Maintenance and Repair Services for Inflatable Rafts

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  • I-beams - Over pressurization. Pressure relief valve is MANDATORY.

    1. There are various manufacturers using I-Beam technology (or Y-Beam in one manufacturer's application). An I-Beam is a vertical support in an inflatable floor applying restrictive force to two hemispheres of fabric. These I-beams give the self-bailing floor the "ribbed" look providing the floor it's mattress like function. On occasion, these I-Beams fail and you're left with an oversized bubble in the floor that is noticeably different than the rest of the I-Beams.
      1. Reasons for failure:
        1. Moisture in the floor attacks the adhesive bond and/or mildew destroys the stitching.
        2. Over pressurizing the floor. Typically, I-Beam floors have a nominal operating pressure of ~2.0 - 2.25 psi. When the floor is inflated, the I-beams store potential energy and displace that energy along the length of the attachment points. When the floor is over-inflated, weaknesses manifest and at some point in the I-beam system, a failure.
        3. Serviceable pressure relief valves set to the manufacturer's recommended release setting are mandatory on I-Beam floors.
  • Baffles - Over-inflating one chamber before inflating the others.
    1. With today's inflatables, we're typically dealing with Low Pressure-High Volume. People are amazed at the standard working pressures of inflatables relative to the one thing everyone has a bit of experience with, car tires. On average, boats need a nominal air pressure of 2.0 to 3.0 p.s.i. Pressures in excess of 3.0 p.s.i add undue stress to the critical seams and provide, to the private boater, little to no performance increases. Put an equal amount of pumps into each chamber until we reach our working pressure, keeping in mind, equality... Our goal here is to keep the baffle assembly as stress free as possible. How do we do that? Equal pressure in each tube.
  • Seams - Similar to baffle failures. Could also be poor mechanical and/or chemical bond.
  • Porosity - UV degradation. Oxidized with minute cracks.
  • Urethane Coatings - Add abrasion resistance.

    1. Abrasion Resistant Coating System (ARC) High performance, high build urethane elastomer coating process offering the greatest level of abrasion resistance and Ultra Violet stability. Other properties include high tensile strength, good elongation, and great adhesion. A major component in our process is a specially formulated aliphatic-hybrid urethane, which has better UV stability, and resistance to many chemicals than aromatic urethanes. The ARC system is hydrolytically stable which means it is not affected by moisture, as are standard urethanes. The ARC system is THE choice of outfitters and rescue agencies - proof that the technology meets the highest demands of professionals. The tried-and-tested, application process guarantees the system will provide years of service on most inflatable substrates. ARC is also especially suitable for the upkeep of new equipment. It protects the fabric, keeps it smooth, hinders oxidation and optimizes gliding properties. New boats are now being offered with similar technologies as standard components. ARC is available in many unique colors (like metallics) historically unavailable in standard elastomeric urethane coating technology. Plus... with inflatables, we're doing some cool custom stuff that was traditionally reserved for custom paint jobs on cars. Sounds expensive? Well that all depends on your objective. If you want THE most bang for your buck then the ARC process is the MOST efficient way to add value and serviceability to your beloved craft.
    2. Question: Will it work on my Havasu?
      Answer: ARC can be applied to just about any substrate inflatable.
      Question: I've heard Urethane makes the boat harder to roll?
      Answer: ARC is FLEXIBLE. Some folks rant that Urethane coated boats are impossible to roll up. Inaccurate. The ability to roll up a boat with Urethane coating is directly related to the type of fabric you've applied urethane to. A PVC boat that was difficult to roll is still going to be difficult to roll. A Hypalon / Neoprene boat that wasn't difficult to roll, won't be difficult to roll after the coating process.
      Question: Is a boat with the ARC process harder to repair?
      Fact: You CAN repair a urethane-coated boat. Not much different than repairing a Hypalon/Neoprene boat.
      Question: Is this stuff as tough as boat fabric?
      Answer: Urethane coatings will offer more abrasion resistance than conventional boat fabrics pound for pound. ~8lbs. per mixed gallon.
      Question: I see a lot of fading of Urethane, does yours fade?
      Fact: Our ARC process is extremely UV resistant. incorporated UV stabilizers in both the resins and pigments. You wanna talk about UV. I've had samples from 4 years ago stapled to my roof and they barely show any changes.
      Question: I've seen Urethane on boats and they seem to peel. Does yours?
      Fact: Urethane won't peel... with the proper prep. ARC is a process.
      Question: Is this new technology?
      Fact: Similar urethane coatings are offered by many inflatable boat manufacturers as a stock item.
  • D-rings - Concentrated and unusual stresses.
  • Handles - Similar to D-rings.
  • Valves - Leaking gaskets and valve boots or retro-fit to newer standardized valves.
    1. Mainstream commercial inflation valves:
      1. Samgong Metal Military Valve:
        1. Requires boot. Tried and true in it's simplicity. The Samgong military is the mainstay for pre-Leafield Hysides. Common problem with the valve is corrosion, which leads to sticking. A little Tri-Flow. Teflon lubricant gets them back in shape. Compatible with some Udiscos and OLD Avons / Spirit.
      2. Riken (NRS) T-Valve:
        1. Similar to Samgong. Nylon. Compatible with some old Campways and Momentums.
      3. Leafield Engineering:
        1. A-7. May be used both recessed boot or bootless using the optional pressure ring. Core assembly is located inside the boat tube making service difficult.
          Workhorse of older Avons and Colorado Headwaters. Classic.
        2. B-7. Bootless. Note notch configuration on valve body to facilitate special valve wrench. It is designed to clamp directly to the fabric, which makes it compatible with most boat fabrics. Core assembly is located inside the boat tube making service difficult. Long time Aire standard.
        3. C-7. Ultra low profile. Bootless as B-7. Note notch configuration on valve body to facilitate special valve wrench. Core assembly is conveniently located with the outer assembly which makes service a breeze. Fast becoming boat manufacture's valve of choice. My personal favorite.
      4. Halkey Roberts 690 Series
        1. 690 BV (Stands for Boat Valve.) - It is designed to clamp directly to the fabric, which makes it compatible with most boat fabrics. 2-part system, valve rarely holds air without cap installed. Special tool required.
        2. 690 NSBV (Stands for New Style Boat Valve.) - Similar to BV. Enclosed deflation fingers and lower profile locking ring.
      5. Maravia Volcano D-1 / 2:
        1. Early valve requiring boot. Similar operations to Leafields and Halkeys. Defunct.
      6. Boston Valve: a. Price point valve found on many Sevylor, Sea Eagle, Quicksilver (Mercury), Zodiac and other PVC boats and air mattresses. On occasion booted. 2-part system with inner flap flange restricting airflow and outer cap as main seal.
      7. Valve Boot (typical): Various materials from Urethane to Neoprene.
        1. Military valve systems have 6 holes for mounting valves. A common problem with these boots is that the holes become striped or screws get misaligned. In these events, a temporary fix would be to use a filler material in the questionable hole to allow the screw to bite with friction and squish in your favorite goopy sealer. A permanent solution would be to replace the boot.
        2. Leafield and Maravia versions are screw-less and operate on a compression principle with the valve assembly compressing a hole in the boot.
        3. A note about rubberized valve boots: UV=Bad. Treat exposed rubber with a UV protectant (NO SILICONES) often.
        4. Some manufacturers have a similar "military" style but have modified dimensions of valve body taper which make boots a proprietary component specific to the manufacturer and year.
  • Fabric - Compromised due to operator error.