Inflatable / February 16, 2019 / Tempeste DAvis
If youve owned one of the older cheaper style inflatable boats you know you also have to invest in repair patches or a roll of duct tape. New high quality inflatable kayaks are changing peoples impressions of inflatable boats. New inflatable crafts are made from puncture and abrasion resistant rubber often reinforced with polyester fabric. This is much stronger than the PVC material used for most cheap inflatable boats. Under normal circumstances it is quite unlikely that you would puncture these new rubber materials. Even if you did most inflatable kayaks have at least three separate air chambers.
Many inflatables are made of material that does not stretch upon inflation; a notable exception of that is the balloon whose rubber stretches greatly when inflated. The airship is usually inflated with helium because it is lighter than air and doesnt burn unlike hydrogen airships such because the Hindenburg. Inflatables are extensively utilized for the construction of specific sports pitches military fast-assembly tents camping tent air beams and noise makers. Inflatable aircraft including the Goodyear Inflatoplane were used. Inflation by dynamic ram-air is providing wings for hang gliding and paragliding.
You simply grab the cockpit of the kayak and pull yourself up like youre getting out of a swimming pool. This makes an inflatable kayak very convenient for snorkeling or swimming. Before getting back in it is easy to dump out any water that gets aboard. Some inflatable boats are even self bailing. Another misconception about inflatable kayaks is that they have very poor maneuverability. People think you would have very little control in an inflatable kayak. This isnt the case with newer inflatable kayaks though. Many of these inflatable boats have optional foot controlled rudders to make for easy turning without missing a stroke.