When versatility, convenience, safety, efficiency and cost are all
factors at the time you are looking for a boat, let inflatable boats be
at the top of your list. Let us tell you how each of these factors are
Inflatable boats can fit a wide range of needs. They can be used as a
primary, as a dive or as a fishing boat. They work very well as tenders
for yachts because you can pull up right along side without fear of
damaging the hull of either craft. Inflatables are great for rescue
boats as well.
Because there is no need for a trailer, inflatables are the epitome of
convenience. When you are ready to go to the lake for a weekend away,
or sneak out of the office early on a Friday afternoon, just load your
deflated, rolled up boat into the trunk of your car and go. When you
arrive, all that is needed it to pull it out, unroll, inflate, and you
are off for an enjoyable time. No more waiting in line at the single
dock on the lake for your turn to unload. A trailer is not needed with
these lightweight craft.
Special fabrics are needed to construct inflatables to make them as
strong and durable as they possibly can be. This goes way beyond the
concept of simple rubber rafts. Inflatables need to be tough enough to
stand up to the harsh elements such as the sun or weather. Two main
types of materials are used when making inflatables, Hypalon‚ coated
fabrics or PVC coated fabrics.
Because of the lightweight nature of an inflatable boat, much lower
horse powered engines are needed. Many inflatables are used simply with
oars or paddles. When they are used as Sport Boats, most frequently an
outboard motor is used as well as a hard transom usually made out of
fiberglass or wood. Without the need to buy as much gas and other
accessories for the motor, efficiency is a definite benefit to owning an
When you look at cost from the standpoint of not only the amount for the
boat itself, but the amount needed for upkeep, storage, accessories, and
transportation of the boat, the numbers really add up. When purchasing
a boat many people forget about these additional costs. When you factor
all of them in, however, it really makes sense to get an inflatable!