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Old 07-26-2009   #1
 
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How much air is too much air?

I have a relatively new Tributary/Tomcat tandem duckie. I have had it out about 3 times now. Curious, does anyone have a rule of thumb they use to determine how much to inflate their raft? I've kinda been guessing at it when inflating, but I want this boat to last a long time.
Sorry for the newby question but I could use some advice.
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Maybe this...

Team WS - Wave Sport

This may be bordering on too much. Sorry, couldn't resist.
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I have a relatively new Tributary/Tomcat tandem duckie. I have had it out about 3 times now. Curious, does anyone have a rule of thumb they use to determine how much to inflate their raft? I've kinda been guessing at it when inflating, but I want this boat to last a long time.
Sorry for the newby question but I could use some advice.
Thanks,
Scotty V.
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5. How do I know if my boat is fully inflated?
Be careful not to over inflate your boat! You can ruin your AIREcells, bulkheads and stitching.
You should be able to push in about a or so with your thumb. If you can push in more than that you may want to add some more air to the boat. If you cant push in at all there is too much air in the boat and some air needs to be let out.
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Old 07-26-2009   #4
 
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Thanks Steve............that is exactly what I was looking for.

Bryank.......thats funny.........and I did ask about "air" for a boat........technically your right! Ha. Nice photo
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Since I'm typically pulling my boat inflated on the trailer from the Front Range to the west slope & over passes, and I want to avoid a blowout, I opted to buy one of these:

K-PUMP KWIK CHECK PRESSURE GAUGE
There are plenty of folks that feel confident doing the feel test, but for $4000 worth of rubber, I like to be sure.
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Aire told me 2.5 lbs. I use a gauge like El Flaco.
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Don't forget to check your duckie at lunch stops and at camp. You may have it inflated perfectly, but when it gets pulled up onto shore, it will really heat up fast. Most folks drag their duckies up onto the beach and then forget that they are baking in the sun on hot sand. Some folks like to leave their ducks in the water, and tie them off to a raft or cat in camp to lessen the chance of over heating.
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nice work on the link for the pressure gauge El Flaco, i never seen one of those before.... if Aire recommends 2.5 lbs pressure, is there a different recommended level for hypalon boats, specifically Hyside?
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Yeah, it'll be different for each manufacturer. And sometimes your floor pressure will be different from your tubes, so it's a good idea to do your research for your make & model.

I keep my gauge in a small waterproof bag attached to my captain's chair. Always handy.
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