What is the proper storage method for a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB)?

A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) is a great addition to any boating enthusiast’s collection. However, owning one also entails knowing the proper storage method to ensure its longevity.

Firstly, it is vital to keep the RHIB clean and dry before storage. This includes thoroughly washing the boat’s exterior and interior, ensuring all dirt and debris are removed from the hull and tubes. Afterward, allow the boat to completely dry, including the bilge area, before storing it.

Secondly, when it comes to storing an RHIB, selecting the correct storage location is crucial. A garage, storage shed, or warehouse is a great option as it provides shelter from the elements. If you plan to store the boat outdoors, consider investing in a water-resistant cover to protect it from the sun, rain, and wind.

Thirdly, it is important to always deflate the tubes when storing a RHIB. This reduces the pressure on the seams and materials, prolonging the life of the tubes. However, do not leave them deflated for an extended period. Inflate the tubes once every few months to prevent any permanent creases or damage.

Fourthly, if not using the RHIB for an extended period, store it on a trailer. This way, you can move it about easily in the future. If the trailer has brakes, ensure the brake pads are well lubricated and storage in an area that is free from moisture and rust.

Lastly, take care to keep the RHIB’s battery charged during storage. Disconnect it and use a battery tender to keep it at full charge. Doing so will ensure the battery’s longevity, and you do not have to worry too much the next time you take it out on the water.

Proper storage for a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) is essential to its longevity. Keep the RHIB clean and dry, choose the correct storage location, and deflate the tubes when not in use. Store the boat on a trailer and keep the battery charged. Following these steps will ensure that your RHIB remains in tip-top condition, ready for your next boating adventure.

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