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Old 08 February 2009, 16:44   #1
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New SIB owner

Hello again folks, thanks to the users on this site and the info on it I have now made an informed choice and have purchased the new 2009 zodiac zoom sport 3.50s

The SIB will be mainly used for fishing on the large inland lochs and sea lochs in Scotland, I choose the zoom over the QS as it had more width and sold floor.

The boat is stored in a large closet, when not being used does anyone know if it is better to get it inflated every few weeks if not in use to save "crease" wear on the fabric or is the fabric up to being folded down. Any advice on looking after and maintaining would helpful to a nube.

I have a pressure gauge that came with a sevylor kayak that I have it goes to 3.5 psi and that is the recommended pressure for this SIB, however the adaptor that screws into it is for "standard" boston valves, any advice on where to get the correct adaptor for a zodiac would also be helpful.

What is the best way to know that I have reached the correct pressure if I cannot use a gauge also how would I be able to know if the inflatable keel was correctly pressured as it is below the ply floor.

P.S malthouse offered me a great price on QS 340s inflatable floor, I had to rule it out the QS as it is only 152 wide the zoom had more floorspace and width and I needed a solid floor for fishing activities.

Great site hopefully some day I will be able to be assist the nubes myself.

Cheers Brian.
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Old 08 February 2009, 16:53   #2
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I use a pump with a gauge on it like one of these - http://www.rib-shop.com/prodtype.asp...=yes&PT_ID=127
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Old 08 February 2009, 17:52   #3
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I use a pump with a gauge on it like one of these - http://www.rib-shop.com/prodtype.asp...=yes&PT_ID=127
Thanks fred, good site no shortage of adaptor options there thanks.

I wish I could afford one of them Bravo inflator pumps but alas don't think I could justify the outlay. Would anyone know if this was good enough to get my SIB inflated most of the way with a final top up on the foot/hand pump.



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Old 08 February 2009, 20:53   #4
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I don't know how good a rechargable will be - i use a cheap and nasty 12v pump to get the volume of air in and then use a stirrup type pump to finish off. They can be bought for about 10 from most camping places. They shift quite a bit of air as they are dual action - also use it on my big RIB.
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Old 13 February 2009, 04:47   #5
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Hello Brian

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.

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Old 13 February 2009, 04:49   #6
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Sorry Brian I meant to put up a couple of pictures of the trailer...

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Old 13 February 2009, 09:24   #7
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You don't really need a proper boat trailer. Anything it will fit in will do - also turn it upside down and stick it on the car roof - without the engine of course!!!

Transom wheels are a godsend - they really are.
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Old 13 February 2009, 13:00   #8
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Sorry Brian I meant to put up a couple of pictures of the trailer...

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Hi Keith

Do the front keel and bow supports cause any undue wear to your tubes? I am considering making a bolt on attachment to my Laser1 dinghy trailer with a similar layout
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Old 13 February 2009, 13:02   #9
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You don't really need a proper boat trailer. Anything it will fit in will do - also turn it upside down and stick it on the car roof - without the engine of course!!!

Transom wheels are a godsend - they really are.
But they are light and easily stored
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Old 13 February 2009, 13:32   #10
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Hello Fred

No. Take a better look at the trailer here.

I must say that my trailer has been great, easy to move the SIB around with and so convenient.

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