Inflatable boatsare probably the most stable boats on the water. They are used for offshore rescue, whitewater rafting and are the boat of choice for most military agencies. Inflatable boats can maneuver through just inches of water or handle the roughest of water conditions. Inflatable boats work well with electric motors or even the smallest of gas outboards. A 9.8 HP outboard will easily get a twelve foot inflatable up on plane.
Inflatable boatsare very durable but in the event of a puncture or tear, they are easily repaired and can be done by virtually anyone with the widely available inflatable 2-part adhesive and patch materials. Inflatable boats are very compact once rolled up. They require very little space for storage. No need for a boat trailer or paying for storage. Inflatable boats are quite lightweight and inexpensive compared to aluminum and fiberglass boats.
Inflatable boatsare bought by people of all ages. Some are young families looking for an inexpensive way to get out on the water for fishing and crabbing fun. Some are hunters and trappers that may need to get into shallow areas or have to portage the boat. Some are marine researchers that may need to carry their tanks, scuba gears, cameras, instruments, and equipment. Some are marine tour operators that may need to carry their customers for sightseeing. They require a boat with a high weight capacity and the durability not found in aluminum or fiberglass boats.
Other buyers just don’t have the storage space for an aluminum or fiberglass boat. RVers are also the main buyers of inflatable boats. They require a boat that is compact and lightweight that will fit into their RV or pickup when they decide to hit the road. They just want to get out onto the lake or river and do a little fishing or sightseeing and spend less of money.
Robust commercial grade inflatable boats are often sought by commercial operators, non-profit organizations, government agencies, emergency response teams, military, pro-boaters, and those who work on the water. Commercial grade inflatable boats have larger interior space and are equipped with heavy duty fabric, strong hard decks, multiple heavy duty lifelines, and more utility patches. They are designed to carry heavy loads and are suitable for extreme service.