Benefits of Inflatable Boats
Inflatable boats are 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 boats are 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 boats are 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.
Special Features of Seamax Boats
FOS - Four Layers Overlapped Seam: FOS finishing is the strongest seam construction standard in the inflatable boat industry. The 2 main chamber fabrics are bonded together with ½” overlapped. And there are 2 extra 1” pieces of seam tape on both sides to reinforce the main seam. Total thickness of FOS seam is about 4-5mm thick and 2.5” wide.
TSR - Transom Stabilizer Reinforcement: Sun light, water and temperature can severely damage the transom structure on roll up inflatable boats. Adding extra stability and protection to the transom is very important to build our boats. Besides using marine grade solid birch plywood to increase the quality, we have developed new manufacturer standards focusing on every point of making.
AHQC - Accurate Hull Quality Control: Seamax has created AHQC as our new standard for boat design. It includes a new cutting pattern for pontoons and bottom, a new floorboard standard, new equipment and properly trained staff. With AHQC, our boat can offer a tight and superior finished bottom comparing to other manufacturers.
HSB - Hull Stabilizer Bar: HSB is designed by Lawrence, the Owner of Seamax. The technology was first applied to one of our government projects. Now all Ocean T boats and other Seamax 14ft+ boats have HSB. It is located near the front deep V-Hull. The tension along the specially made HSB creates an invisible force triangle to stabilize the front Hull structure and keeps the floor in place. A boat with HSB has better high speed performance. The reinforced hull structure allows the boat to be driven safely when the chambers are in low pressure.
IBR - Inner Bottom Reinforcement: IBR Layer is located on the inner side of the boat bottom central keel area. It is a simple idea but offer a lot of extra protection for your boat bottom. The IBR coverage is about 3' x 1' for small boats and up to 5' x 2' for larger boats. IBR standard is applied to heavy duty boats since 2010. IBR system is not visible from outer side of the boat bottom. It will not cause water resistance when boating. IBR system makes the hull more rigid and protects your boat when launching it from beach or a trailer. It also increases hull thickness for extra protection in case of the bottom hitting under water obstacles. Seamax has no bottom damage claim after applying IBR standard.