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.
In contrast to their hard-shell duplicates, inflatable boats are made of stuff that don’t tear or break easily when coming in contact with jagged or sharp objects. Hypalon and neoprene are often used to make such boats, which are known for being blow- and puncture-resistant, unless these were done intentionally. When handled properly, your inflatable can go for years and years.
This is one of the biggest reasons boaters, rafters, and kayakers often shift to inflatable counterparts of their rigs from those hard-shelled types. They can simply be folded and kept in the car compartment or even in a backpack. Even when going on a cross country or an overseas trip to catch some nice rapids, you don’t have to concern yourself with lugging a boat behind you and paying for the extra baggageEven when you go cross country or out of the country to pursue some great rapids, you don’t need to think about lugging a boat behind you and spending money for additional baggage. They are also suited for those who embark a total boating/camping/hiking trip, where they can just fold the inflatable boat when they have no need for it and inflate it when they have to get past a river or stream.
Unlike hard-hulled boats, the cost of inflatables can be amazingly low. Where you had to pay tens of thousands of dollars to own a hard-shell back then, you can enjoy a superior quality inflatable that works exactly the same way – if not better – for no more than a couple thousand. And you can get them with exceptional warranties. Additionally, as you can pick smaller motors, you need not spend so much on that department either, which only drives your costs further down.
Buoyancy tubes of inflatable boats are attached to their sides, so they can stay afloat despite the toughest of water conditions. Also, it is almost impossible to capsize them, considering their center of gravity is extremely low and they sit flat on the water surface. Not to mention they have separate chambers for each and every tube, which means punctures on one will not automatically degrade the integrity of the whole boat. And being easy to repair while on water, they couldn’t be safer for your family.
Easy Storage and Maintenance
Lastly, when you’re done with your trip, you just wash them (ordinary soap and water will do), dry them, and deflate them before folding them away for your next adventure. No worries about thieves now!