Maintaining Valves and Bailers

An important part of inflatable boat maintenance is to ensure that all air valves remain in proper working condition. You should check each valve periodically, as well as when you are putting the boat away for the season.

Check the valve for proper operation, make sure that the gaskets are clean and that there is no debris lodged in the valve that might inhibit proper functionality. A clogged or damaged valve will result in an air leak and this is one instance, where a bit of preventative maintenance can go an enormous distance.

For self-bailers, you should make sure that there is no sand, dirt or other debris blogging or clogging the bailer. This is an important safety feature and should be part of regular inflatable boat maintenance to ensure your continued safety on the water.

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