Thank you for choosing our Inflatable Boat. Please read and understand the following as it will help to get more enjoyment and a longer life from your investment:
Unpack on a clean flat surface free of sharp objects that might damage the boat. As you unpack, note carefully the way it has been packed previously (i.e. - the way the sides have been folded towards the center-line, so that the transom folds over them, not between them). The way you can roll-up your dinghy and carry/stow it in the future with the encolsed carrying bag. Stow it for winter storage or when the dinghy is not going to be used for extended periods of time.
Check that it is complete with all parts: seats, oars, foot-pump, repair kit, carrying-bag & seat cushion.
The valves have a two-way action: free-flow, meaning air can freely pass in both directions and one-way (in only). You can alternate between the modes by pressing the central pushpin and making a quarter turn. For fast filling use the free-flow mode. Once near full inflation change the valve to one-way by rotating the pushpin a quarter turn. Be quick to avoid air pressure loss. Complete inflation with the provided foot pump. Never use a high pressure air source like a compressor or you risk bursting the boat. The tube pressure should not exceed 3 pis. In hot weather allow for a pressure build-up as the tubes heat up in sunlight.
General Care and Maintenance:
Always store your inflatable boat out of the sun when not in use. The suns UV is very damaging to just about everthing and while the fabric used by Raider Marine very durable, its life can be doubled by avoiding unnecessary exposure to sunlight. UV protectent sprays are also recommended.
Wash down with fresh water after use and stow in a cool, but not freezing, dry place.
Clean stains and dirt off the fabric with a gently abrasive household cleaner (non-solvent) if necessary. Avoid contact with fuels, solvents and oils, and clean any spills immediately.
When towing use a 10 -12 mm diameter nylon or polypropylene stretchable rope attached to all three towing points. This ensures the boat is spread and if the outer rings are used to take lines to the outer corners of the transom of the towing vessel you will find the inflatable tows more precisely, with less yawing and less risk of flipping even in rough conditions. In heavy weather take the inflatable on board the mother ship in possible. Removing the outboard motor drastically reduces the drag on towing the dinghy. Accumulated water from rain and waves can also over-load towing and cause damage.
Air loss appears to happen during cold weather but it may only be the air in the tubes shrinking. If you think you have a leak, check the valves first by applying a little soapy water to them when the boat is fully inflated and watch for any sign of bubbles. Popping the air valves to release short bursts of air may clear any dirt stuck under the seal. You can also check for physical damage and cuts by applying a soap solution to the whole surface and carefully check for signs of bubbles. Note when fishing, spines from spiny fish can cause tiny holes in the fabric that are very hard to detect, yet cause a persistent slow leak. Always use a net to land spiny fish and deposit them directly to a fish bin.
If you are losing air pressure, (aside from pressure loss from cold temperatures), check the boat over for leaks by spraying it with soapy water. Start by checking the valves first. A valve leak is rare, but if you do find a leak we can send you a replacement valve. Spray around the valves. If you see bubbles forming, check your valve fitting and base and be sure the insert is screwed on tight.
To find tiny leaks, fully inflate the boat. Put some liquid detergent in a bucket of water and rub it all over the boat with a rag. Watch for elusive or tiny bubbles. If you have no luck finding a slow leak with air bubbles, inflate the boat to its max air pressure and try to listen for the leak. If you can narrow the area down, return with a spray bottle to identify the source of the leak. Punctures less than 1/8" in size can be repaired simply without a patch. Deflate the boat, then clean and dry the area to be repaired. Apply a small drop of glue to cover the puncture and let dry for 12 hours.
All Raider Boats come with a repair kit. It is recommended to do repairs in dry weather. Humidity will decrease glue bond. Cut a piece of material large enough to overlap the damaged area by approximately 1 inch and round off the corners. Apply glue to the underside of the patch and around the area to be repaired. Too much glue will often interfere with a proper repair. Allow adhesive to become tacky for 5 minutes, then place patch on the damaged area. Use a weight to apply 3-5 lbs. of pressure for 24 hours. After patch has dried, apply glue around the edges for a complete seal.