Inflatable / September 14, 2018 / Jolie Robert
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.
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.
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.