Originally Posted by Keith Hart
When I first got my SIB, about 8 years ago (crikey how time flies), I stored it deflated. I used to transport it in the car (Mondeo Estate) and then I'd have to inflate it, use it, deflate it and take it home. Then I started to store it inflated so that it didn't keep getting folded and creased. This meant that I'd have to deflate it, pack it into the car, inflate it to use it, deflate it to get it home then inflate it again. Despite having an electric pump (but I always used the manual styrrup pump for the last few 'blows') it was a real pain in the butt.
So I purchased a De Graaff SIB trailer and now I keep it inflated on the trailer. This means MUCH less fraffing about so it is easier to use the SIB and I get to spend more time on the water.
I would recommend keeping it inflated rather than folded, especially if it is in a cold environment. I felt that as the fabric was very cold and stiff (I use it in winter) it could cause problems if it was constantly being folded.
As for the pressure, when it's solid then it's ready! I was told that the stirrup pump adaptor will 'pop off' at the correct pressure. I always go a couple of pumps over that. As you say the QS has an 'airdeck' and that needs to be at a much higher pressure. Once again when it goes rigid then it's done.
The SIB now lives outside all year, (upturned on the trailer to keep the water out) and just gets pumped up a bit when I'm about to use it.
I live north of Inverness so if you fancy a SIB expedition Brian, give me a call.
Best of luck.
Keith (whatever happened to Crazyhorse) Hart
Hi Keith thanks for the info, I've read some of your posts about your Sibbing exploits. I am now keeping the SIB in my brothers garage I had to fit a new roof to it as it was leaky and he's hopeless at DIY.
It will now be stored inflated, I cannot commit to a trailer and getting towball fitted yet as my brother could be selling his house sometime towards the end of the year. I still plan to pack it and carry it on roof bars, there will always be two of us using it and we've practiced setting up and taking down we can do it in 20 mins using the cordless inflater to get it most of the way.
I hope to give things a go on Loch Lomond this weekend, my main targets for fishing outings are Loch Lomond, Loch awe, Clyde estuary area, Gareloch, Loch Fyne, Loch long and Etive.
Who knows Keith maybe we could meet up on Etive when the nicer weather come in but I must warn you I'm hard core fishin but I don't suppose an extreme Sibbing jolly would'nt do me much harm.
P.S all the fittings on the zodiac are supposed to be stainless steel but how will the Sib hold up to being kept in a garage. I plan to cover it with a tarp is there anything else I need to do to stop mould etc.