MAINTENANCE & CARE
AeroBOTE Inflation & Deflation
All AeroBOTE boards are intended to be inflated no more than 15 PSI.
Manual Pump: The included manual pump will not register PSI until the pressure in the board reaches approximately 7 PSI. Inflate the board until the gauge reads 15 PSI. This will give the board maximum stability.
Electric AeroPump: To begin inflating, first set the AeroPump’s dial to 15 PSI and then, run the pump. It will begin on a low pressure and will switch audibly to a higher pressure when the board reaches about 7 PSI. It will automatically shut off when the board reaches 15 PSI.
Deflation: The electric AeroPump contains a deflate valve. This valve will connect to the board and deflate it until the board looks completely flat. It’s important to watch and never leave the pump during the deflation process because it can overheat once all the air is extracted. To finish deflation, lock the valve open by using the thumbscrew and roll the board up.
Do not leave your board in the sun while it’s not in use. The sun will cause damage to your BOTE board, just like it does to your skin. Here’s why:
Solid Board De-lamination: Your BOTE board is made of foam, which is mainly air and other gasses. When gasses are heated up, they expand. This will result in increased pressure inside the board and if the gasses continue to heat up, the intensity of the pressure will cause the fiberglass shell to detach from the foam core. This is known as de-lamination and will lead to air bubbles being trapped in the foam core and fiberglass shell.
- Follow these tips to avoid de-lamination:
The Gore-Tex® Vent Plug: Do not tamper with this plug. Its purpose is to keep water and air out of your board. It will vent automatically, unless damaged, removed, or loosened.
- Seek a shady spot or cool, dry place to store your BOTE board when possible.
- Use a well-ventilated board bag to store your board. This will help protect your board from direct sun exposure.
Inflatable Board Bursting – The recommended PSI for an AeroBOTE in use is 15. However, if the board is left in the sun it may burst as the air inside it expands. The sun will also weaken the material and seams, making the board more prone to damage. If your AeroBOTE bursts from increased pressure from sun exposure, it will not be covered under warranty because it is not a manufacturing defect. Follow these tips to avoid bursting:
- Depressurize the board: If your AeroBOTE board has to be left outside in the sun, reduce the board’s pressure to approximately 7 PSI or lower.
- When not using your AeroBOTE, always store it in a shady spot or in cool dry place.
Your AeroBOTE board may experience fading if overexposed to sunlight. Your BOTE board is made up of UV resistant materials but colors may fade overtime. This will not have any effect on the performance of your board, just its beauty. To avoid colors fading, always store your BOTE board out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dry place.
The fiberglass shell of your solid BOTE board may experience some damage. Dings and cracks are bound to occur with everyday use, just like with your automobile. A ding is a small depression to the fiberglass shell.
Depression Ding: This is usually nothing serious and just surface damage caused by rough board handling. However, if the ding is located on the bottom of you board, it may affect the flow of water along the underside of the board. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about this.
To avoid depression dings, always handle your BOTE board with care and avoid coming in contact with any hard surfaces. While using your board, only stand in areas that are covered by the deck pad.
Crack Ding: This is more serious than a depression ding. Crack dings can occur when the board comes in contact with a hard surface. Always, check for crack dings because they may cause water damage if they reach the foam core. This will lead to problems over time, like increased board weight. You board will not perform as well if the crack ding is not repaired as quickly as possible.
To fix the crack ding, remove the board from the water immediately and have it repaired by a fiberglass specialist. You can also try to repair it yourself by purchasing a fiberglass repair kit, which can be found online or in some hardware stores. Your BOTE board is made with EPS foam core and should be repaired with an epoxy resin based repair kit.
Cracks and dings will lead to water damage. If you believe your BOTE board is waterlogged, check the board for any damage to the fibreglass shell. If you find any cracks or dings, please refer to our “Board Damage” section above and follow instructions.
If your find your board to be suffering from water damage, locate the vent plug and remove it. Store your board in a dry place and allow the water to evaporate. The foam core may be discoloured if it is waterlogged, but the board will maintain its functionality if the core is given optimal time to dry.
There are many different types of roof racks that will be safe for your BOTE board. Look for the roof racks made specifically for paddle boards. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Other roof racks will also transport your BOTE board safely. Here are some steps to help you transport your board:
- Secure your BOTE board to the roof by using high quality straps. Avoid using ratchet tie down straps, as they may damage your board.
- Make sure to not over-tighten the straps, this could potentially damage your board.
- Place the board on the roof racks with the fin/fin box facing the sky and at the front of the vehicle.
- Use a foam cushion or pad to cover the racks. This will protect your board.
- Use a cushion on the straps to help protect your board.
- If transporting multiple boards, use a cushion to place between the boards to prevent any damage.
- Place the roof racks with the proper distance between them to securely support your BOTE board at high speeds.
- While driving, avoid going too fast. Traveling at high speeds with boards on your roof can cause damage to the boards or to your vehicle.
The purpose of the plastic Gore-Tex® vent plug is to prevent any water or air from entering the inside of the board. You don’t need to do anything; this plug works automatically. Avoid damaging or loosening the plug.
Fins and Fin Box
All BOTE boards have a standard 10-inch fin box. The fin box will fit your BOTE main fin and most other market fins. The fin will have a tight fit into the fin box.
To install the fin into the fin box, you need to remove the aluminium plate and screw from the fin. Place the aluminium plate into the fin box and position it all the way forward on the recessed track. Next, set the fin into the fin box by sliding the brass pin into the opening until it bottoms out. Slide the fin as far back as you would like. Place the screw into the fin and line it up with the aluminium plate. Push the front of the fin down and attach it to the aluminium plate by tightening the thumbscrew by hand.
Fin installation may be tricky the first few times because the fin box is so tight but this is a good thing. This means your board will ride better. Overtime, the fin box will start to “open” up, which will make it easier to insert and remove the fin. If you find the fin to fit too tightly, use light sand paper to sand the inside of the fin box to get rid of any resin or extra plastic chips that may be present.