Tom @ pumpupboats.com

Hi there, my name is Tom Fontana, welcome to my site.

PumpupBoats.com is a site I created to help people navigate the world of inflatable boats. You’ll find loads of useful how-to articles, reviews on various products, and lengthy guides on everything that involves inflatable watercraft.

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What are my credentials for creating such a site?

Well, I’m NOT a boat salesman, that’s for sure :-) Ever since I was 3 years old, water has been a part of my life. I was diagnosed with scoliosis and was forced to swim every day while my body was in growth.

During this time, I fell in love with “water”, which has lasted till this day. I have tried and experienced everything that involves the water:

  • scuba diving
  • surfing
  • kite surfing
  • white water rafting
  • wake boarding
  • water skiing
  • boating

Boating is one of the most enjoyable water activities I have experienced. It gives you the freedom to reach exhilarating speeds, go to places only a few get to visit, snorkel in remote locations, and have fun with my family and friends.

Traditional boating is an expensive hobby that only the privileged get to enjoy.

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Modern inflatable boats offer everybody the chance to get out onto the water. They are accessible, inexpensive compared to traditional boats, compact and easy to move from A to B.

Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of experience with inflatable boats. This is the knowledge that I will share with you on PumpedBoats.com.

Tom Sup

Please do leave a comment on the articles or get in touch with me if you like, or read my articles below.

How To Choose Inflatable Kayak Paddles

How to Choose Inflatable Kayak Paddles for Perfect Paddling

The paddle used for inflatable kayaks is not necessarily identical to the ones that go with traditional hard-shell kayaks. Mostly, inflatable kayaks are wider than standard kayaks. This increased width needs to be accounted for when shopping for a paddle, along with your height and the kind of paddling you would be typically resorting to. Let’s discuss how to choose …

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Sea Eagle 126sr Review

Sea Eagle 12’6″ Sport Runabout Review – Pros and Cons

The Sea Eagle 12.6 Sports Runabout is a medium-sized, premium inflatable dinghy. Sea Eagle products have always been known for their rugged, confidence-inspiring builds. Whether you use the boat extensively or pull it out once a week or month, the 12.6SR should keep chugging regardless. I had the opportunity to test the air floor version of the boat for the …

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Boston Valve Featured

What is a Boston valve? Usage tips and tricks!

If you’re shopping for an inflatable boat, you will have probably come across the term Boston valve. It sounds impressive as it is part of the advertising material, but wait a minute. What on Earth is a Boston valve? A Boston valve is one-way check valve with 2 ports, which allows for easy inflation and quick deflation of inflatable items. …

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Best transparent bottom inflatable boats

Clear bottom inflatable boats were first used near the coast of Santa Catalina Island in South California; but, they only started becoming popular after several natural springs became tourist attractions in Florida. This kind of boat is characterized by a clear section of glass (or other transparent material) below the waterline, allowing passengers in the boat to view the underwater …

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Tandem Kayak Seating Position

Where to sit in a tandem kayak? It matters a lot!

If you just bought or are thinking about buying a tandem kayak, you will probably be wondering about seating arrangements. Who sits where? And what if you’re paddling solo? Here is everything you need to know about the proper sitting positions in a tandem kayak. The same seating principles apply to both inflatable kayaks, and hard shell ones as well.

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