Inflatable / February 17, 2019 / Melodie Mainville
You could easily paddle on remote lakes or rivers. Or how about taking your kayak on vacation with you? Bring it in your luggage on the plane and you could be kayaking almost anywhere in the world. That would be pretty difficult to do with a hard-shell kayak. You could take an inflatable kayak on a city bus or bicycle to the water. During off season the kayak would take up minimal storage space. Inflatable Kayaks are Tough and Durable When most people think of an inflatable kayak they picture a cheaply made plastic boat for kids. They picture a kayak that would burst from hitting the smallest rock or branch.
Besides transportation issue the convenience of inflatable boats brings no headache to storage issue as well. After being deflated and folded nicely inflatable boats just size like a stack of clothes. Whenever you need inflatable boats you can just take out straight from your car boot. Inflating them with a foot pump just take around 30 minutes (maximum) and if you are using an electric pump 15 minutes (maximum) is what you need to enjoy boating. Advantage No.2: Stable Inflatable boats are built with 2 large buoyancy tubes on the side and a flat floor in between of them.
Inflatables came very much into the public eye as architectural and domestic object when synthetic material became commonplace. Iconic structures like the US Pavillion on the 1970 Osaka Expo by Davis and Brody and Victor Lundys travelling pavillion for that Atomic Energy Commission popularized the idea that inflatables can be a way to build large structures with very extendend interior spans without pillars. These nice hopes for inflatable structures would later be dashed by the many practical difficulties faced by inflatable buildings such as climatization safety sensitivity to wind and fire proofing that currently restrict their use to very particular circumstances.