 •  fold the tubes inside the boat
 •  fold the boat body from bow to the transom (there can be some folds)
 •  fold transom onto bow folds
 •  press the folded boat by yourself or leave it for 5-10 min with something heavy on it to remove the rest of air out of the boat
 •  tie the folded boat with a rope or strap.
In case of RIB boats the recommendations are similar. But the only difference is: just fold the tube onto the hull and take care to protect the perimeter of the boat against the tube damage.
Also do not forget to leave all the inflation valves open, when you pack the boat.

    In-water boat storage  
In-water storage of a boat during the season time is very popular – every moment it’s ready to run. At least we want to keep it ready. To avoid any surprises just follow some simple rules:
 •  securely fix your boat to a berth or marina pontoon every time you store in-water
 •  learn some easy marine knots to fix the boat – it will save you a lot of time to undo them
 •  always leave the self-bailer open
 •  lift and tighten the engine
 •  if you have a chance it’s better to remove the fuel tank and oars from the boat
 •  do not forget to cover your boat with an Overall Cover. It’s better to use the standard Overall cover for your boat (see the boat accessories list)
 •  in case you expect the boat to stay in water under the sunlight for a long time it’s quite good to bleed a little the pressure in the tube and other inflated parts: it will minimize the risk of boat damage as the result of a thermal pressure increase.

    Indoor boat storage  
For indoor storage use dry, shaded, place away from heaters with a stable temperature. If you have enough free space it’s better to unroll the boat and slightly inflate it. It is THE BEST WAY. In case you have no such a possibility we’d like to recommend you to open the boat from time to time (once in 2-3 months) for inspection. Do not roll the boat tight : the less folds the boat has, the better.
Try to avoid any folds as much as you can. Of course the boat should be clean and dry, when you put it for storage. It's likely to store all the parts, which can accumulate moisture (textile parts, cushions etc.), separately to make sure that they dry up well enough.

    Winter storage  
Of course the best way is not to store the boat outdoor – just imagine your lovely boat under the snow… ! It’s just a suggestion. But in case there’s (unfortunately!!!) no choice and a boat has to be outdoors, remember some important things:
 •  Low temperatures. Low temperatures are not dangerous for fabrics (the lowest working temperatures for most of boat fabrics are -30 deg.C.) but some serious limitations take place : as the fabrics loose the flexibility at low temperatures the problem may appear if you move or deform the fabric when it’s still frozen. Warm it up first indoors if you want to move it.
 •  Cover. For long term storage the standard cover is not enough – it should be bigger with more free space all around the boat for ventilation. The cover size should be big enough to close all the boat, not only a top. The very good idea is to make a kind of frame around the boat for cover, which will look as a tent around the boat – a boat small house for winter time.
 •  Trailer. In case the boat is on a trailer, try to install it on any hard and firm pedestal just to unload the wheels and springs.
 •  Engines. Winter time is a good opportunity for your engine maintenance in a service station. In any case to keep the engine outdoor in winter is not the best solution and it’s better to take it off the boat.


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