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Old 27 April 2016, 17:43   #1
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Aerotec tube inflation

Will be trying out my new bravo pump this weekend. Is there a recommended order to inflating the 3 sponson chambers? I have been inflating the side chambers nearly up to pressure, then the front chamber right up to pressure, then re check the sides and top up if need be. Is this correct?

I'm hoping this bravo pump will speed things up from using a hand pump!

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Old 27 April 2016, 18:12   #2
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50% each tube/bow in turn, then 100% side, side, bow is what I do. Never inflate one tube to 100% or anywhere near before doing the adjacent one.
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Yes. Exactly as Max described. Fully inflating one section will potentially damage the adjacent baffle.
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Hmmmmm!

Begs the question - how do you guys deflate your SIBs?

50% all around and then 100%?

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>>>Begs the question - how do you guys deflate your SIBs? 50% all around and then 100%?

Well for me it's done in 3 stages evenly round each section in turn!
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>>>Begs the question - how do you guys deflate your SIBs? 50% all around and then 100%?

Well for me it's done in 3 stages evenly round each section in turn!
Similar but in two stages for me.
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Similar but in two stages for me.

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Remember to top up again once it's been in the water to optimum presure
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Old 28 April 2016, 05:07   #8
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Remember to top up again once it's been in the water to optimum presure
When deflating??!

Seriousy, on the topping up when inflating - I only use a manual pump and that's bloomin' difficult to use in the boat let alone impossible for the floor.

I tend to over-inflate by a bit and then check when underway and on the water after a while.
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Compressed air can for when underway? This gets a mention somewhere on the forum, maybe 'what kit do you carry..'

Easiest way to tweak the floor pressure is not by hand or foot, next best is electric pump and battery but this takes up space.. all in one battery/compressor thingy?
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Also inflate evenly round each section in 3 or 4 stages - only deflate fully at end of season and keep tubes inflated at half pressure between use.
Always top up after 20 mins in water, and let a bit out when recovering.
Work on the assumption 90% of a sibs performance is gained in the final 10% of pressure.
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