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Old 23 October 2014, 11:44   #11
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>>>is it easy to stand in the air deck

As Mike says there are some that have varying degrees of V shape ((like Honwave & Bombard + others).

My Zodiac is the flat type of air floor and it is "hard" in inverted commas. If you rap it it feels and sounds more like a solid material but if you stand on it then it will flex underfoot enough to feel a little unbalancing.... not a great deal but noticeable.

Compare that to my previous SIB, an alloy floor Honwave, which felt just like a GRP/timber boat when standing on the floor.

Folks do fish with an air floor but it adds a level of risk in puncturing with a hook/knife and is potentially harder to repair than a tube due to the higher pressure.

Mike is correct re the clog dancing... useless with an air floor, even worse with the V type, clattery with alloy but perfect with wood.

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Old 24 October 2014, 07:56   #12
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Originally Posted by Mikefule View Post

I don't fish, but I have carried dive gear, and anchor box and other items and I find that a hard flat floor is the best.

With a ply floor, you can even consider adding tie down points for specific pieces of kit.

I am not sure I would like to knock over a bunch of fishing hooks in a boat with an air deck.

Finally, as one who has tried fishing and not found it overly exciting, and when the fish are not biting, it is possible to practice clog dancing on a plywood floor, but it would be less satisfactory on an air deck.
I have A Zodiac 340 air floor & have tried to fish once in it, I would agree there is some risk but draping a tarpaulin over the floor & over 1 tube reduces this, MX & downhill are my preferred sports so like you, I find fishing a little boring & they also smell, sort of fishy? Battered cod is usually available shore side which also renders the activity a but pointless.

I solved the risk of hooks puncturing the deck by inadvertently keeping the sharp bits imbedded safely in the end of my fingers.

I like your suggestion of clog dancing & may give fishing another try knowing there is always the option to turn a shuffle on if things are slow going, the air floor won't be an issue as I'll either take a 2' piece of marine ply or strap some bells to my feet & go down the Morris route instead.

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