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Old 12-01-2016, 20:13   #1
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Walker Bay 8 removing floatation tubes?

I'm about to take possession of a secondhand Walker Bay 8 which comes with floatation tubes. As I'll be storing her on a beach, padlocked to a tree, I want to be able to remove the tubes. Before I make the final payment can anyone tell me if this is an easy process? Is there a lubricant I should use or soapy water? Or is it impossible to do?

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Re: Walker Bay 8 removing floatation tubes?

They just slide off. Soapy water workes great. When you put the tubes back on, don't install one side completely. You have to do both at the same time. Start one side then the other then alternate a foot at a time back and forth.

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Re: Walker Bay 8 removing floatation tubes?

Easy to do, unless it has been in place a long time with accumulated dirt and salt.
Deflate half or so before removing. They slide out from the back to the front (and you are left with sort of a 'V' shaped tube. As Santa said (don't think there is a -bad- Santa), slide both sides out together, ie with 2 people or, when on your own, a foot at the time alternate sides.
Sliding in is the reverse; clean the aluminium track before sliding in. BTW, if the track is dented.....fix that first.
Takes 10 minutes on the beach. Up to half an hour on deck of a small boat.
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Re: Walker Bay 8 removing floatation tubes?

Thanks guys, that's a weight of my mind.
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