Inflatable / February 11, 2019 / Zurie Chandonnet
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.
Advantage No.3: Large Loading Capacity Due to the designs of large buoyancy tubes the loading of inflatable boats could be huge. Together with the stable attribution inflatable boats just could upload a large loading of cargo or person without any unsteadiness. For example Sea Eagle 12.6 SR a runabout boat with exterior dimension 126" x 54" just can be loaded with as much as 6 adults or 1600lbs. Inflatable boats just give a higher loading capacity. Advantage No.4: Inflatable Boats Light As Air Although the loading capacity of inflatable boats is huge that doesnt mean inflatable boats are heavy.
But as with most things in life things change. In the last five years most U.S. "manufacturers" have thrown in the towel and are no longer making their own Inflatables. Theyre now importing China made Inflatables and passing them off as "Made in the U.S.A." In addition a new breed of internet phonies are posing as "manufacturers" and selling "China made Inflatables" or acting as a distributor for some other inflatable company importing from China. The fact of the matter is there are only a few manufacturers left that still build their entire product line of Inflatables right here in the good old U.S.A. Its more expensive but far superior in durability. And yes in spite of what you have been told there is a big difference in Safety Quality Craftsmanship.