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There is no simple answer to this question. You should evaluate how you intend to use your inflatable boat and plan accordingly. Each of the boats in the Duras line offer wood floor options, and the DX86, DX96, and DX104 models offer air floor options. All models have differing specifications on the maximum number of people, weight and horsepower of proper engine. Contact us to discuss your needs and find the model that's right for you.
The 1000 Denier hull material is a rugged, solid fabric that operates with a 3.6 PSI working pressure. All Duras boats feature three air chambers within the tube and an inflatable keel. The air chambers are completely separate and ensure buoyancy in the event of a single chamber failure. The Duras line of inflatable boats also features a double layer of PVC material on the underside for extra protection.
The different floor options on the DX86, DX96, and DX104 models are another way of customizing your inflatable boat. If you intend to inflate/deflate the boat for each usage the air floor offers increased speed and efficiency during this process. The wood floor may be a better option for those who intend to keep the boat inflated for long periods of time.
When preparing to stow your new boat you should always wash off all debris and let it dry completely before storing. Do not use harsh chemical cleaners or cleaners containing abrasives or silicone as these may adversely affect the hull material. Do not store in extreme temperatures (i.e., over 150F/below -10F). You should always store your boat in a clean and dry place.
If you are losing air pressure (unrelated to cold weather), check the boat for leaks, starting with the valves. The best tool to find leaks is soapy water in a spray bottle. Spray soapy water around the valve. If you see bubbles forming, check your valve seating and base to be sure the valve insert is screwed tight using the valve removal tool located in the repair kit. If you continue to have problems, it may be necessary to replace the valve.
Your Duras Inflatable Boat comes with a repair kit as standard equipment. If you no longer have the repair kit, you can order a new one from us.
Cut a patch of repair material large enough to overlap the damaged area by approximately 1/2", and round off the edges. The repair area must be roughed up using sandpaper or other abrasive material for glue to properly adhere to the area. Apply glue to the under side of the repair patch and around the area to be repaired. Too much glue will interfere with a proper repair. Allow adhesive to become tacky for 2-4 minutes, and then place the repair patch on the damaged area. Use a weight to apply 3-5 lbs. of pressure for 12 hours. After the repair patch has dried, apply glue around the edges for a complete seal (dry 4 hours).
If you feel a repair is too large or difficult, you should contact us for advice on the best way to fix your boat before proceeding.