HOW TO DEFLATE AND STORE YOUR INFLATABLE BOAT

Your boat has several separate air chambers with valves. Each valve has a pushpin in the middle that can be pushed in and rotated. When the pin is in the "out" position the valve is closed.  When the pin is in the "in" position the valve is open and air will escape. When storing your boat you will push the pin in with your finger and turn it a quarter turn to lock the pin in the down or "in" position.  This will allow the air to escape from your boat chambers.

If you need to fit your boat in a small space, or you want to get it back in the original box, you can use a shop-vac style vacuum cleaner or a 12-volt electric pump to deflate the inflatable keel and each air chamber. Close the valve and install the valve protector cap when done.  If you are not worried about the boat being a small as possible when stored you can simply let the air escape from the valves as you roll up your boat.  The bag that comes with each boat is large enough for a loosely rolled up boat to fit in.

If your boat is equipped with a Plywood or Aluminum Floor, it is now time to remove it. Remove the stringers from either edge first. Now, lift the floor about 10 inches at the rear most seam (between the last and second last floor pieces). Carefully lift the pieces out and place them in their carrying case.

If your boat is equipped with a High Pressure Air deck Floor, remove the air from it and install the valve protector cap. It is not necessary to remove the floor from the boat unless you wish to clean the boat at this time.

The valves should be in their "open" position for disassembly. 

Make sure that each chamber in your boat has a very small amount of air in it to prevent severe scrunching of the fabric so that damage doesn't occur while your boat is being stored.


Next, deflate the front section of the boat. As it is deflating pull up on the bow ropes. This will make it easier to fold later. Close the valve.

Deflate the main pontoons. As they are deflating pull up on the side ropes so that the boat will fold in properly. You want the pontoons to fold in so the entire package is not wider than the transom. If the pontoons are not folding in properly then put a bit of air back into them and repeat the deflation procedure until you achieve the desired result.

Fold the pontoons in so that they are laying flat and are no wider that the transom.


Fold the cones in.


Begin rolling up the boat from the transom.


Fold the nose of the boat in.


Finish rolling up the boat.


Place folded boat and accessories over carry bag.


Fold and faster narrow flaps of the carry bag.


Fold and fasten wide flaps of the carry bag.



Now the boat is compactly folded and stored in the bag, ready to be stowed away.

Store your inflatable boat in a cool dry environment, away from direct sunlight and hot or cold temperatures.  A basement is a great place to store an inflatable boat.