The first time using our SUPs was very simple thanks to the YouTube tutorial made by the brand and the user guide written on the carry bags: inflated and ready to use in under 10 minutes.
- Manual inflation: the best thing is to stand at the bow of the boat on the flattest surface you can find. The last 5 psi are a bit tricky—inflating becomes quite tiring! But certainly not impossible, you just have to switch the pump from double action to single action to reduce the amount of effort required...
- Inflation with an electric pump: with the pump using up to 15A in 12V, we chose to finish the last 5 psi by hand so as not to blow our 10A fuse (we are going to fine-tune the maximum pressure using an ammeter). The electric pump is really a plus because the floor space of a sailboat does not let you position yourself well for manual inflation, and it also gives you a chance to get the rest of your equipment ready while the SUP inflates itself.
Once inflated, launching the SUP couldn't be simpler: just throw it overboard. At anchor, the SUP is tied to the back of the boat by its leash (cleat, stern rail, stanchion, etc.). The SUP is very lightweight and is easily recovered and brought back on board quickly.
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