Inflatable / October 10, 2018 / Zurie Chandonnet
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.
The planning dependence upon an indoor pocket of gas leads to a necessity for a really durable surface material and/or simple repair of tears and holes on the material since a puncture or tear will result within the escape of the gas inside (a leak) and also the deflation of the inflatable which depends upon the gass pressure to hold its form. Detectable leaks can be caused by holes (from punctures or tears) on the material the separating of seams the separating of valve components or an improperly close or improperly closing valve. Even if an inflatable possesses no macroscopic leaks the gas inside will usually diffuse out of the inflatable albeit at a much slower rate until equilibrium is reached while using pressure outside the inflatable.
Inflatables should also never be used during rain or thunderstorm. Playing in an inflatable during a rain or when it is wet can create the surface to be extremely slippery and thus lead to a participant injury. Also you dont want to use the inflatables when the weather is extremely hot. Inflatables can get pretty hot especially during the summer heat and thus cause heat stroke or worse. Since inflatables take a lot of energy out of participants it is vital to keep participants hydrated so they do not experience dehydration or heat stroke. The person renting the inflatable should ALWAYS be trained and instructed how the inflatable works so there is no confusion about the functionality and how its supposed to perform.