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Old 02-17-2010, 09:47 AM
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Default Pumps for Inflatable Watercraft

I am about to pull the trigger on an inflatable personal watercraft (either a Scadden Outlaw Renegade or a WaterMaster) and I need some guidance on pumps. I have no experience with inflatable watercraft yet and I am not sure exactly what I need in the pump area. Should I get one of the K-Pumps? If so, what size? What about one of the electric pumps that you hook up to you car battery? Are they worth it or can you inflate the boat quickly enough with a hand or foot pump? Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:56 AM
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Check with the manufacturer before you buy a pump, they may include one with their item. When I bought my WaterSkeeter the appropriate pump was included.

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The short pumps that come with a lot of inflatables simply play heck on my lower back. I'm convinced it's the pressure on the up swing that wrenched my back every time.
I went to the bellows-type foot pumps for the past few 'toons. No pain and they work. they pack well too.
I found the K-Pump at an Orvis warehouse sale and now that is my go-to. It's the smaller one yet I don't see the need to look further.
I've used the above on an old JWO Renegade, a Bucks Bags South Fork and my current ride, Scadden Skykomish.
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Default Re: Pumps for Inflatable Watercraft

You need two pumps. Buy an LVM electric pump that connects to a car battery. I can fill up two 10 foot pontoons within a couple of minutes. Then get a K-Pump 200 to top it off.

If you just use a manual pump for a larger watercraft, it will take several minutes to inflate your tube that you could have used doing something else... like fishing.

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Hi Everyone,

Mosca couldn't be more right. If you get 9' tubes or bigger, you will be tired of filling your tubes in no time. I have had an LVM electric pump since they came on the American market for pontoon boats. Quick and efficient. You need the hand pump to top off and carry with you. Take a look at my signature picture and that is how I carry my pontoon on the truck. That is, only in the fishing grounds. Traveling long distance and I put it in side.

When I take out at the end of a float I deflate slightly so the pontoons make better contact with the truck and does not jiggle around at 60 mph going down the road.

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Joni and I have a K-Pump. But we also found this, which for the money and time is the best thing you can get for it ->RULE ID20 12V INFLATOR (Mosca mentioned it- LVM pump)
We both have Scadden X5 Outlaws and it'll pump up the boat (both bladders) in less than a minute. Top it off with the K-Pump.
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Default Re: Pumps for Inflatable Watercraft

So, I read this about 4 hours after ordering one of the Outcast LVMs for $139. Wish I had known about this Rule one!

Oh well.

PS: I already have a K-Pump 200. This is for the Scadden Outlaw Renegade I ordered yesterday.
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