I chose inflatable pillow bags for several reasons: 1) Weight - my hull weighs 240 pounds, so minimizing additional weight made sense. The bags weigh about one pound. 2) Quick and easy installation - just a couple of hours. 3) They are nice to lean against in light air.
Disadvantages: Might include cost if you don't consider your time to build tanks. Mine cost about $160. In two years, I've had no leaks, but I do have to blow up the bags a little when the weather turns colder.
I have two bags hidden under the thwarts and two under the center gunwales. Two SB-2320 (12" x 36") bags under the thwarts provide 300 pounds floatation. Two SB-2102 (10" x 46") bags under the center gunwales provide 224 pounds floatation. A total of 524 pounds floatation.
You should also order three SBF-2 webbing kits (three straps each kit - each bag needs two straps) and one repair kit, just in case.
You can order the bags from Jack Holt, Ltd., The Embankment, Putney London SW15 1LB, England, Attention: Mr. E.J. Mendham, General Manager. The total cost was $160, which included air parcel post and import duties. (In 1990 the exchange rate was 1 Pound = $1.60 and I paid by via Master Card). Delivery by air parcel post takes about three weeks.
Some people opt to put them only on one side to save work. If they dump it on the side without tanks, they flip it over, then right it again.
The center tank provides the most lift, then the forward and finally the aft tank, in case you decide to install them in stages. But it really takes all three, before you will realize the full advantage.
A ancillary advantage was realized by installing inspection ports with cat bags in the tank sides, providing water tight storage space for registration papers, lunch, tools, etc. The tank sides also provide a place to install hardware, just like the plastic boats.
Read Skip Kendricks, experience with air tanks.