Most inflatable boats, SUPs, and kayaks include a pump in their packaging upon purchase.
But, let’s face it. Yes, they can get the job done, but most of these pumps are not as powerful or effective in inflating your inflatables.
So if you’re thinking of upgrading your pump to one with higher performance, look no further. I have researched 7 of the best electric and manual pumps available in today’s market, along with some great tips about inflating your boats, dinghies, SUPs, and kayaks.
Types of Pumps
As you may already know, there are two types of pumps you can use for pumping air into your inflatables.
- Electric Pumps
- Manual Pumps
Both of these pumps have their own advantages and disadvantages. But to give you an idea about their features and uses, let us discuss each type further. Read more
Most boat owners would agree that launching boats into the water down the beach or down the boat ramp is not an easy task. Just imagine how grueling it is to haul the entire boat along with your extra gear (motor, cooler batteries, etc.) on your own.
There is a great solution though: installing launch wheels on your SIB!
Installing launch wheels on your inflatable boat is really just an application that makes use of a simple mechanism which utilizes mechanical advantage to multiply force. (Yes, that’s basically straight from your Physics textbook back in high school.)
Simply put, these launch wheels can make everything simpler and much easier. Read more
Have you been wanting to have fun with the whole family without having to go too far? That’s basically why we have swimming pools in our backyards. Whether you want to throw a party or you just want to spend some quality time with your loved ones, swimming pools are ‘the place to be’ 🙂
Most birthday parties, reunions and simple get-togethers with friends and family are often held in a swimming pool. It is one of the best places to relax, socialize, and cool you down during the hot summer season.
To make your pool time even more fun, it’s a good idea to get some inflatable rafts, floaties.
There is a wide variety of inflatable rafts and floats to choose from that are great for pools. In this article, we will be looking at them.
Take your swimming pool experience to the next level with these fun, colorful and rideable inflatable boats, not just for kids 😉 Read more
In today’s inflatable boat market, there are numerous models and types of SIBs. New ones are introduced regularly as well. They may have the same construction material or composition, but manufacturers continue to claim features and upgrades that make their boats appealing.
In this sea of marketing ploys, it is hard to make a choice.
This is the reason why I have prepared an article on the best inflatable boats for every need. Pouring all my knowledge and experience into this article, you get a chance to read reviews of the best and most popular inflatable boats and, of course, things you have to consider before buying one, as there is no 1 size fits all. Read more
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 environment from inside the boat.
These boats are only often used for tours because glass flooring is not really suitable for other activities. They are best used in calm waters like lakes and springs, but they are also often used in seaside touring.
Nowadays, only a few manufacturers are offering transparent bottom inflatable boats. They can rarely be found in the market.
But if you’re interested, here are some of the best transparent bottom inflatable boats available on the market right now. Read more
Brand new inflatable boats can cost hundreds of dollars. Better quality boats cost upwards of $1000.
That’s why it is no surprise that more and more people are opting to go for used or second-hand inflatable boats.
So if you’re planning on purchasing one but do not have a clue where to start…
Here are 10 helpful tips on how to buy a used inflatable boat. Read more
Getting an electric trolling motor for your inflatable raft or dinghy is a great upgrade. It makes boating fun for the family, and fishing trips much easier.
Choosing an engine to power your inflatable boat can be very difficult though. A lot of motors have features that are appealing, but there is no way of knowing which claims are true unless purchased and tested. In these cases, regret and buyers remorse will emerge.
We’ve put together a thorough guide on everything you need to know about electric trolling motors to help you in deciding which one is the perfect engine for your SIB. Read more
Whether you want to create shade when boating on a hot summer day or you just want to make sure your boat is well protected from the blazing heat of the sun, a bimini top (aka canopy) works wonders.
With all the comfort and convenience it offers, a bimini can, without a doubt, give you a better boating experience.
In this guide to inflatable boat biminis, you’ll learn everything you need to be able to choose, install and use a bimini on your SIB.
What is a Bimini Top?
A Bimini top is simply an open-front canvas top for a boat which is usually supported by a metal frame.
Most bimini tops can be easily folded back when not in use and be raised again when needed.
What is a Canopy?
Do you know what is the difference between a bimini top and a canopy?
Nothing 🙂 They are synonyms when it comes to boating, and are used interchangeably. The official name is bimini top though, but many people say canopy.
Punctures and leaks on inflatable boats are rare, but risky and unpredictable. It is wise to inspect your boat on a regular basis, otherwise you may find yourself on a sinking ship.
To check if your dinghy has a leak, you can simply leave it inflated for a period of time. A dinghy in good condition will remain tightly inflated. But if it is losing air pressure and has become soft over time, it might either be caused by cold temperature or by a puncture or tear that is slowly leaking air.
If you suspect that your dinghy has a leak, below is a complete guide on how to find leaks and how to correctly use boat sealants in repairing your SIB.
Inflatable boats are durable, but like any other equipment, proper maintenance is a must to keep your dinghy in good condition.
However, accidents do happen.
Punctures and leaks are rare, but can be problematic. A slow air leak can be especially annoying, especially when you can’t find the source of the problem.
If your boat is losing air pressure – which is not caused by cold temperature – then, read this guide on how to fix punctures and slow air leaks in your inflatable boat.
A pro tip: Before you go out on the water, check your dinghy for punctures, leaks, or any other problems. Small problems can generally be fixed easily, but larger issues might need professional handling. Either way, it will be easier to locate the problem area in your home rather than on the water.
Now, that leads us to the first step: