Originally Posted by LiquidA$$et
Just out of interest, how long would people say it takes to completely set up a zapcat from being fully deflated and also how long to pack back down completely deflated? I have seen in advertising that it takes 45 mins either way but I think this might be 'over-optimistic'. Would a couple of hours be enough?
Once you setup and taken it down a couple of times, your assembly time will go down a fair bit. Also having a high speed electric pump (rather than foot pump) will make a huge difference. If you can set it up where there is a flat surface and an electrical outlet it will be twice as fast as setting it up at a remote beach.
Just to give some idea of the set up time for my boats, when I'm alone, they are;
A) 3.5m Zodiac - About 12 minutes with electrical pump. About 25 minutes with a manual pump
B) 4.2m Zodiac - About 20 minutes with electrical pump. About 50 minutes with a foot pump.
C) 4.7m Gemini with highjackers - about 40 minutes with the electrical pump. With a foot pump - unknown (and don't want to know!!!).
These times also include mounting the outboard motor. Also I should mention that my electrical pump gets most of the air volume in, but the pressure still needs to be topped up with a manual pump (which is where a good deal of the time consumption occurs even when an electrical pump is also used). With my Gemini I also received a manual double action piston pump which is also a fair bit faster than the foot pump is, but I haven't tried using it on my zodiacs yet (and probably won't now that I have the electrical pump).
The set up time on a 4.2m Thundercat should fall somewhere between that of the 4.2m Zodiac and the 4.7m Gemini (the tubes of the Gemini Dive 470 have 50% greater diameter than those of a zapcat).