Storage - care - repair

How does one store a GRABNER boat properly?

Best is to store the boat slightly inflated.
If there is insufficient space available, the boat may loosely be rolled up – under no circumstances shall the boat be bundled and laced tightly, or something heavy to be loaded on top.

The boat shall be cleaned thoroughly and dry. The place of storage shall be protected against direct sunshine, extreme fluctuations of temperature and moisture.

Can a GRABNER boat be stored in a dry room, during the winter though exposed to frost temperatures?

Yes (max. -20 Grade Celsius) – that is not harmful to the boat.

It should though not be folded or rolled tightly, but rather lose if possible.

How often shall the boat be treated with a boat-care liquid-agent?

At least once before winterising.
More often, if heavily used during the season, in particular, after deployed in seawater rinse thoroughly and apply the liquid care agent generously.. 

How does a rubber boat repair?

A rubber boat can be repaired easily – the same principle as repairing a bicycle tube.

For details, refer to:  "SERVICES" - Repairs

Can I bond fixtures to the boat-skin by myself?

In principle yes – but proceed  following instructions in detail!
Too much or insufficient roughening, too short or too long airing time, too much or too little glue, too little contact pressure can lead to negative bonding results. 

All rather heavily stressed components can be bonded at the GRABNER boat factory.

What is the difference between a tube of glue and 2 part factory adhesive with catalyst-hardener?

Tube glue is suitable for minor repairs and bonding component of little load bearing.

Factory adhesive is a mixture to which catalyst hardener is added for extra bonding power and heat resistance. It is used for patches and fittings of high load bearing. 

There are though tubes of glue available with catalyst hardener for smaller glue surfaces.

 

 

Can the boat adhesive be applied also, when temperatures are below 0° C ?

No, that is not possible, because at that temperature the adhesive will crystallise.  
When repairs are to be carried out in subzero temperatures, such should be inside a room with sufficient plus degrees prevalent. 

What adhesive patch can I cover by glue?

Tube of glue: app. 0,1 m2
100 ml factory adhesive: app. 0,2 m2
250 ml factory adhesive: app. 0,5 m2

What can I use to apply lettering to the boat?

Use hypalon paint.

Hypalon paint is available in below listed colors:

  •  black
  •  red
  •  white

What surface area do 100 ml of Rubber paint cover?

App. 0.4 m2

Is Nirosta absolutely suitable for seawater?

Even the most valuable Nirosta Chrome - Nickel - Steal can get little flight rust infestation on the welds. You take remedial action by wiping it off and rinse it off with freshwater; afterwards you grease it lightly.

Does the GRABNER company repair other makes too?

Basically yes – the material must be of rubber / Hypalon.
PVC and/or other materials can not be repaired. 

How long does the repair take when carried out by GRABNER?

After submission of the boat and inspection, a repair cost estimate will be made by return.

You can speed up the duration by responding to the offer quickly.

During the peak of the season delays may be experienced, because many boat owners wait to the last minute. You can avoid delays, by having repairs attended to outside the boating season, that is in late autumn, winter and spring.

Can the colour of the red boat-skin easily stain clothing?

Constant rubbing against wet boat-skin can lead to slight staining of  light shade clothing.

The black or red fabric seat cushions and  an underlaid cloth will protect against staining.

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