The buoyancy tube of your inflatable kayak is made of fabric using plastomer PVC. Inflatable kayak maintenance is easy but essential.
Clean it every month: (if used extensively) but recommended seasonally before storing for the winter.
NEVER USE STRONG DETERGENTS (ACID, TRICHLORETHYLENE, MINERAL SPIRIT) OR SILICONE-BASED PRODUCTS TO CLEAN YOUR INFLATABLE KAYAK.
Inflate the buoyancy tube.
Open the self bailer and wash the kayak with a hose to remove sand and other particles.
Remove the floor or floorboards where applicable.
Clean all grime, stains, etc.
Check all inflatable sections for leaks, with foamy soap and water.
Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly.
NEVER USE HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING EQUIPMENT. THIS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE KAYAK When deflating your inflatable kayak
Check that the valves and gaskets are clean and not damaged.
Check to ensure the self bailer is not clogged.
A 20% air pressure loss in a 24 hours period is normal.
Only address more serious air leakages: ie: .25 PSI in 5 hours
If you have a problem with an air leakage: first, check all valves are intact and in closed position (nothing clogging the valve).
Storage of inflatable kayaks:
When storing your inflatable kayak, keep it in a clean and dry place that is not affected from major variations in temperature and other damaging environmental
factors. You may store the kayak deflated and rolled up or lightly inflated. If you own an inflatable with a removable tubeset, take it off for easier, more thorough
cleaning. You may store the tubeset on or off the kayak.
FOR LONG TERM STORAGE IN THE SUN (ESPECIALLY IN TROPICAL REGIONS), PROTECT YOUR KAYAK WITH A COVER.RODENTS CHEW ON FABRIC INCLUDING INFLATABLE KAYAK MATERIAL. STORE
AWAY FROM RODENTS (RATS AND MICE).
Yes, it is possible to fix unglued transom of inflatable boat relatively easy. First, try to glue what you can back. Glue transom holder back to transom sides. Do all repairs in low humidity environment. Wipe with Acetone 3 times, wait 5 minutes between applications. Then apply PVC boat glue 3 times with an acid brush. Wait 5 minutes between first 2 application and 5-10 after last application. Join glued pieces together and press with old spoon to remove any air bubbles. Then get stainless steel screws with large stainless steel washers and screw directly into transom holders every 2-3" on both sides of transom holder. Screws will hold transom pretty good, even better than glue. As long as transom holder is glued good to the boat tubes, you can still use boat after transom repairs for many years.
PVC or Polyvinyl chloride as it's called by plumbers is one of the vert important of modern plastics. It is the material used to make PVC plumbing pipes, the tough, durable insulation around household electrical wire, and the shiny covering on a floor. In current modern society we can not get by a single day without mulitple encounters with PVC, and it's safe to say our society wouldn't be the same without it. Let get to the subject and talk about PVC as it applies to inflatable boats.
The PVC used to make inflatable boats is essentially the same stuff used to make plastic plumbing pipes. The major difference is that the material used to make inflatable boat PVC fabrics airtight has various component added to make it more flexible and softer than the average plumbing pipe. Dyes are also added to give the PVC fabric particular colors.
PVC-covered inflatable boats fabric is cheaper than Hypalon fabric, but the big advantage of PVC fabric over Hypalon fabric is that seams can be cold welded quickly and efficiently. Seams on a Hypalon or Hypalon boats, on the other hand, must be hand-glued by highly skilled workers using a glue pot and brush.
However, PVC dose has several issues as a inflatable boat material. It is photodegradabie. In direct sun light PVC fabric slowly breaks down. If you leave a PVC inflaable boat out in the sun for long period of time, it will begin to fade out or become sticky. Many quality manufacturers of PVC inflatable boats protect their products with ultraviolet coatings similar to the UVAs (ultraviolet absorbers) in marine varnishes and paints.
Many of our customers ask: “How do I know if the boat is fully inflated?” For every boat larger than a play boat, get used to inflating it as hard as you can with the standard foot pump. Don’t worry about damaging your boat by putting too much air into it; quality boats will withstand pressures above what you can generate with a manual pump. Some boats come with a pressure gauge, but they generally aren’t necessary. Also Saturn inflatable boats have safety release valves installed on all of their boats so do not worry about overinflating the boat. The maximum pressure attainable with a standard foot pump is likely to be very close to the optimum operating pressure. Boat should feel hard to the touch and bouncy when you jump on the gunwales; any softness means you need more air. It is amazing how much more responsive a properly inflated boat is compared to the same boat underinflated.
When you inflate your boat on a hot beach or launching ramp, putting it in the water cools the air and reduces the volume. Once the boat has been in the water for a few minutes, release some of the air pressure. Coming the other way, if you drag your boat up onto the hot sand for a day in the sun, release off enough air to reduce the pressure by about 25 percent. The pressure in a fully inflated boat can double when you take it from cold water to hot sand. No, your boat won’t explode, but the additional stress on the seams of the boat can shorten its life.
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Like many inflatable boat owners most of us leave our boats inflated in the water for the duration of the boating season to save ourselves the time of constantly assembling and disassembling the boat. If you leave your boat in the salt water to accumulate growth below the waterline, you’ll need to scrape it off, but proceed with extreme caution. Scraping with a metal scraper is out: this will remove the fabric’s rubberized coating quicker than it will remove the barnacle growth. Sanding is out for the same reason. You can use a plastic scraper if you exercise care.
The safest way to remove marine growth such as barnacles is to kill it by leaving the boat out in the sun for a day or so, and then washing the bottom with a strong soap solution and a stiff-bristle scrub brush. Ammonia, vinegar, fabric softener, and bleach found in any hardware store are all said to help the process, but there is no substitute for elbow grease. If barnacles have left their little rings on your bottom, don’t try to get them off, otherwise you will scrub right through the fabric.
How SATURN inflatable boats are different from other brands?
Saturn Inflatable boats
are made of the same quality materials as famous expensive brand name inflatable boats. The workmanship is exactly the same or even better quality then most overpriced brand names that you can buy in retail marine stores. Our SATURN boats are made by a major manufacturer of inflatable boats in Korea.
Some of Saturn boats strong points:
- Very clean, hand-made seams. Glue does not stick out from seams.
- Double layer fabric at the bottom of all tubes .
- The Extra thick 1100 Dtex fabric with polyester support is a much thicker fabric than some other famous brands use.
- Flat and rigid air floor. Not bended in front like on most other brands.
- Safety valve that prevents over-inflation.
- There are several reasons why our prices are the lowest in the US:
- We import directly from the manufacturer bypassing the middleman.
- By conducting our business on-line we avoid expenses that retail stores are passing on to their customers.
- We do not invest as heavily in marketing as other famous brands do.
- We don't have to maintain a large network of dealers and retail stores.
- Our 2 year warranty doesn't force you to pay for extra years that otherwise are just built-in into the retail price.
Saturn inflatable boats are not toys. These are heavy-duty, commercial grade, exceptional quality and workmanship watercrafts that are portable when deflated and total fun when blown up with air! Totally rigid, you can hit them with a hummer and nothing happens! And best of all, Saturn inflatable boats are not expensive, not at all, so you can go boating, without stretching your budget! Saturn inflatable boats start at only $549 for a 7’ personal dinghy and up to $1499 for a 15 feet, 8-persons inflatable monster, which can handle anything, from special military ops to diving and ocean rescues.
If you live close to the water, or ever wanted to go boating, but lack the resources or storage space for a full size boat, than you should consider a Saturn inflatable boat.
Why? Inflatable boats take up as much space as a medium size bag when deflated, and can be stored almost anywhere, such as a car trunk, closet, or even an empty corner of your apartment. But when inflated, with a hand or electric pump, in a matter of minutes, an inflatable boat can take you or your whole family for a day of fishing, fun and exploration at exhilarating speeds. And best of all, when you’re done, just let air out and roll everything back into the bag, till next time.
So, if you’ve ever dreamed about getting on the water, but storage or funding was your limitation, we have an inflatable adventure waiting for you! We have inflatable boats, kayaks, inflatable paddle boards, fishing boats and even our own invention, a crossover between kayaks and boats – KaBoat! A whole bunch of accessories are also available.
Saturn inflatable boats are not toys. These are heavy-duty, commercial grade, exceptional quality and workmanship watercrafts that are portable when deflated and total fun when blown up with air! Totally rigid, you can hit them with a hummer and nothing happens! And best of all, Saturn inflatable boats are not expensive, not at all, so you can go boating, without stretching your budget!
Saturn inflatable boats start at only $549 for a 7’ personal dinghy and up to $1499 for a 15 feet, 8-persons inflatable monster, which can handle anything, from special military ops to diving and ocean rescues!