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The economical aspects of an inflatable boat

posted by The Captain @ 1:49 PM
Friday, May 25, 2012

An inflatable boat is an economical boat that’s simple to maintain. An inflatable makes boating an economical sport. Inexpensive at purchase, simple to use, cheap and easy to maintain and their resale is relatively easy with good residual value.


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  • Reassuring stability: The stability of an inflatable boat , thanks to its large buoyancy tubes and resulting low center of gravity, is such that under normal circumstances it is practically impossible to capsize. This quality, which is essential to safe confident navigating, is especially appreciated by divers and fisherman.
  • Their maintenance is straight forward.
  • Boating can be economical. No mooring charges.
  • Their resale is relatively easy with good residual value.

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Inflatable boat hull and deck designs

posted by The Captain @ 1:37 PM
Friday, May 25, 2012

Zodiac’s creative genius has led it to patent a great many of its products, accessories and exclusive models. For this reason, their brand has been chosen as our demonstration unit for this section.

Hulls

  • The Flat Hull
    This hull usually comes with a slatted floor, making for a light, quick to set up tender. Generally reserved for boats which don’t need to plane or cover long distances.
  • The V-shaped Hull
    Created by combining a rigid floor with an inflatable or wood keel. This hull design helps planing. Improves navigational stability.
  • The Futura Hull
    Exclusive to Zodiac. Reserved for larger inflatable boats . Offers optimum handling, precision and comfort.

Floors – The floor influences total weight, time and ease of assembling

  • The H2P Floor
    The fully inflatable boat concept reinvented by Zodiac: the inflatable H2P air-floor is made up of two layers of fabric held together by thousands of polyester cross-stitches; when inflated to high pressure this air cushion becomes as rigid as a traditional floor, but is much lighter and takes up less space. Soft to touch the H2P air-floor absorbs bumps and resists tears.
    Developed by Zodiac, the only manufacturer to master its use on large inflatable boats , the H2P is fitted to models from 2.40 m to 4.70 m.
  • Roll-up Floor
    If you envision a nomadic style of navigation, choose a boat where the floor can be left in place be it slats or an auto-rolling rigid floor or, the lightest and quickest of all, the H2P air-floor.
  • Floorboards
    If you expect to set the boat up only several times a season, the traditional floor with strengthening rails is an excellent alternative. Choose between marine plywood or aluminum, particularly resistant to shocks, or a composite floor with its inherent lightness.


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Assembly
Assembly is quick and easy: just simply inflate. The whole boat fits in one bag: no lost fittings. The floor can be removed: easy maintenance.

Navigation
A light boat; easy to launch: easy to pull ashore. Smaller outboards: exceptional performance. Tenders easy to pull on board: less strain on the davits.

Decks

Two Types of Decks:
The fully equipped decks provide seating and maximize storage space, by using the area between the deck and the hull. Flat decks are for those who require free space to carry a maximum number of passengers or equipment, or for creating a customized layout.

The Hull is Fiberglass
Fitted with an inflatable buoyancy tube for added stability and safety. Particularly suited to intensive navigation on choppy water. A deep V ensures an easy ride in heavy seas. A progressive V planes quickly, even with heavy loads.

The Removable Tube System

A clever concept, for most of its semi-rigid models, the tube is equipped with a cuff that slides into a slot on the rigid hull.

To install it, slide the cuff starting from the bow into the built-in slot on each side of the rigid hull. Tightness is secured once the tube is inflated.

Entirely removable the tube can be disassembled and folded for maintenance, repair, storage and transportation.

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Types of inflatable boats

posted by The Captain @ 1:22 PM
Friday, May 25, 2012

Yacht Tenders
This category is ideal for first-time boat buyers, or for anyone seeking a practical all-purpose boat offering maximum safety and stability at an affordable price. The size of boats in this category range from about 6 feet up to 20 feet. There are four types of inflatable boats of distinctly different hull (or bottom) configurations available in a modern yacht tender inflatable:

The floors of these inflatable boats consist of a layer of fabric and slats (usually wood) running across the beam. They’re usually painted or stained and are about 4 inches in width. The slatted floor system is generally found in inflatables from about 6 to 8 feet in length only, where there is no need for performance. Consequently, these inflatable boats don’t tow, motor or row as well as inflatables with an inflatable keel and v-hull.

V-hull (wood or inflatable keel)
This consists of a separate longitudinal inflation tube or wood keel located beneath the floorboards. Once inflated. it provides a moderate V-keel at the bow of the boats by pushing the fabric floor down and away from the floorboards. Handling and performance is greatly improved as the keel cuts through the water cleanly. An added benefit is the extra buoyancy and flotation it provides.


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High-performance hulls
Here is where you go from conventional inflatables to inflatables offering high speed coupled with excellent handling. However, this added performance can often create a false sense of security and may lead to boating accidents. These boats are recommended for more experienced boaters. An example of a performance hull would be Zodiac’s Futura model. The patented Futura hull has smaller “speed tubes” attached below the regular collar. Upon reaching plane the boat lifts up onto these speed tubes, trapping air underneath and exerting positive lift (hydrodynamic lift), leaving the boat riding on these two “speed tubes” like a racing catamaran.

Rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RIB’s)
As their name suggests, these boats feature a fiberglass rigid hull mated to an inflatable collar. This allows a conventional deep V-hull shape at the bow, flattening out to common planing sections aft. The concept marries the famous buoyancy and stability of an inflatable boat with the excellent handling characteristics of a conventional fiberglass hull. The larger boats in this range offer a wide range of console configurations, seating and other features such as built-in storage lockers, and many other features typically found on larger fiberglass vessels.

The benefits of the RIB are quickly seen in increased performance and handling, coupled with versatility, stability and passenger comfort. The smaller rigid-hulled inflatables make excellent yacht tenders for larger yachts, while the larger RIBs make perfect watersports or fishing boats, particularly because of their flotation, stability and safety. Many rescue and military agencies have recognized the seaworthiness, safety and stability of RIBs and use them in many applications. Also, many of the RIBs offer removable collars making storage, maintenance and repairs much easier and convenient.

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Inflatable kayak frequently asked questions (FAQs)

posted by The Captain @ 12:07 PM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I bought a used inflatable kayak and need information on it. How do I get it?
The best way is by visiting s Supplier’s Index, searching for the brand and visiting their website. If they are not listed, try contacting us and maybe we can help answer your question.

What fabrics are inflatable kayaks made from?
For many years all inflatable kayaks were made of Neoprene/Hypalon (or rubber) materials. Today modern materials and construction processes have made it possible to make inflatables out of strong plastic materials called PVC or Strongan (Zodiac’s fabric). So, today most inflatables are made out of PVC or Hypalon. Each fabric is different and requires different fabric and glue for repairs.

Are inflatable kayaks safe and stable?
Yes!inflatable kayaks are said to be the safest and most stable boats in the world now with the patented construction methods, technology used and the innovative designs allowing redundant safety systems to be in place (ie. multiple chambers in the tubeset in case 1 gets punctured, other still stay inflated). Because of their safety reputation, inflatable kayaks are now essentially the standard for use by the military, coast guard and other rescue agencies worldwide.

How big a kayak do I need for my family?
There are too many criteria to consider for us to answer this question accurately for each user, but generally criteria include, number of people to go in the boat, their average weight, how much cargo will you have, for use in lakes or oceans, calm water or rough water, size of engine, personal safety peace of mind needed, tow it, put it on the roof or fold it up, and your budget. When you know the answers to these, visit a dealer and they’ll show you boats that meet your needs.

What size do I need for my yacht?
There are too many criteria to consider for us to answer this question accurately for each user, but generally criteria include, number of people to go in the boat, their average weight, how much cargo will you have, for use in lakes or oceans, calm water or rough water, size of engine, personal safety peace of mind needed, tow it, put it on top of your boat, put it on davits or fold it up, and your budget. When you know the answers to these, visit a dealer and they’ll show you boats that meet your needs.

How do I find out who manufactured my kayak?
Inflatable kayaks will have a logo, decal or other branding on them most of the time. If not, they should all have an I.D. plate or patch identifying the boat brand, model, serial number, length, width, weight, capacities, manufacturer contact info and more. This plate is often located on the transom (back) of the kayak. Contact the manufacturer using a Supplier’s Index to attain information you may be looking for or may require in the future.


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How do I find a repair facility for my inflatable kayak?
Go to our Supplier’s Index and search for the listing of the manufacturer of your kayak. Click there to go to their website and locate the “dealer list” to search for a dealer/repair facility in your area. If brand loyalty is not an issue, or your brand has no dealer in your area, some of the bigger manufacturers have many dealers to choose from as most dealers will repair any brand of inflatable kayak. Here are some:

I recently bought a used inflatable kayak and need parts for it.
Go to our Supplier’s Index and search for the listing of the manufacturer of your kayak . Click there to go to their website for information and parts. If it isn’t listed, they probably don’t have a website. Our Shopping section offers a wide selection of parts and many dealers of different brands stock universal parts also.

I want to repair my inflatable kayak. What do I do?
Repairing a kayak yourself is a difficult and often costly task. It is a complex procedure and the glue, solvents, fabrics and tools required are not easy to get and are usually expensive. However, most dealers stock these items and will sell you them, some will even offer directions and advice. Be warned though that “self repairs” may end in a visit to the dealer anyways, so a dealer evaluation before you try is always the best idea to determine the difficulty of the repair.

I want to build my own inflatable kayak. Does anyone sell patterns and supplies?
Building an inflatable kayak is complex, and expensive and is best left to the professionals. Building your own kayak will likely cost more than buying one and could prove to be a safety hazard as well. Insuring it or passing government inspections/regulations my be difficult also. Patterns for the sections of the inflatable collar are hard to get and it is unlikely a manufacturer will supply them or that a dealer would have them. However, if you really want to try, a dealer will likely sell you the fabric, glue, parts, etc.

How do I learn more about inflatable kayaks?
The best way to learn more about a specific brand is by visiting a Supplier’s Index, searching for the brand and visiting their website. If they are not listed, try using our Information, Advice and Support page to learn more, or by contacting us and maybe we can help answer your question.

How Do I Find A Leak In My Inflatable Kayak?
Use a soapy water mixture (dish soap) and spray it all over your inflatable kayak while it is inflated. Watch for small bubbles, hissing and other telltale signs. Works every time!

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Inflatable Boat Tubes/Sponsons

posted by The Captain @ 11:09 AM
Monday, May 21, 2012

Zodiac’s creative genius has led it to patent a great many of its products, accessories and exclusive models. For this reason, their brand has been chosen as our demonstration unit for this section.
As the world’s leading manufacturer of inflatable boats , Zodiac originated many of the major concepts that have led to modern development of the inflatable like the inflatable keel, the Futura hull, the H2P inflated floor and the Ribster. Paralleling this, it has patented many of its original technical features: ie. the removable tube and adjustable oarlocks. These assembly methods for accessories (hand rail, stoppers) and advanced industrial technology are best illustrated by the way the transom is welded to the inflatable structure.

Because it belongs to a dynamic international industrial conglomerate. Zodiac has the technological ability to constantly develop new techniques using the latest high tech materials. For you, this is a guarantee that the boat you have chosen is better designed, better equipped, more efficient; a real asset!

Winning features, identifying signs
Inflatable keel, partially recessed valves. full length floorboard are the signs of a real Zodiac, the world leader, whose major characteristics have often been copied.

Inflatable Keel
Patented by Zodiac, this additional air chamber situated between the floor and the bottom creates a hull shape giving secure, comfortable handling characteristics.

Towing Rings
Oversized, stainless steel, towing rings capable of withstanding pulling forces of up to 1/2 ton, they are correctly positioned for efficient towing using a “V” system.

Semi-recessed Valves
Patented by Zodiac. Provides for quick inflation/deflation, allows easy adjustment of the pressure and is doubly airtight. Gives a continuous pressure reading when equipped with a valve pressure gauge.

Internal Bulkhead
Totally sealing one compartment from the other, its conical floating shape equalizes the pressure in the tubeset.

Rubbing Strakes
Protecting the boat from bumps and knocks and the passengers from spray, Zodiac is the only manufacturer to have perfected the fitting of rubbing strakes by a welding procedure. The majority of Zodiac boats benefit from this system.

Floor With Rail System
Designed for fast easy assembly and strengthened by stringers, this aluminum framed floor features an integrated rail system, exclusive to Zodiac, which allows the fitting of accessories and the tying down of equipment.

Carrying Handles
Ergonomically designed to allow a good comfortable grip, these handles are positioned in carefully studied places to make carrying easier.

Marine Ply Transom
Carrying the weight of the motor and the large forces and vibrations it generates, the transom is designed to cope with extreme stresses.

Reinforced Cone Ends
Efficiently protect one heavily attacked zone of the boat.

Self-bailer
Using a non-return diaphragm system, simply remove the plug when under way and any water in the boat is quickly drained.


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Thermo-bonding, Marine ply transom, Strongan™ Duotex*, Floor with rail system, Internal bulkhead, Towing, rings, Reinforced cone ends, Self-bailer, Semi-recessed valve, Carrying handles, Rubbing strakes, Inflatable keel

Thermobonding
Exclusive to ZODIAC, a robotized hot assembly technique originating from the aeronautical industry. Much stronger and more precise than old fashioned hand-glued methods, the resulting seams are virtually indestructible.

Marine ply transom
Carrying the weight of the motor and the large forces and vibrations it generates, the transom is designed to cope with extreme stresses.

Strongan™ Duotex
High performance fabric, exclusive to ZODIAC, Strongan™ is a 3rd generation plastomer which bonds impervious inner and outer layers to a dense polyester support cloth. It resists cuts and abrasions and is easily repairable in the unlikely event of a puncture.

Floor with rail system
Designed for fast easy assembly and strengthened by stringers, this aluminium framed floor features an integrated rail system, exclusive to Zodiac, which allows the fitting of accessories and the tying down of equipment.

Internal bulkhead
Totally sealing one compartment from the other, its conical floating shape equalizes the pressure between them.

Towing rings
Oversized, stainless steel, towing rings capable of handling pulling forces of up to 1/2 tonne, they are correctly positioned for efficient towing using a “V” system.

Reinforced cone ends
Efficiently protect one heavily attacked zone of the boat.

Self-bailer
Using a non-return diaphragm system, simply remove the plug when under way and any water in the boat is quickly evacuated.

Semi-recessed valve
Patented by ZODIAC, this system provides for quick inflation/deflation, allows easy adjustment of the pressure, is doubly airtight and well protected against sand and other debris. All this while being comfortable for passengers. When equipped with a valve cap pressure gauge you have a continuous pressure reading.

Carrying handles
Ergonomically designed to allow a good comfortable grip, these handles are positioned in carefully studied places to make carrying easier.

Rubbing strakes
Protecting the boat from bumps and knocks and the passengers from spray.

Inflatable keel
This additional air chamber situated between the floor and the bottom creates a hull shape giving secure, comfortable handling characteristics.

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