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#11672369 - 06/16/16 09:34 PM Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons
ArgyleFloater Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 147
Loc: Argyle Texas
I was on another site and the members are mainly from the Idaho area. One of the main members repeatedly warned about constantly checking your pontoon pressure when it is hot. Since we are in Texas, that would be a major concern. I am in process of assembling my new Roanoke pontoon rig and would like to hear some Texas comments on this subject and what y'all do to adress this situation.

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#11672628 - 06/17/16 01:29 AM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
porta Offline
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 340
Air pressure is more of a consideration for those Northwest US area inflatables for 2 reasons- sun's heat (vs. cold ice melt water) and driving to high altitude waters can increase pressure to point of bursting. So the pressure may have to be adjusted frequently depending on being in the water or not. Texas is mostly flat by comparison and water is not as cold in Summer, so only extreme heat can be much of a factor, unless the craft is used in Winter.

The maximum inflation pressure must be known for inflatable craft. It is usually around 2 psi for fabric and around 3 psi for PVC reinforced shells (much higher 6psi? for drop stitch SUPs). Reduce the maximum pressure by about 1/3 if your pontoon will be exposed to the sun especially out of water (ie. 1.3 ! and 2.0 psi). A volleyball pressure gauge can be adapted, but special low psi gauges from marine stores are better. Pressing in hard with your thumb in the tightest area of the pontoon also works with some practice- maybe goes in about 1/4" at maximum pressure. A normal person can produce about 2 psi breath inflation with maximum effort, for reference.

Hope this helps.

PC



Edited by porta (06/17/16 09:49 AM)
Edit Reason: number misprint

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#11672713 - 06/17/16 07:01 AM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
Fish Chaser Offline
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When using my float tube in the summer I never worry about the tube until I put it in the back of my truck and head for home. The sun will cause the air in the tube to expand and could cause it to burst, so I always let some air out of the tube before I head home.

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#11672934 - 06/17/16 09:07 AM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
Clouser Offline
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Registered: 01/10/16
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He is right. I have three float tubes,two in Utah and one in Texas plus a float pontoon. The 1/4" deflection good rule of thumb. This is just me when I'm done for the day, I deflate them. I have a Coleman 12volt pump and a double action hand pump depending on how far it is from the truck. My float tubes take no time to air up,my pontoonson are 9' long and takes maybe 15 mins or longer if I have someone talking to me.I find it's really not an inconvenience seeing that I can't run and gun in them. Just my two cents.

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#11673173 - 06/17/16 10:57 AM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
ArgyleFloater Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
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Loc: Argyle Texas
Thanks for your replies. They are helpful!

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#11678043 - 06/20/16 11:58 AM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
MulGogiHunter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/14
Posts: 279
Loc: Grand Prairie, TX
Agree with all of the above. If it's out of the water, keep it out of the sun/high temps while it's fully inflated.

Let me know how that Roanoke works out for you. Just sold my inflatable SUP and am thinking of getting this.
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#11683211 - 06/22/16 07:56 PM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: MulGogiHunter]
ArgyleFloater Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 147
Loc: Argyle Texas
Tested it out in a small pond Sunday. I was surprised how high in the water it rode, being I weigh in at 230 lbs. My pontoons weren't max inflated either. I floundered around not used to the oars yet...lol/ I would post a pic from my gallery but I can't figure it out how to do it.

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#11683213 - 06/22/16 07:56 PM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
ArgyleFloater Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
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Loc: Argyle Texas
it worked! BTW, I am 6'4" 230 lbs


Edited by ArgyleFloater (06/22/16 07:57 PM)

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#11684380 - 06/23/16 11:39 AM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
MulGogiHunter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/14
Posts: 279
Loc: Grand Prairie, TX
That looks great! Time to rig it up.
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#11684695 - 06/23/16 02:25 PM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
porta Offline
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 340
Nice rig and pic.

The pontoon on your left looks to be under inflated, but not bad for your first time. The pontoon crease near to the center of mass will waste your rowing effort energy, and possibly affect straight line rowing. Not a good idea to let a crease get close to the folding point.

Hope this helps.

OE

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#11684957 - 06/23/16 04:29 PM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
Clouser Offline
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Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 227
Looks great, I've had mine for about 4 months and still haven't mastered the oars. One suggestion get some fins,made a big difference on controlling mine especially when you have a big fish on.

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#11692285 - 06/27/16 06:25 PM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: Clouser]
ArgyleFloater Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 147
Loc: Argyle Texas
Do you have the Roanoke? If so, do you use your apron? I am fixin' to go out and fish but the apron sure seems like a hassle and it seems like it would "trap" you in the seat? What are your experiences and/or am I doing it wrong? Your help is appreciated.

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#11692327 - 06/27/16 06:46 PM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
Clouser Offline
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Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 227
I have the Colorado XT. I have the striping basket, I attach mine to the left side just to hold some things or keep a fish still for a bit, for me in my lap it's in the way. When fly casting, when I strip back I coil the in my hand whether I'm standing on the bank or in the pontoon to me it's easier and doesn't get tangled on anything. That's just me.

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#11692332 - 06/27/16 06:49 PM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: Clouser]
Clouser Offline
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Registered: 01/10/16
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Another thing you might want to look into an inflatable PFD if you're afraid of being trapped plus it's the law.

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#11693686 - 06/28/16 11:51 AM Re: Texas Heat Effect on Pontoons [Re: ArgyleFloater]
ArgyleFloater Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 147
Loc: Argyle Texas
Not really "afraid" of being trapped. I will play with it when I get going to see what I can do with it. I already have a PFD ready to go. Of course all is finally ready now that the high heat has set in..lol

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