what is the best design for inflatabe boat?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by laura1989, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. laura1989
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    laura1989 New Member

    recently i have been searching the inflatable boat, wanna have a light-weight/portable/inflatable "dream" boat. nothing answered all our requirements. really don't know what is the best design for inflatable boat? is there any suggestions? and also i found one brand, it's called AQUOS BOAT. Is there anyone that has one before and what about the quality. please any suggestions!
     
  2. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    It really depends on what kind of use it will get.

    There are some great, light weight inflatable kayaks available.

    Or maybe a RIB would better suit your needs.
     
  3. jonr
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    jonr Senior Member

    What are all of your requirements?
     
  4. Petros
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    Petros Senior Member

    How big? what do you mean by "lightweight", are you planing on packing it in to a lake? What use, camping, fishing, white water river rafting, etc.?

    Durable inflatable boats are not light, and not easy to inflate. A folding kayak is far more practical than an inflatable boat, but that depends on how large a boat you need.

    I have owned a number of inflatable boats, I was not pleased with any of them for my use (they do not paddle very well at all). Now I own several light weight skin on frame sea kayaks and several small dinghys, which serve my needs much better than the inflatables ever did (lighter and faster to get off the roof of the car into the water). However, it depends what your needs are, and plans for the boat.

    Please describe what use you have in mind.
     
  5. laura1989
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    laura1989 New Member

    thanks for all your advices, the main use i wanna have one boat is to fishing , and i wanna go with my family to enjoy the water fun when we are in holiday, i'm a real new one in the boat , i also searched some knowledge of kayak , but have't determined which model to buy. any detailed suggestion. thanks
     
  6. Jeremy Harris
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    Jeremy Harris Senior Member

    "Inflatable boat" as a description covers a very wide range of boats, from tiny single person toys for use in pools and very sheltered water at one end to large rigid inflatable boats capable of carry many people at high speed in rough water.

    How many people do you want it to carry?

    How do you want to propel it? (oars, outboard motor, or even sail)

    What sort of water conditions do you want to use it in? (open sea, river, lake, sheltered coastal water)

    How do you want to transport it? (folded up in a bag in a big car/truck, on a trailer, on the roof of a car or truck)
     
  7. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Pick the ugliest inflatable you can find and paint it with a really lousy color combination, using a wire brush, so it doesn't get stolen.

    As Jeremy has mentioned, you need to define you needs. In fact, do your needs actually require an inflatable?
     
  8. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    All, very good questions.

    Laura if you define what you need you'll answer your own question without even knowing it!

    Fantastic!
     
  9. KasRob
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    KasRob Junior Member

    Hello,
    The best design is a catamaran style inflatable boat (the floor over water): ECONOMICAL, FAST, safe. Please, see: http://www.aquamaxdirect.com/index....ath=72&zenid=0931d59a5daccabc1ef5b55bf7828a11
    If you wish, I have one for sale. More details? E-mail me, please.
    Good luck. Regards.
    KasRob

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    UNIQUE RAISED FLOOR-BETTER BOAT-BETTER RIDE & NO ASSEMBLY WITH DUEL SHAFT CAPACITY FOR LONG OR SHORT SHAFT MOTORS
    OPTIONAL SAIL KIT MAKES THIS ONE OF THE BEST INFLATABLE SAIL BOATS ON THE MARKET TODAY! SAIL KITS ARE SOLD AS AN ACCESSORY.
     
  10. jonr
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    jonr Senior Member


  11. KasRob
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    KasRob Junior Member

    Yes. They are fast only (sport inflatable boats): bigger motor is heavy, expensive and drunks a lot of gasoline for max. 3, 4 people. You can't install a sail on it. It is uncomfortable for rowing. AquaMaxx BUG catamaran is more economical, needs small electric or gas outboard (of course: you can install 35 HP monster too if you need more speed). I used 6 HP Yamaha 4 stroke w/long shaft (weight70 lbs.) for 7 people on a board (7 people is a max.). Strong enough. Electric motor is much lighter. You can also use a solar panel (s). for it. Paddles are included. Total weight of a set is 100 lbs. Good luck.
    KasRob
     
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