Do inflatables with floor inserts have problem with fabric on floor

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Squidly-Diddly, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Squidly-Diddly
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    Squidly-Diddly Senior Member

    getting torn when landing on anything but soft sand?

    How do they work hitting rounded river rocks that other soft bottom inflatables don't seem to have a problem with?

    Better to take out the wood for river running?


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  2. Frosty

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    I really dont think it was made for going over any rocks at all. Its a yacht tender,--made to get over the short distance of boat to beach wihout getting wet.

    Its fine where it is --at the side of a pool
  3. michael pierzga
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    Yes and no. One advatage a fabric bottom has over a Rib is weight, very light, hence less prone to chafe. Generally if you treat your rubber bottom in a seamanlike way they last very long. Chafe strips on the stem and keel help. Dacron sticky back sail repair tape on a well prepared surface lasts a season or more

    I like rubber bottoms because of their portability. With a little 2hp outbard they make great tenders.
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