There are many categories of inflatable boats available on the market and I will discuss and explain them all. One type of inflatable boat is called a soft tail. Soft tails are usually constructed from two tubes or inflatable chambers, possibly with an inflatable seat also called a thwart as a third. They don't have transoms and are designed for rowing or paddling, although most will accept, with varying degrees of success, a small outboard on a motor mount. For the cruising boat that needs a small tender but lacks the space to stow a conventional dinghy on deck, a soft tail can provide an ideal alternative to towing a dinghy behind. They are also excellent for any person residing in apartment and condo dwellers, or anyone else who wants to own a boat but doesn't have room for an inflatable boat.
These small inflatables can be used effectively for fishing, diving, exploring, camping, and swimming. Soft tails are available in a wide variety of materials and at varying costs. The simplest and least expensive are made from heavy-duty unreinforced PVC and would be considered recreational boats but for their larger size, more rugged construction, and greater utility. The next step up takes you into reinforced fabrics coated with PVC or Hypalon—Saturn inflatable fishing raft would best describe this type, bigger and heavier boats that are naturally more expensive but also offer a wider variety of use options. You can expect to pay about $450 for a excellent-quality Saturn to about $1,200 for a top-of-the-line Achilles or Avon.
The idea of floating around on a cold and dark ocean full of creatures with teeth and tentacles in a boat that is little more than a bag of air can be a pretty scary thing. What about the danger of sinking? People unfamiliar with inflatable boats have a common phobia of the boat springing a leak and deflating. But in more than 20 years of messing around with rubber inflatable boats of all shapes and sizes, I've never even heard of one sinking. Sure they deflate, delaminate, disintegrate, swamp, and self-destruct, but they don't sink. Everything larger than a play boat has multiple air chambers, and it would be very unusual for more than one of them to be punctured at one time. Even should the unlikely occur, a completely deflated boat will retain enough flotation to keep the occupants afloat. So stop worrying about sinking; it just won't happen. But don't use this as an excuse not to wear your life jacket.
DEFLATION. While it is practically impossible for your inflatable boat to sink, it is possible to have a tube deflate and create a dangerous situation. For example, an iron spike protruding from a piece of flotsam (Boston Harbor is full of old dock timbers floating just below the surface) can rip a gash in a side tube in a flash. The tube will collapse in seconds and the boat will most likely swamp. Remember that inflatable boats (excluding play inflatable boats) have at least two and as many as six inflation chambers. They also have considerable reserve buoyancy even when deflated, so you aren't about to sink.
As with any marine emergency, the first thing to do is to get a hold on your emotions. Get your passengers under control, get everyone into life vests, and shut down the motor if there is one. The biggest danger is panic, and you don't want anyone trying to swim for it or otherwise indulging in hysterics.
If you are being blown offshore and you don't have an anchor, tie the outboard onto the painter and use it. If the painter is too short, use the lifelines to add length. You can even use the fuel line if you need it.
If you have a catastrophic side-tube collapse of inflatable dinghy in southern waters, it can be a good idea to get everyone out of the boat and into the water holding onto the lifelines, especially if there are a lot of people in the boat. This has the added effect of reducing windage if an unfavorable breeze is blowing, and even a nonswimmer can help kick the boat to shore. But even in warm waters this technique should be viewed as a last resort because hypothermia sets in very quickly.
The majority of inflatable boats on the market today are built with polyester fabric as a backing of PVC fabric. Most of the others use nylon. If you are able to determine the weight of the fabric, it will be a figure expressed in either denier (pronounced den-yea) or decitex—the weight in grams of a 9,000-meter-long or a 10,000meter-long piece of yarn, respectively, from which the fabric is woven. Denier is the industry standard by which all fabrics are measured. Expect a denier of 800 to 1,200 or a decitex of 900 to 1,300 on extra heavy-duty inflatable boats, less on less-expensive inflatable boats. Nearly all life rafts are constructed of 400- to 600-denier fabric (nylon or polyester) because heavier fabric would make the raft cumbersome and hard to launch and because life rafts are designed for very infrequent use.
Do you intend to use inflatable boats as a dinghy, tender, fishing, diving, hunting, or just weekend gateway? Then it is important that your boat will be capable of rolling up. A well constructed inflatable boat hull should be light, easy to maintain and repair.
We offer Saturn dinghies, tenders, large inflatables boats and roll-ups. The high performance roll-up Saturn inflatable boat is designed with ease of storage and a low overall weight in mind. Saturn inflatable boats models with drop-stitch air floors can be rolled up and stored with the floor system still inside the boat. Assembly is as simple as to inflate the boat and a floor.
If you buy Saturn, you are buying the right Inflatable Boat for you need! The fully collapsible Saturn inflatable boat models offer a rigid floor system. The floor system is typically made of high-pressure drop-stitch fabric, marine plywood or aluminum plates. The horsepower rating is typically higher for plywood or aluminum floor boat models than roll-ups with air floors.
Saturn boats are made of 1100 denier PVC fabric with polyester fabric reinforcement. PVC fabrics with polyester reinforcement are measured in Denier or Decitex. Denier is the weight in grams of a 9,000 meter strand of yarn. Decitex is the equivalent for a strand of 10,000 meters. The higher the Denier or Decitex number, the stronger the material is. In general 1,100 Decitex approximately = 1,000 Denier.
All Satrn inflatale boats coming with rubbing strake protector along tubes sides. The rubbing strake is the tough rubber strip that goes around the boat to protect it against abrasions. It also protects any vessel to which the boat is being moored.