Inflatable Boats

Our Guide To Inflatable Boats


A Little History

If you were to discuss the history of inflatable craft, many would announce Zodiac as the designer & creator of the Inflatable Boat as we know it today.

Let’s dig a little deeper and find out where, how and why the inflatable craft idea was first used and made.
The concept of inflatable chambers being used for buoyancy has been around for thousands of years.
Most famously & known as the
Bartang Boat, “Alexander the Great” and his forces beheaded and skinned goats, they would sew up the openings and then inflated the skins through a small opening on one of the goats legs. This clever theory created a form of inflatable transport for “Alexander” and his forces to cross the Oxus River in 329BC
Though this wasn’t an inflatable raft or boat as we know today, the clever adopted theory did in fact create an inflatable chamber buoyant enough for the men to ride on and paddle with their own legs.


Taking a giant leap in years we can see how the skins of animals progressed to early inflatable boats made of rubber.
The first real versions of inflatable rubber boats appeared around the 1840’s.
Lieutenant Peter Halkett designed a collapsible and inflatable boat that could be worn as a waterproof cloak.
This clever designed incorporated a walking stick as an oar and an umbrella as a sail.
Ref = Halkett Boat Cloak
https://goo.gl/Ye4uJE

Making use of Mackintosh cloth (Rubberised cloth invented by Charles Mackintosh)

Though you would now start to think of goodyear


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https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100628-science-ancient-maya-aztec-rubber-balls-beheaded/

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SIB -
Soft Inflatable Boat

So often referred to as a tender for larger craft, These sea worthy Inflatable Boats have a rapidly increasing following with many families worldwide.
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F-Rib
Folding Rigid Inflatable Boat

A revolutionary concept. A rigid hull boat with 2,3 or 4 articulating sections. Once unfolded and inflated, this craft has the advantages of a rib whilst packing away like a sib.

Lightweight, sturdy and easy to store or set up.
The F-Rib is available in several sizes of power boat and 3 sizes of sail boat.

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RIB (RHIB)
Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat

A solid hull boat without folding properties. A trailer will be required to move, launch and retrieve this craft.

A rib has greater sea capabilities than the conventional sib or f-rib, but with the weight and size challenges be sure to have a place to park and store such a vessel.

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