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Old 30 March 2014, 11:12   #1
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A few questions about my new SIB

Picked it up yesterday, brought it home, gave it a good clean (That was such hard work! Not cleaned in years) and went out on the canal, good day! Couple of questions though... Whats that back square bit of plastic flapping around on the boat for used for? (Pic)

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Would it be safe to fish in my boat even with a inflatable bottom? Also easiest way to attach a Rod holder to the boat and where? (for some reason ours didn't come with a seat)

Also when we were pumping up the boat as soon as we removed the pump it instantly started to deflate, so we had to be really quick and screw the caps back on... Is this meant to happen? As there were two valves that didn't let any air out once it was pumped up? There were some spring like things in the valve but we didn't really know what they were for ?

What paint to use? i presume i can't use normal paint in the sea!!

Best way to transport boat? I think we underestimated the weight of these boats haha, we literally carried it for 5 mins to the canal and were shattered >_>, seems like a bit of a pain to keep inflating and defalting, wont fit on my car but could tie it to the roof?

Sorry for all the noobish questions, first boat ever owned haha.

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Old 30 March 2014, 12:16   #2
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She looks in good condition

Ok to fish from inflatables with sensible precautions, fabrics are pretty tough but flat tipped knife is recommended

You can affix rod holders to your tubes, e.g. Oar holder patches for inflatables

I suspect that your valves are in the locked open position, just need to depress the diaphragm and twist to put into the closed position.

Paint? I presume you aren't referring to flexi antifoul, so what do you intend to paint?

Plenty of dinghy wheels available that can be affixed to transom to make it easier to move her when inflated. For faster inflation then best to buy a 2 speed inflator (manual or electric available) with high speed/lower pressure setting for tube and lower speed but higher pressure for the air deck.

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Picked it up yesterday, brought it home, gave it a good clean (That was such hard work! Not cleaned in years) and went out on the canal, good day! Couple of questions though... Whats that back square bit of plastic flapping around on the boat for used for? (Pic)

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Would it be safe to fish in my boat even with a inflatable bottom? Also easiest way to attach a Rod holder to the boat and where? (for some reason ours didn't come with a seat)

Also when we were pumping up the boat as soon as we removed the pump it instantly started to deflate, so we had to be really quick and screw the caps back on... Is this meant to happen? As there were two valves that didn't let any air out once it was pumped up? There were some spring like things in the valve but we didn't really know what they were for ?

What paint to use? i presume i can't use normal paint in the sea!!

Best way to transport boat? I think we underestimated the weight of these boats haha, we literally carried it for 5 mins to the canal and were shattered >_>, seems like a bit of a pain to keep inflating and defalting, wont fit on my car but could tie it to the roof?

Sorry for all the noobish questions, first boat ever owned haha.

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Old 30 March 2014, 15:50   #3
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Thanks for that.

Will invest in a couple of them rod attachments

Regarding the electric pump with the air pressure could u link me to one of those please . My boat says 0.2bar I presume that is everywhere?

Also, I know that my 2.8 isn't the biggest and it won't exactly be roomy with me and my mate fishing in it, but in everyone's experience has it all gone ok? Any pointers?
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