Your question inspired me to go look out my SIB after its winter storage.
The weather is forecast to warm up a bit for the weekend and light winds..so my thoughts are to take it to Loch Leven for its first adventure this year. See if I can target myself a thornback ray..or failing that..just enjoy the scenery of Glencoe area
I threw the seago..unloved into this position last September..and the shed door has not been opened since. Its in the white sail bag. Its still a reasonable size rolled up. Weights 35kg so I can carry it ..but not too far cos Im an old git.
No need for fancy expensive air pumps. I use a £25 quid coleman affair and power it with an old golf trolley battery.
Then just top it off with a couple of pumps with the hand pump. First time its seen light of day this year...still no leaks..no mouse chews...and the Chinese use better glue for the transom than some of those expensive French SIBs ..its still all intact..with no signs of loosening..and I tried to peal a seam open.
So nothing wrong with cheap Chinese SIBs..at least in my experience. Of course it only goes at displacement speed..but Im never in a hurry on our Lochs
Hope the weather forecast is correct..Im keen to go now.
PS Kaman..if you want to try a small SIB..and are passing Stirling..you are welcome to take the redstart away for a week or so .. to decide if you really want a smaller SIB. I cant use all three at once..but Im not selling them..they were my inheritance from my father.