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Old 07-07-2015   #1
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which pump

I just bought a badcat cataraft, it did come with a foot pump, but its broken. I use to have one of the 35 dollar DA hand pumps when I had float tubes. What are some good options to look at and not wanting to break the bank.
My badcat is 10' and the tubes I believe are 21" diameter.
Thanks for any advice.

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Old 07-07-2015   #2
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I see you are in Boise, head over to Cascade and take a look at some. Wonder pump will get you by, K Pump would be nicer, large barrel pump is probably overkill but would be fast. Electric options too. Depends what you want to spend.

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Thank you Osprey. I will do that tomorrow.
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Old 07-08-2015   #4
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I have an electric pump that I got from nrs years ago, and a k-200 pump I've had even longer. I typically take both and blow up my raft, Duck, or mini cat super quick. I have blown up all with just the k-pump. Takes a while but very solid. It's easy to strap down and store while on the water. It's been submerged, banged up.. It's just solid. If I could go back I may buy one size bigger, but very happy with it.

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Old 07-08-2015   #5
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I have keep a fast electric pump for the truck, then I keep a K-pump on the boat during the float. I can't stand foot pumps myself but that is just me.
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Old 07-08-2015   #6
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I watched a few video's by aire and they use that 4 inch barrel pump. That thing is slick, but am not sure I need to spend that kinda money. Been looking at those K pumps.
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4" barrel pump is a better choice for inflating from empty than the K pump, IMO.
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Old 07-08-2015   #8
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Take a tube down there when you go to test them out.
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I have a K200 $90, a airhead electric pump $40, and a 5" nrs barrel pump $209... I take the big barrell pump if i'm taking my big boat and there are people that might need a raft blown up. It's a bit overkill for your boat.. For my tandem IK and what you are talking about I take the electric pump and the K200.. blow it up with the electric and then firm it up with the k pump and pack the k pump..
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Old 07-08-2015   #10
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You are actually dealing with two different factors. 1) volume, and 2) pressure. Filling the empty volume of a tube takes most of the effort, because you are filling empty space. Once you've gotten most of the volume filled, raising pressure is fairly easy. I don't trailer, so have put fair study into the subject, and talked to NRS, who educated me on this.

I deal with the volume problem with an old LVM 12v pump, that fills the tube, but leaves me at around 1#, which makes for a soggy row. I use a couple of different hand pumps to top-off and bring up my pressure. At 1#, my little K-100 will get me to 3# fairly quickly. I spent 6 months this winter waiting for an NRS 12v Bravo pump, which in theory will get to +13#s, only to discover that a high pressure pump produces amazingly low volume. Great for low volume/high pressure tubes like SUPs, tediously slow for high volume/low pressure tubes like a 14' SB. So, the best pump choice is highly variable, depends on what you want to,fill.

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