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Old 27 May 2011, 02:39   #11
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When the guy who sold me my current Zodiac delivered and demo'd it he had a brilliant idea for rapid initial inflation. He had an old vacuum cleaner from the 60s... the cylinder type with a hose socket on either end if anyone remembers them. Just plugged the hose onto the blow end and the tubes were full very quickly.
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Old 27 May 2011, 03:24   #12
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I have the best way, it's called a automatic inflatable boat pump...novel idea 

Try it you won't need anything else
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Old 27 May 2011, 04:29   #13
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>>>I have the best way, it's called a automatic inflatable boat pump


When I buy my new inflatable soon I was thinking of this type.... are you talking of the yellow one with rechargeable battery and digital gauge for arounf 80-100??
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Old 27 May 2011, 05:00   #14
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Sure beats a Hoover lol

Seriously though, I have the bravo SST does upto 12.bar of pressure comes with all kinds of fittings, can get them with internal battery (wouldn't advise) or with lines to hook up to a car battery. Inflates in mins and mine has auto shut off at pre selected pressures. deflates as quickly too. That's how you get it back into that bloody storage bag

Its funny, when I launch a boat (almost every day) you always see the "old" chap pumping up his dinghy by foot. Takes the chap 20 mins. Kind of want to offer the use of the pump but don't want to offend him...so we let him get on with it 

You wanna see him deflate it too
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Old 27 May 2011, 09:27   #15
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The point i was trying to make is that with a bit of lateral thinking you could fashion a pump from things you find laying around. I'm sure there are lots of sib owners like myself who are on a tight budget can't afford to spend lots of money on expensive pumps. Leaf vacs can be sourced for very little money from local papers or even your local tip!
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Old 27 May 2011, 10:19   #16
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The point i was trying to make is that with a bit of lateral thinking you could fashion a pump from things you find laying around. I'm sure there are lots of sib owners like myself who are on a tight budget can't afford to spend lots of money on expensive pumps. Leaf vacs can be sourced for very little money from local papers or even your local tip!
I was actually being a bit flippant but it got took seriously so I gave a serious reply.

I think it's great to have such diverse thinking and actually some of the ideas are very clever.

My tip would be if possible try to find a adapter capable of fitting onto the air machines at the local garage. 20p fills the boat in seconds then  then again it's a quid a shot in most places now

Whatever works I guess.
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Old 27 May 2011, 12:33   #17
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>>>you always see the "old" chap pumping up his dinghy by foot...

Ha ha... that's me...well not actually me but the same determined attitude to have it inflated in 10mins while looking all calm but with burning leg muscles :-)

No shame in manual inflation but I'll try hard to get an auto elec pump in the deal with my new boat... I've served my apprenticeship so now an easier retirement is due.
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Old 27 May 2011, 13:44   #18
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Should you ever get really caught out with no pump/power, see how quick you can inflate from your car exhuast pipe with a home made adaptor (tape),, very very quickly .
Don't let chewy see that! Carbon Monoxide can kill!
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Always good to get new ideas. I use a SCUBA tank and an old reg to fill my SIB and top off with a foot pump (to get the right pressure)

I have a petrol leafblower (a totally useless gift) in the shed. It might, with a Nasher inspired attachment, be persuaded to do the same job even more quickly. I'd be fitting a filter mesh in the airflow somewhere - there's stuff you wouldn't want in your tubes. The obvious attraction being that I have one, it's light and compact and it would be a talking point at the beach.

I could probably dry the boat off with it too
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Personaly i think the Bravo 12 volt pumps are well over the top price wise,i pickede up two for a fiver a peice at the boat jumble,one blow up,lol,but for a fiver not to much loss,lol,the other fine,what is cheaper is a 240 Argos pump.run it on a genni and whallop,pumped up in no time.
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