Originally Posted by Andy H.
Y'all may be overthinking this a bit. And the notion of using a gas powered blower just seems like serious overkill (not to mention stink and noise) if you've got a 12V battery nearby.
Two thumbs up!
It's been a while since I regularly inflated my boat away from 115V (I use a shop vac) but when I did I used a cheap $15 walmart inflator to get it close then a bravo II foot pump, like Andy, to top off. Why would you want to haul a gas blower on the water...? I mean if you have to reinflate after a repair the time and effort to do that is kind of lost to the bigger job of rigging anyways and topping off will likely require a manual pump to get tight enough, so what's the point? What's the fear with running out of battery, I mean how many times are you going to inflate your boat on a trip? If batteries do run out, will it kill anyone to manually inflate the boat?
If I didn't trailer my boat and need to inflate every time I'd get one of the Makita or dewalt type blowers so I wouldn't be tied to inflating on the ramp or in the parking lot and go from there. If I were on a budget I'd buy the old school cheap ass inflator or better yet, sick my boys on the task with a manual pump. You know, cause it builds character - hell, I might start hauling it deflated so I can sit on the ramp and drink beer why they build character