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9 great electric & manual pumps for your inflatable boat & kayak

Most inflatable boats & 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 9 of the best electric and manual pumps available on today’s market, along with some great tips about inflating your boats, dinghies, and kayaks. Types of Inflatable Boat Pumps As you may already know, there are two types of pumps you can …

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5 step DIY floor for inflatable boats

If you’ve got the skills and a few tools, you can convert your inexpensive inflatable raft to a full-fledged hard floored inflatable by building a hard floor. This popular mod requires some handy-man skills, but it is definitely worthwhile if you are looking for more stability on your raft. But why would you want to DIY a hard floor? It’s much cheaper than buying a hard floor dinghy. It adds stability. You’ll be able to use your raft in new ways, like fishing, long river boat trips, or just to have a cooler in your boat while you’re out on …

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Fish Finders and Inflatable Boats – Everything You Need to Know

Fish finders have helped several of my angler friends excel at their hobby. If you are new to fishing, are facing issues locating fish or you are not able to steer clear of no-fish spots, a fish finder will come in extremely handy. The device may not necessarily make you an expert angler overnight, but you would certainly be on the path to becoming one. Fish finders come in different shapes and sizes, and pack various tech. If you are looking to buy one for yourself, you should get to know the tool in detail and how to use it. …

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Hydrofoil on a motorized SIB: yes or no?

Many inflatable boat owners like to upgrade their SIBs either aesthetically or mechanically. As a first upgrade, I always recommend the installation of a hydrofoil on your outboard motor. It has numerous advantages, makes your motorized boat faster & safer, and best of all, it is cheap. What is a hydrofoil? A hydrofoil is a lifting surface in the form of a foil, which is operated in water. It bears similar appearance and purpose as airfoils, which are actually the wings of an airplane. Boats and watercraft that have hydrofoils installed are termed as hydrofoils. The term Hydrofoil actually refers …

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Top life vests for your SIB adventures

Best life vests for inflatable boats and kayaks

A life vest, also known as life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD), is considered fundamental safety gear for boating and kayaking. If you’re out fishing, recreational boating, and doing various water sports, you and the kids in your SIB should always wear a life jacket. Life jackets are designed to keep one’s head above the water to prevent drowning. They are a must-have onboard your inflatable, but remember that it’s not enough to just stow them nearby. Most drowning accidents occur even when life vests are available nearby, but victims chose not to wear them because they know how …

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DIY swim ladder for an inflatable boat

Let’s face it. Getting into an inflatable boat in deep water is hard. If you’ve had trouble getting back to your boat after you went for a swim or after accidentally falling into the water, you should consider making/getting a boarding ladder, aka swim ladder If you have a boarding ladder, you can hop into the water with confidence that you’ll be able to return to your boat safely.

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Why you need launch wheels for your inflatable dinghy

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! Transom mounted launch wheels can make everything simpler and much easier. They are basically a must for 1 man boat launching.

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How to install an inflatable boat bimini top/canopy [3 methods]

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 a canvas top for a boat, …

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