couple of hints here
get an electronic inflator, even the cheap yellow ones for around 6-7 quid work great and put the bulk of the air in the tubes so you just need to top it up with the pump, i use the cheap yellow ones which i have adapted
then for wheels on the transom, i have used 4 different sorts of wheels and the type of wheel makes a huge difference believe me, i have probably the most expensive ones i saw now, the arm curves under the transom at the rear and gives perfect balance, they cost around 120 per pair but worth every single penny when you have to pull up a sandy beach.
i will post some pics if you like, they are the best wheels i have had and used if it helps you..
Originally Posted by ian parkes
The main reason or buying a SIB was easy launching and transporting and no need for a trailer .
However for regular use in the summer pumping it up at the slip each day and then deflating again is a bit of a chore .
I use my Transit but lifting it onto the roof is hard enough for 2 men and impossible for my wife or me alone .
Launching so far has been ok using my canoe trolley but recovery especially at low water is not so easy as i have to wade in and lift off the motor so that we can lift the boat out .
I feel I may end up with a small purpose made road trailer but then parking can become a problem especially in Cornwall in the summer .
Any advice or ideas on how other sib owners have overcome these problems would be welcome , ie easy system of roof topping the boat onto a van or better still a decent launching trolley that would fold up and store in the van or be supportive enough to ride on top of my box trailer should I wish to use it that way .
My boat is a 3.8 honda so its big enough to lift especially if iam alone .