We are continuing to answer your boating questions in our new Q&A feature: Boating Life, Your Questions Answered. A Sea Tow member from Cherokee County, Ga. who boats on Lake Allatoona sent us this question regarding tips for getting your tube to the lake.
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Q: There’s nothing worse than driving to the lake and then taking an extra 15 minutes to inflate our tube with portable air compressor. Is there any safe and easy way to fill the tube at home and get it to the lake?
Tom – Cherokee County, Ga.
A: The waiting game at the dock is not a fun one. It’s much easier to hop in your boat and go once your boat is off the trailer. Typically, a tube will not fit in your vehicle, so you’re left with trying to figure out how to tie it down, so it doesn’t blow out while you’re driving down the road.
One tip is to use your dock line or mooring line, cleat it off on one side, run it through some of the handles, and cleat it off on the other side of the boat. This can be done either in the bow or the stern. Another idea is to get a battery powered AeroBed pump and let someone pump it up while you’re venturing out to your first spot. If you have a tip for how you typically get your inflated tube safely to the lake, please share it below.