Inflatable boats are relatively new. As a result of this, most people have concerns or questions about using them. Fortunately, we are going to provide detailed answers to some of the frequently asked questions.
Are Inflatable Boats Safe?
This is a question asked by people who are concerned about the safety of inflatable boats because they puncture on sharp items. The truth is that inflatable boats are safe just like their traditional counterparts and, in some instances, they are safer. You should note that inflatable boats are practically unsinkable. For instance, the tubes are separate chambers. Thus, if one is punctured accidentally and deflates, the boat will remain buoyant thanks to the remaining tubes.
Also, inflatable boats have a lot of buoyancy. This is attributed to their oversized inflatable tubes, which are buoyant on water and hard to capsize because of their low center of gravity. Unlike the rowboat, which can tip over easily when a person tries to re-board from water, you will not have trouble climbing into your inflatable boat.
Do you know that the military and other emergency personnel use inflatable boats? Even though it is safer than the rowboat, it is advisable to keep it in the right condition and store it in the right place.
How Long Do Inflatable Boats Last?
The expected lifespan of an inflatable boat is about 12 years. Some boats can last longer than 12 years. PVC boats that are used in the tropics and are not well-maintained could be beyond repair in less than 5 years. For glued PVC or Hypalon boats, the age of the glue ought to be taken into account. For instance, the glue that is over 10 years of age has a high risk of failure. The higher quality boats are likely to use better glue that lasts longer.
Welded PVC boats are likely to have problems because of poor welding seams. Thus, radio frequency or heat welded boats that are over 5 years can cause problems. Most of these boats were made in the 1990s when the welding process had not advanced.
Are Inflatable Boats Good for Fishing?
One of the primary reasons people purchase inflatable boats is fishing. However, no particular model is designed for fishing only. Therefore, there are different factors to consider such as the location, your experience level, budget, and type of fishing. Thus, you should always think of these factors when buying an inflatable boat for fishing.