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Old 03 June 2016, 04:59   #11
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Agree with all of the above. When I bought a new Honwave with alloy floor the dealer advised me to inflate without the floor in for 24hrs as it would be impossibly tight new out of the bag.

I have always favoured the "oar under floor" tip and on that Honwave it made the difference between not too bad and without oars a challenge that was very amusing for onlookers at the slipway.
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Old 03 June 2016, 05:24   #12
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Agree with all of the above. When I bought a new Honwave with alloy floor the dealer advised me to inflate without the floor in for 24hrs as it would be impossibly tight new out of the bag.

I have always favoured the "oar under floor" tip and on that Honwave it made the difference between not too bad and without oars a challenge that was very amusing for onlookers at the slipway.

+1with this way,also a spray bottle with diluted washing up liquid sprayed on the edges and stringers helped me
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Old 03 June 2016, 09:04   #13
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hit it with some aeorospace 303 and your boards will slide in like butta. Yeah baby just like butta. Works everytime.
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Gents,

This was a night and day difference. THANK you for your suggestions. I inflated it for about 48 hours, used soapy water, and used a rubber hammer to get the bow piece tucked in nicely. 3 of the pieces went in within seconds. The last I struggled with for about 2 minutes. Got out the oar, threw it under there and it snapped right in.

How did people live without the help of the internet? Anyway, thanks again.

Without starting another thread, does anyone have any suggestions on how to move the boat while in it's bag? I may get some low low dolly on wheels. I asked as I only dragged the bag maybe 3 feet and it's already tearing at the bottom.
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Old 06 June 2016, 03:30   #15
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get a light weight sack barrow with 4 wheels then you can either stand up with it and push about could also carry you engine with a slight mod or lay on 4 wheels and pull around.

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Old 06 June 2016, 04:54   #16
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I can lift my lightweight airfloor on my own short distances but it's too awkward to carry far and my most willing assistant is the sack truck below. Folds down to hang on the garage wall or store in the car and trundles the packed SIB about nicely.
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I used to have a ally floor and same problems above. It was also very heavy in the bag so I built a simple launch dolly with 2 wheel barrow wheels and 2 bunks and some galvanized piping from the hardware store. It had a long hitch that I used to pull out of the water with the truck.
After I put the boat in the bag I then put the bag on top of the dolly to move around. Worked great because it was also up higher to get in and out of the truck.
The dolly was so simple and being threaded pipe I could take it all apart so it wasn't too big.
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