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Old 11 July 2014, 17:19   #1
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Ebay boat pumps

I'm looking for a cheap electric pump for my Quicksilver. I know the Bravo pump is the best and recommended one but I will probably only use it once or twice a year (or not at all) so anything that works would do as long as it's cheap!

I'd quite like a mains and 12v pump or a rechargeable. Has anyone used the fleabay real cheapo here 240V MAINS 12V DUAL ELECTRIC AIR INFLATOR AIRBED INFLATABLE BOAT PUMP DEFLATOR | eBay

Or perhaps more sensible is this- http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001P80GJ...5f97aba2c9cbda

The main thing is will it be man enough and will the adaptors work? My valve needs a bayonet fitting.



I know I'm being a cheapskate here but I can't justify spending 90 on something I will rarely use. Can anyone advise?
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Old 11 July 2014, 17:53   #2
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whilst those will blow up the boat, they wont give the floor, or maybe even the tubes enough pressure, so you will need to top off with a stirrup type hand pump. as for the adaptor then you prob need a honwave one off ebay
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Old 11 July 2014, 18:19   #3
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I doubt it will even have enough power to get air into the tubes, especially if the non return valves are closed. It wont put any air into the floor at all.
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I use one to put the volume of air into the tubes, then I use a high pressure pump to fully inflate. They are no good at all for the air deck.
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I've got a pump just like that but from Decathlon. It's very good to blow up the boat as it is quite fast but it won't give you the proper pressure, or even get close to that. I have to fully inflate the boat with the foot pump or a compressor.

My boat has HR valves and I just put the pump's air out next to the valve with no adapter. BTW, that pump is great to fully deflate the boat.
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Never felt the need to own a Bravo but I don't deflate and inflate the boat every weekend, it stays up all season. A stirrup pump does a fantastic job at a fraction of the price and will get any HP floor to full pressure with a little effort.

Useful topic here:

Bravo BTP12 vs BST12 pump - what's the difference?
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Old 12 July 2014, 08:35   #7
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Thanks for the replies and the link Max. I can't understand how I missed that thread when I was searching.

I do already have a stirrup pump but it was a visit to Poole over the last few days that did it for me. I have the boat inflated in the garage so I had to deflate it. Then inflate it again for a few hours use, deflate it for travel home then inflate again ready for use in the garage. By the time I had done this I was going off manual pumps!

However I have learned that I have Halkey Roberts valves. Why is it boaty things always have funny names? Someone should do a numpties glossary for all the odd names everybody bandies about when they know what they are doing!
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Hi when I got my honwave I could not afford a good electric pump, I inflate and deflate every time in use her, I bought a 12 volt air bed pump from Lidl 5.99 and used my 12 volt car tyre pump I have in my car. It takes a bit of time to get the last few PSI but it got there, about 30 mins from unloading to inflated, and I had to make a car valve to Boat adaptor with bits of tube and jubilee clips.
Got a Bravo now it's worth every penny.
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I had one of these pumps.

I would echo the comments above. It would inflate my 2.8m SIB and it looked/felt fine. However it performed badly in anything other than flat calm conditions, and l discovered the pump was only managing about 1psi.

So l bit the bullet and paid 120 for the Bravo. 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.

I never looked back and soon forgot the expense, as the unit is so good.
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