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Old 14 September 2007, 09:32   #31
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I had pretty much decided the wheels were completely necessary, but having seen people use them in Salcombe this summer it confirmed my thoughts.

Codders - how long does it take to inflate yr boat with the stirrup pump?
I just use the pump to bring it up to pressure. I use a cheap and nasty 12v inflator to get the big volume of air in first. Having said that I keep the stirrup pump on my 9m RIB and 10 pumps into each chamber was enough to take the tubes from VERY soft back up to pressure so it moves a lot of air. They are double action.
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Old 14 September 2007, 09:49   #32
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I have a high volume, very fast (60 cf/m) electric pump that I use which gets my tubes to about 2 psi, then top up to pressure with a manual pump. I've found the piston style hand pump that inflates on both the upstroke & downstroke to be much more efficient than my foot pumps (Bravo & Zodiac brands) are.

Since the foot pumps can be strapped down flat to minimize space, I always carry a foot pump, hose & patch kit with me in the boat as part of my list of essential gear that goes along for any outing.
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Old 14 September 2007, 11:09   #33
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Mollers is dead right , the limitations of the Sib became really bad when I started cruising with ribs as you try to get along faster on water you would have taken a different route to cross if possible .

The extended rear floor does really help the boat cope well with a bigger motor which it needs if you are loaded ie 3 adults and kit . they now make wheels specially for this model ,

The bravo electric pump with the pressure dial and 2 stage motor is the only one that will get the floor to full pressure .

value for money the Honda is best , boat only is only about 750 and huge discounts are about for boat motor and deals . Mine came from brigmarine in exeter . You can but the lot for about 2500 new and cheaper with a 2 stroke , go for a 30 mariner , if the little lifeguard sibs take them the honda will have no problem at all and it will fly . No worries of it not handling it would spin almost on its transom and never wanted to slide sideways or get scary , the prop will ventilate before anything else .
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Old 14 September 2007, 11:26   #34
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I can't keep stressing enough how important the inflatable swing up launching wheels are. I was lucky my boat already had them fitted - they are ESSENTIAL.
Certainly very handy, and at LESS than 100 quid well worth having:
http://shop.malthouse-marine.com/ind...d=73&parent=21


As for pumps, the Quicksilvers come with a decent double action stirup one as standard. I find the self-contained rechargeable pumps very handy for getting the volume of air in, then just top off to the right pressure with the stirup version.

I would not want to say anything against the Honda, but at 745.00 for the 3.4m Quicky I think they are hard to beat. Completely biased, of course.
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Ian - where did you get that pump you mentioned from?

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Certainly very handy, and at LESS than 100 quid well worth having:
http://shop.malthouse-marine.com/ind...d=73&parent=21


As for pumps, the Quicksilvers come with a decent double action stirup one as standard. I find the self-contained rechargeable pumps very handy for getting the volume of air in, then just top off to the right pressure with the stirup version.

I would not want to say anything against the Honda, but at 745.00 for the 3.4m Quicky I think they are hard to beat. Completely biased, of course.
Thats the best price I have seen for the decent wheels - the rigid plastic ones are crap - these are the only ones to get. it is also vital that they have the slight bent leg look for clearance.
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Bravo BST12 HP pump

Ian is absolutely right about the pump. You can get them from Polymarine, here:
http://www.polymarine.com/products/p...[1744].cfm

Expensive, but so worth it.

It is essential to run it off a beefy enough battery though. If the battery can;t produce enough current, the high volume low pressure turbine doesn't get it up to pressure, and the motor blows. I found out the hard way, cost me 45 for a repair. Now I run it off the car battery with the engine running, and someone holding the revs at 3000rpm.

Don't get an inflatble with an airdeck and then spoil the experience by having to pump it up manually ...

cheers,
Simon

PS: I started with the LVM pump, previously mentioned on RIBnet. That is also very good, but won't do the high pressure floor.
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[QUOTE=ian parkes;218725] The extended rear floor does really help the boat cope well with a bigger motor which it needs if you are loaded ie 3 adults and kit . they now make wheels specially for this model ,

Ian ... who does the wheels especially for the Honda 3.8 air floor?
Do you have a link?

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Wheels for Honda SIB

Andy,

Try this http://www.marinedirect.co.uk/produc...roducts_id=298

They seem more expensive than the ones Malthouse has, but I haven't seen any other ones with the bend to go around the triangulated sections

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Andy,

Try this http://www.marinedirect.co.uk/produc...roducts_id=298

They seem more expensive than the ones Malthouse has, but I haven't seen any other ones with the bend to go around the triangulated sections

Hey - Thanks for the link.. BUT ..has anybody used these?
I dont see how they would swing inboard (up) when there is an OB fitted, epecially a 20hp size one. Presumably they would have to swing into the centre line to swing up and I dont see how they would not foul the OB?

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