1. Sweet, you made it to your destination. Now roll out your Koaro.
2. Remove the one-way valve and screw in your inflation bag.
3. Catch some air. Where is the wind coming from again?
4. Squeeze in the air. Repeat.
5. Screw in the one-way valve.
6. Inflate the packraft by mouth as hard as you can. Do not use a pump. Close the valve.
7. Introduce the raft into the water. The air in the tubes will now cool down and decrease in volume.
8. Top up by mouth to achieve the right level of pressure. Don't miss this step.
Storage – Dry your packraft completely before rolling up and storing away. Storing a wet packraft can cause the coating of the fabric to decompose (accelerated aging). Only store in cold, dry places!
Inflation – Only use the designated inflation bag for inflation. Never use a pump. Once the packraft is introduced into the water the air in the tubes will cool and decrease in volume. Top up by mouth to achieve the right level of pressure.
Sun – Ultraviolet radiation is the enemy of all fabrics. Care should be given not to subject the raft to unnecessary
Heat – Pressure increases as the air inside the raft warms. Excessive pressure may cause damage to the packraft.
Sand and Gravel – Try to keep the creases between the inflated tubes and the floor & between the tubes and the spray deck sand free. Sand and small rocks will act as a constant source of abrasion.
Rocks, Logs & Bushes – Sharp rocks, logs, river debris and bushes are potential puncture hazards for any packraft. It is your own responsibility to not puncture your packraft.
Cleaning – Rinse the packraft with fresh water after each use and between each waterway, adding 5% dishwashing liquid which will kill didymo (1 Tsp per cup). Do not use abrasive soaps or abrasive detergents.
Fresh Water Pests and Didymo - To prevent the spread of freshwater pests always Check, Clean & Dry all boats and recreational equipment between waterways (see cleaning instructions above).
HOW TO INFLATE YOUR KOARO
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR KOARO
Photos: Em Oyston by James Reardon