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Old 23 May 2004, 17:11   #1
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So then... which dinghy pump is best

Some of us have to live with a swinging mooring and need a dinghy to get out to it. Is that better than trailer launching.... probably just!

I've got a slightly larger than ideal dinghy (2.7m) which takes an age to inflate using a dual action hand pump and by the time its inflated my back's too sore to carry it to the water.

Does anyone have an opinion on which is the best pump. Foot or hand? As far as I can tell, the hose pipe on mine is too small compared to many and although it cost £30 it certainly wasn't worth it. But before I buy another, I need some advice.
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Old 23 May 2004, 17:31   #2
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Electric,LVM do a 12v pump which runs off your car battery,much quicker and easier,although if you have a inflatable floor,you may have to finish off by hand-other then that,foot pumps IMHO are far easier but not neccesarily as quick
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Old 23 May 2004, 17:40   #3
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I'd go for the LVM electric pump too. It's not cheap, but it is fast. I used to have one for a 4m inflatable and it was fantastic.

Other than that, I reckon that a double action hand pump is probably quicker than a foot pump, but I don't have any specific recommendations.

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Old 23 May 2004, 17:47   #4
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I've heard of the LVM pumps and will look into them, though I would prefer a good manual pump as I'm not always going to have a power supply to hand. My dual action hand pump supposedly pumps 300 litres per minute but you'd have to be going some to keep that up for all three compartments and the floor

I've seen a large foot pump with a small plastic lever which has three settings, presumably to adjust volume versus pressure. Just need to know whether it's going to be any better than what I've got already.

The more I think about this, the more I think I need to get a smaller dinghy.
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Hi I have a cheep double action hand pump which is useless!
I have A Yam 2.6 inflatable tender which using the foot pump which cam with it is great it can blow the dingy & floor up in about 10 Min's from bag to water!
I also bought a Quick pump 12v to really blow up the donut which was cheap about £16 which is very effective & takes allot of effort out of the job!
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I purchased a rechargeable pump from Argos for £34.99 (can't remember name and can't be bothered to walk to the garage).

It not only pumps up dingys and inflatable toys ( ) but will also do car and trailer wheels.

Also it can run electrical items via a cigar plug socket.
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Have a look at the 5th item on here: http://www.bosunsmate.co.uk/bargains.htm
I've no idea if the description is true, but Andy Clark's a reliable chap.
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Thanks guys. I'm pretty new to this site... as my first rib is only a matter of weeks away now, but your comments have been useful.

That fifth item on bosunmate looks pretty much like the pump I saw recently with some sort of adjuster on it for pressure. I might give it a try. First I thinkk I'll work out how many 500cc pumps with my foot it will take to inflate my dinghy before I get too excited though. The dual action pump I have at the moment is ok for volume, but it's too low down so makes for a sore back very quickly and I'm sure it could be improved by having larger diameter pipes.
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Ummm!
Erin do you really have a 90hp Suzuki on your 2.7m inflatable??? I'd love a go some time just to say I did it.
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Ummm!
Disregard the last post!! I was reading your first post and comparing it to the engine size in your profile. Move on folks, nothing to see here...
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