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Pumps and Pressure Gauges

Pumps and pressure gauges for your inflatable boat come in a range of pressure options. These are available for delivery throughout New Zealand.

View our Trade Me listings for great value foot pumps for sale online.

Inflatable Boat Repairs

We are your local specialist for inflatable boat repairs, serving Whangarei and wider Northland. Here’s some of the problems you might encounter and what we can do to fix them:

Punctures

Often caused by fish spines – snapper are the worst offenders! Minor punctures might seem easy to repair, but we recommend you bring your boat in to us for even the smallest patch. We use industrial grade, two part adhesives and only the best quality PVC or hypalon fabric for our repairs. We also control the heat and humidity to ensure good adhesion.

Split Seams

A seam can give way when a boat is over-inflated. As the day heats up, air inside the pontoons will expand. Always start the day with a fairly soft boat and you’ll avoid this problem. If this advice comes just too late to help you – bring your boat in and we’ll put it right.

Loose Fittings

Some glue used in the manufacture of dinghies in the past has not stood the test of time. One of our most common repair jobs is to reattach handles and other fittings that have worked off the pontoons. It’s usually an easy job and many customers use the opportunity to have them refastened in more convenient positions and to add new fittings at the same time.

UV Degradation

We know our Kiwi sun damages our skin and over time it also depletes the fabric used to make inflatable boats. We can resolve this with a spray on product that fixes the porosity in fabric damaged by UV rays.

Loose Transom

Carrying a heavy outboard, and general wear and tear can loosen the transom board away from the pontoons. This can be a complex repair, but it’s worthwhile on any boat with more than a couple of years’ life left in it.

Leaking Floor

Leaks in air floors are easily fixed, but sometimes it’s wet feet that are the problem and we can resolve that too.

The Great Mystery

Occasionally we can spend days searching for a leak. But we’re nothing if not persistent and because of that we guarantee your boat won’t leak when you take it home – or we’ll fix it again for free. We like to keep the boat for 24 hours after we have repaired it just to be sure there are no further leaks.

What Fabric is Your Inflatable Dinghy Made of?

A guide to figuring out what fabric your inflatable boat is made of.

Hypalon

Hypalon fabric is dull dark grey or black on the back. Look inside a valve if there is no other areas with rear side visible.

The edges of hypalon fabric tends to fray over time.

Try sanding a small inconspicuous area of fabric – Hypalon will fade and produce a dusty residue.

PVC

PVC fabric is always the same colour on both sides.

PVC will never fray.

Try sanding a small inconspicuous area of fabric – PVC will scratch but remain shiny.

Foot Pump on Full Time

A commercial operator called us one day. “Tim, the workboat’s got a problem.” Tim’s first question was how long does it take for the boat to deflate. “Well, put it like this … I have to use it with my foot permanently on the pump. It’s hard work! What can you do?” Tim brought the boat up over the sea wall the very next morning and by the end of the day the weary boat driver could put the foot pump away and get on with the job.

Maxxon: Built Tough

A customer was towing his brand new Maxxon 3.1m fibreglass RIB along SH1 when it became detached from the trailer, flipped upside down and was dragged along the tarmac for 100m while the driver slowed to a stop. Despite serious scuffing, the pontoons survived with minimal damage and, after a couple of hours in our workshop, the happy boatie was back on the water in a RIB looking (almost) good as new.

Near Miss at the Graveyard

In his newly retubed 5m RIB, Roger was out fishing at the Graveyard in Kaipara Harbour when he caught a good sized shark. As he turned to pick up a knife and cut the shark off the line, his mate decided to wrestle it by the tail. What did the shark do? Turned around and bit the boat! Lucky the RIB is built with 5 separate chambers, so Roger and his crew made it back to shore safely, but a little ‘deflated’.

Outboards for Sale

We’re pleased to be agents for Parsun Outboards. A range of economical, reliable, US-engineered, performance 2- and 4-stroke motors.

Find out more about Parsun Outboard Motors

Parsun 3.6hp, 2 stroke outboard only NZ$995

More Parsun outboard models in stock.

Retubing Service for PVC and Hypalon Inflatable Boats

New Inflatable Boats For Sale

We stock Southern Pacific, Seafarer, Aquapro and Maxxon inflatable boats and can supply most other brands on request. Our small showroom is  usually stocked with one or two examples for you to browse.

We aim to be sure you are confident with your new boat before you leave our shop. We’ll take time with you to help you become familiar with your dinghy’s features, including tips on safe inflation practice., how to stow for minimum wear and tear, safe use on the water, simple maintenance and repair techniques. We pride ourselves on our service standards and want you to get maximum pleasure and a long life out of your new purchase.

Our extensive knowledge of the marine environment and maritime safety means we will ensure you have the information you need to stay safe on the water in your new craft. we see this as our duty of care and it is important to us.

We stock Southern Pacific and Maxxon boats

Lightweight Puffin RIB inflatable boat for sale

Cold Samaritan

A well-known identity from south of the city was helping out a fellow boatie whose anchor had become wedged under a rock. After a heave and a tug, the anchor broke free, flew out of the water and tore a good-sized hole in the bow of the good Samaritan’s dinghy.  In shock, he reeled away from the flying anchor and in doing so capsized the dinghy! Result: one wet and cold Samaritan and one dinghy in our workshop for major surgery.