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  1. #121
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    Thanks folks. Good to know

  2. #122
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    I paddled a Gumotex a lot last year and found no issues with over inflating. Mine was rated at 3psi and I always inflated the sides and base to 3.4-3.6psi to compensate for the pressure drop after being on the water. It beats re-inflating. You're right, it makes a big difference to solo paddling especially. As has been mentioned , you can install PRV's in both side tubes but I didn't see the need. If you want to be lazy you can purchase a 12V pump from Decathlon that will take your boat up to the exact pressure you want before shutting off. Of course, you will need to be close by your car for power or buy a small 12V battery.

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    I'm not in a position to start a new thread but am very interested in getting a couple of Gumotex Boats for my family of 5 to paddle. I've been wondering about the Scout, either the Eco or Standard version. I want to be able to tour (up to 3 nights) on Scottish and French rivers and also on lakes/lochs. Does anyone have experience of the Gumotex Scout in this application or any other recommendations? TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe Daddy View Post
    I'm not in a position to start a new thread but am very interested in getting a couple of Gumotex Boats for my family of 5 to paddle. I've been wondering about the Scout, either the Eco or Standard version. I want to be able to tour (up to 3 nights) on Scottish and French rivers and also on lakes/lochs. Does anyone have experience of the Gumotex Scout in this application or any other recommendations? TIA
    Hi CD. I think we may be in the same boat (what a terrible play with words) - just in the process of selling my Palava as it is OK for day trips with 2 grown ups plus 2 kids. Anything longer than a day trip and space is running out. We were considering a second Palava, but will now go for something slightly bigger and the Scout is on the list of options. Gumotex boats are generally just really good inflatables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe Daddy View Post
    I'm not in a position to start a new thread but am very interested in getting a couple of Gumotex Boats for my family of 5 to paddle. I've been wondering about the Scout, either the Eco or Standard version. I want to be able to tour (up to 3 nights) on Scottish and French rivers and also on lakes/lochs. Does anyone have experience of the Gumotex Scout in this application or any other recommendations? TIA
    Doh, just realised that you pulled the trigger on 2 Scouts, CD. From your posts I note that you are getting on really well with them which is great!!

  6. #126
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    Hi, I purchased a palava a couple of months ago, largely based on recommendations from this site and thought Iíd give some feedback Iím using it with my wife (both mid 50ís) as a tender to my sailing boat, and itís working great. Itís much better than previous inflatable tender and more fun as we can go much further and faster. After mooring up or anchoring we can easily inflate the palava on deck in a few minutes and use it to go ashore. Then the following day we would use it to explore the local river, estuary or coastline where we were staying a day or so. Typically we would travel 4-5km, have lunch somewhere and then paddle back to the moorings. Of course it was easier if we got the tides right! Paddling the palava was a bit tricky to start with but we quickly learnt the technique with the help of a few utube videos. I also rigged up a bracket for the seat to take an electric outboard but we only used it once, preferring to paddle. I was initially concerned it may not be stable enough to make getting on and off from boat safe but we quickly learnt how to do it and got used to the way the palava responds and felt safe even in some small waves. All in all, a good buy. Also we think we will use it when away from the boat on the local canals and rivers.😀✔️

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