If you are an average boating enthusiast who has to buy your first boat ever or are contemplating getting a new one in place of your old, worn-out hard-shell, consider buying what is fondly referred to as a rubber ducky. There are lots of advantages provided by inflatable boats and you have to factor them in as you set your sights on a new rig.
As opposed to their hard-shell fellows, inflatable boats are constructed from tough materials that don’t easily break or tear when they smash into tough or sharp objects. Hypalon and neoprene are commonly used by the manufacturers of these boats, and they are known for their resistance to blows and punctures unless intentional. When handled right, your inflatable will be serviceable for many years.
This is one of the key reasons behind a lot of boaters, kayakers and rafters opting for inflatable rigs instead of hard-shelled ones. They can simply be folded and kept in the car compartment or even in a backpack. Even if you plan to go cross country or out of the country to catch some great rapids, there’s no need to worry about lugging a boat behind you and spending for extra baggage. They are also suitable for those who go on a combined hiking-camping-boating trip, in which the inflatable boat can just be folded away when not needed and then reinflated when a stream or river must be crossed.
In contrast to hard-hulled boats, these inflatables can cost surprisingly cheap. While you used to pay tens of thousands of dollars to buy a hard-shell in the past, you can purchase a quality inflatable having the same or even way better features for just a couple thousand. And they come with great warranties. In addition, since you can decide to use smaller motors, there’s no need to spend a lot on that area either, reducing your costs further.
Inflatable boats have buoyancy tubes attached to their sides, allowing them to stay afloat even in the harshest water conditions. As well, they are nearly impossible to flip over as they sit flat on the water and have an extremely low center of gravity. Not to mention they have different chambers for every tube so if one punctures, it will not affect the boat’s total integrity. And because they are so easy to fix on the water, they are simply the safest choice for your family.
Convenient Storage and Maintenance
Finally, at the end of your trip, you just need to hose them down with soap and water, dry them well, and deflate them before folding them into storage. No thieves to watch out for at night!