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Preparing Your Inflatable Boat for Winter(2)

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In winter, the cleaning and storage of inflatable boats is very beneficial to prolong its service life. In addition to using the correct protective cover and inflating the boat, there are some other steps that need to be performed to prepare the mechanical systems of modern inflatable boats for the winter.



1. Fresh Water System

If you live in a place where the temperature may drop below freezing, you need to prepare a fresh water system for winter storage. Any items on the inflatable floating boat, such as showers, flushing nozzles and faucets, need to be treated with antifreeze. If water is left in these systems and freezes, the water will expand and may damage internal pipes.


Before performing any treatment on the fresh water system of the treasured inflatable boat, make sure to purchase the correct type of antifreeze. Antifreeze made of propylene glycol is usually found in RV and marine supply stores. It is safe for drinking water systems, while ethylene glycol is not safe for use. Safe antifreeze is often called the "pink thing" and can be found in large quantities at the end of autumn. Here is how to prepare a fresh water system:


1) Try to use the water in the fresh water tank and water pipeline until the water runs out.

2) Remove the main hose from the fresh water tank and put it in a bucket of safety antifreeze.

3) Use each fresh water device until the antifreeze starts to appear.

4) Don't forget the flushing nozzle in the swimming step.

5) Reconnect the main fresh water supply pipe to the fresh water tank and you can start spring.


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2. Sanitation and Air Conditioning

Your sanitation system and air conditioning of the plastic inflatable boat will also need a little care to prepare for winter. Before performing the following steps, please check the manufacturer’s recommended sanitation and air conditioning system preparation process, as the methods required for some specific systems are slightly different. This is the handling steps:


1) Rinse the nozzle with plenty of water to remove the residue left in the system.

2) Empty the storage tank in the pumping facility and make sure to flush it once or twice with fresh water.

3) For each head, close the sea valve and remove the fresh water inlet hose.

4) Put the water inlet hose into a bucket containing the same potable antifreeze as the fresh water system, and then pump it into the pump head until the antifreeze passes through the system and enters the storage tank.

5) Always use it safely, and use more, not less, to ensure that the antifreeze reaches the storage tank.


For air conditioning equipment, the process is very similar to the sanitation preparation steps:


1) Close the air-conditioning inlet valve and remove the water supply hose.

2) Insert the supply hose into the same moisture-proof kettle.

3) Run the air conditioning system until you see the antifreeze coming out of the overboard drain.

4) Reconnect the hose to its original water inlet.

5) If your gleaming inflatable boat has multiple air conditioners, repeat the above steps for each air conditioner.



3. Outboard Engine

1) Change the oil and filters to prevent sludge and contaminants from resting in the crankcase all winter. After changing, run the engine for five minutes to distribute clean oil throughout the engine.

2) Inspect for corrosion, loose hardware, leaks and other issues, all of which should be corrected before winter.



4. Fuel System

1) Change primary and secondary fuel filters, check and clear bowls of water and sediment.

2) Top off all fuel tanks to prevent condensation from forming.

3) E-10 gasoline (gasoline containing 10 percent ethanol) requires additives to prevent separation. Once the fuel is treated, run the engine for 15 minutes to circulate treated fuel throughout the entire fuel system.



5. Batteries

1) Check for loose or corroded connections and wiring.

2) Clean battery terminals and protect them with a corrosion inhibitor.

3) Top-off wet cell batteries with distilled water.


The maintenance of inflatable equipment is a very important thing. This work is not only suitable for inflatable boats, but also for inflatable pool float boat, inflatable double sofa, inflatable ocean toys, etc.


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