Modern technology has allowed us to build a type of boat inflatable material such as canoeing, traditionally built in rigid material and wood. A kayak is great for use in rivers and Rapids, where thanks to its softness can absorb any type of impact from contact with rocks, pebbles and imperfections in the bottom of the river. It is also great for transportation, as it bends and you put in the trunk of the car as a backpack. But it is not indestructible and needs special care in maintenance. Here are some below:
- When the clean, don’t just use a detergent or SOAP. Better to use a specific detergent and never an oil-based, as it may damage the material. This is even more true if the canoe has already suffered some minor damage, we don’t want to worsen.
- Leaks and punctures are inevitable. For this before each use should ensure the State of the canoe by wiping, once inflated, with SOAP and water, so that any spillage will result in soap bubbles and will be easier to identify. Patched every hole covering the outline for at least 5-6 cm, unless the damage is major, in which case it’s best to ask the help of an expert.
- When you put away the canoe after use, not the deflated completely as this would make it more vulnerable to breakage. Cover it with a tarp to protect it from the elements. And if you don’t have the space to store it partially inflate, deflate it all but only once is completely clean and dry and must not be bent more than allowed by its structure.
- Buy inflatable canoe with a good warranty. This not only assures you of the quality of the canoe that you buy (and the seriousness of the seller), but you can ask for replacement or repair if there is accidental damage.
Using these precautions is essential for the excellent performance of the canoe at any type of water–especially if you enroll in a competition – and especially for your safety while driving.
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