Originally Posted by KingstonTAS
Can I ask you how long did it take you to get your 360 FR ready for the water from the time you parked your car? By that I mean unpack the boat, inflate it, mount the motor, connect the tank, mount the wheels, etc. I've heard widely varying claims. Honestly, how long does it take once you've done it, say 5 times? Also, why did you sell the boat, and what have you replaced it with?
Im going to chip in with my experience.
I got my 360 FR about a month ago. I've inflated it about 4 times in the garage for practice.
First time I was struggling with a few things (the manual is not very clear in some places), the front intl bucket was very stiff and working out what fitting to use where and with 2 of us we got it nearly (not enough to ride in but enough to see its shape) inflated in a little over an hour.
Get yourself an electric pump...and make sure it has a high pressure mode for the floor.
Next time, with electric pump, fully inflated in about 10 minutes. Now its somewhere between 5 and 8 minutes I guess. But I have to add the struggle time with the intl bucket at the front so I guess, add a couple of minutes for that. I have been told that it should not be that hard.
I've only once got it out the bag, which was easy as the bag folds off the boat in 30 seconds. So don't think thats going to be an issue.
I don't have my engine just yet, but its not going to be more than 5 minutes to fix that up after the first time.
I've looking at wheels that stay attached to the boat. So no time to fit and 10 seconds to put into their down and then up position.
I recon, without manhandling the boat into position, it will be unpacked and ready to go in under 15 minutes.
Putting it away, one failed attempt so far. I left too much air in the tubes and aborted it and its been too cold to retry since then. With electric pump, I guess its going to take 5-10 minutes to deflate and repack in the bag.