Inflatable / October 10, 2018 / Zurie Chandonnet
The fabrics that produce inflatable boats are very light in weight. For Sea Eagle inflatable dinghy SE 9 it is only weight 38lbs for the boat and 74lbs for boat floorboard and motor mount(For your info SE 9 could be loaded with 1200lbs or 5 adults).Using the comparison of as light as air in inflatable boats is no over-exaggerated. The light weight of inflatable boats makes inflatable boats launch easier. Only 2 adults are needed to carry out the inflatable boat from water after using. The light weight of inflatable boats just makes people love inflatable boats more.
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.
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.