Most of us have a dream of being out on the open water and few of us are able to realize and enjoy it. The main reasons for this are that most of us do not stay near open water and the one who has a love for water definitely needs some form of transportation on the water. Either you want to go fishing, find new beaches for chilling out, go kayaking or need tender for the larger boat then you should think of inflatable boats.
Inflatable boats can be great, but a lot of people upset about their choice. Because of that, they buy the wrong kind of boat. Inflatable boats are amazing for recreational trips on a lake, fishing tour, and even have the capacity to add a motor should you want to get up to speed on the water. So here we outlined the types of inflatable boats.
Types Of Inflatable Boats:
1. Yacht Tenders:
This category is perfect for first-time boat buyers, or for anyone looking for a practical all-purpose boat offering maximum safety and stability at a reasonable price. The size of boats in this type ranges from about 6 feet up to 20 feet. There are four types of inflatable boats of clearly different hull or bottom configurations applicable in a modern yacht tender inflatable:
The floors of these inflatable boats contain a layer of fabric and slats running across the beam. They are generally painted or stained and are about 4 inches in width. The slatted floor system is usually found in inflatables from about 6 to 8 feet in length only, even there is no need for performance.
2. V-hull (wood or inflatable keel):
This boat consists of a separate longitudinal inflation tube or wood keel which is located beneath the floorboards. Once if inflated, it provides a moderate V-keel at the bow of the boats by pressing the fabric floor down and takes away from the floorboards. Handling and performance are extremely improved as the keel cuts through the water cleanly. In addition, it has the extra buoyancy and flotation.
3. High-performance hulls:
Here are conventional inflatables to inflatables providing high speed coupled with excellent handling. But, this added performance can create a false sense of security and may lead to boating accidents. These boats are suggested for more experienced boaters. An example of a high-performance hull would be Zodiac’s Futura model. The patented Futura hull has smaller “speed tubes” connected down the regular collar.
4. Rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RIB’s):
The advantages of the RIB are quickly seen in increased performance and handling, coupled with versatility, stability and passenger comfort. The smaller rigid-hulled inflatables build great yacht tenders for larger yachts, even though the larger RIBs make perfect water sports or fishing boats, especially because of their flotation, stability, and safety. Also, many of the RIBs provide removable collars making storage, maintenance and repairs much easier and suitable.
Inflatable raft usually assigns to an inflatable boat suited mostly for water fun and play. They will have inflatable floors forming them comfortable to sit on and jump around, which feel great for a day at the beach with kids. As the price rate increases, the rafts get bigger and more characteristics are added, such as multiple air chambers, safety valves, grab ropes, multiple handles, or clasps, fishing rod holders, or even motor mounts and an inflatable keel for added flexibility.
Inflatable Pontoon Boat
These types of boat are most popular for fisherman. An inflatable pontoon boat is designed of 2 large air tubes, which are keeping together by a curved air bladder or a metal frame. The seat is connected directly in the middle of the boat, offering a stable and high vantage point for fisherman. It has two kinds of seats: inflatable seat (frameless boats) and real boats (metal frame boats). It also comes with rod holders and other accessories to make fishing easier.
So, there are several categories of inflatable boats, with each type having a specific purpose. Therefore, choose carefully with a clear purpose, otherwise, you will find yourself upset about your choice.