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Old 15 July 2014, 17:23   #11
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This starts as a rotary pump like the cheap ones, but switches to a compressor pump to inflate the boat to the correct 2.4psi
Oh... so that's why it suddenly starts to sound like a compressor.

I can't afford a Bravo in the near future but I'll be getting a stirrup pump to replace the rubbish stock foot pump. Does anyone know of a stirrup pump for inflatables with pressure gauge?
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Old 15 July 2014, 18:16   #12
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Easy to make/buy a guage and will be more accurate and easy to take with you.
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I used a SCUBA tank when I had a SIB that needed deflating/inflating...
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I can't afford a Bravo in the near future but I'll be getting a stirrup pump to replace the rubbish stock foot pump. Does anyone know of a stirrup pump for inflatables with pressure gauge?

The Quicksilver double action stirrup pump comes with a gauge. It's well made and not too expensive either.
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Old 16 July 2014, 05:47   #15
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The Quicksilver double action stirrup pump comes with a gauge. It's well made and not too expensive either.
Thank you very much. I found it at 22 which seems reasonable to me, given the features.
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Old 16 July 2014, 16:03   #16
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I think the manual pump I have must be the Quicksilver one also then. It is a double action one and has the pressure gauge. It's an excellent bit of kit and works really well. It's just the old duffer (aged 57) operating it that isn't really up to the job. (Once is enough!)

I think I will look out for a second hand Bravo at a sensible price.
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Thank you very much. I found it at 22 which seems reasonable to me, given the features.
Yes - the best on the market. Buy one.
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Old 18 July 2014, 04:02   #18
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I have the 3.8 air floor Honwave and use a Bravo, the boat is up in 9mins, flat to fully inflated so if you only use the boat now and again, is it still worth the cost-------Oh yes. You may well find as it only takes a few mins to inflate with no effort on your part, you may decide to use the boat more.
One other bonus with these pumps is deflating the boat with them will completely remove all the air so it will fold up better taking less space.

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Old 26 July 2014, 07:50   #19
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Well in the end I bought a low pressure Gelert pump for 13.99 on ebay which I can leave to do most of the work as suggested. Just finishing the job off with my excellent Quicksilver manual pump. The new electric pump is pretty low power (Mrs T's hairdryer would do a better job!) but it does all the basic work without fuss. Plus I won't have to confess to Mrs T about any 'adaptions' to her hairdryer.

I think we will use the boat a couple more times this Summer and then go for something less involved. Mrs T fancies a Kayak.

So if anyone happens to be looking for a little-used Quicksilver SIB with a Suzuki 4hp four stroke engine plus some unused boat wheels in a few weeks time..
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Old 26 July 2014, 22:06   #20
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The normal recommendations are usually 3PSI for the tubes, 9.5 PSI for the air floor and 4.5 PSI for the keel. I am going by memory but I'm close. Also if memory serves me, most hand/foot pumps max out at around 3 PSI. I might be wrong. The one thing that I do know is that if not properly inflated, They don't perform as well as they can and wont last as long either.

I leave my dink inflated all of the time at it doesn't lose much air - I Think.
If I had a good High pressure pump, nop doubt, I would take my dink with me when travelling to see my kids and grand kids. Right now, it is too much trouble. I will be ordering the better one in a week or two for almost $200 US Dollars. It comes with a pressure gage and built in rechargeable battery. Completely self contained. I believe it will max out at about 12 PSI which is a little above what I would need for the air floor

I know I will be happy with it.
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