Inflatable boats come is a variety of types and sizes, meeting almost any marine need. In deciding which boat would be best for you, determine how you will be using your inflatable. ... read more The following are the different types of inflatables and the needs they fulfill.
A Yacht Tender – This is a flexible-use boat that is ideal for the first-time boater and is an all-purpose type of boat. They are usually six to nineteen feet long and are very safe and stable.
V-Hull – This type of boat has either an inflated long tub or a wood keel, which is located beneath the floorboard, and allows the boat to slice through the water.
Rigid-Hull – These inflatables come with a fiberglass hull which is mated to an inflatable collar, allowing a deep V-hull shape at the bow and then flattening toward the aft of the boat. You get the buoyancy of an inflatable, coupled with the handling aspects of a conventional boat.
Learn all of the reasons why an inflatable boat may be best for you on the water. ... read more
Stability - Inflatable boats have several advantages over the conventional solid hull type boats. One of the main features is their stability. Because of their inflated tubes, they are almost impossible to overturn or to sink. They sit flat on the water’s surface and flex with the water movement. Because of their incredible buoyancy they are able to carry heavier loads safely.
Stowability - Inflatable boats offer the ease of stowability. An 8 foot inflatable can easily be stored in a two foot by three foot bag, weighing about 80 pounds. Because of its storable size, it is easy to store your inflatable in a locker area of your boat, below deck or at home in your garage, shed or closet. They are ideal for taking them along when camping next to a lake or river.
Performance – The development of inflatables have come a long way. Current designs offer greater lift and stability, creating less drag on the water. This technology requires less power and greater speeds to safely reach your destination in less time. They are highly maneuverable, making it easy to maneuver tight dock areas or landing on virtually any shore line.
Learn a quick and easy way to clean, repair and evaluate your inflatable boat valve to ensure your boating adventures are safe and free from disaster. ... read more Items needed: 1) Soapy water, 2) Rag, 3) Valve Wrench (specific for your boat) and 4) a Q-tip.
Valve failure can occur from dirt, grime or accidental loosening of the valve- anything that can cause the seal between the boat material and the valve or, the rubber inside gasket and the plastic to be separated, will cause a leak.
Boat valve leaks can be found by spraying soapy water in and around the valve. Any bubbling will be an indicator of where the leak will be found. If the leak is found around the seat of the valve, the first solution is to take your valve wrench and complete a quarter to half a turn. If this does not fix the problem. It may be due to a piece of sand or grit preventing the seal to hold. If this is the case, you will want to completely remove the valve to clean the boat surface and valve. If you do need to take the entire valve off, be sure to leave the boat filled with air to help with the removal of the the valve. Older inflatable boats can make for a difficult time when trying to remove the valve. Leaving the boat filled with air can certainly help while removing the valve.
Once you get the valve off, you will want to thoroughly clean the underside of the valve and the top of the valve opening. Then you can put the valve back on the boat. Be sure the valve is screwed back on straight with had pressure. Then fill the boat back up with air. Take your valve wrench and tighten down even more.
Another common issue with an inflatable boat valve leaking would be the inner valve not seating correctly. This can be due to dirt or sand entering the valve and interrupting the seal. This can be fixed by spraying soapy water into the valve in attempt to flush out the debris. You may also want to have a Q-tip to assist you in cleaning out the debris. If neither of these work, you will want to completely remove the valve assembly and clean under between the plunger and the base of the valve assembly to ensure there isn't any debris breaking the seal. read less
Watch this video about the pro's and con's of a Zodiac LE 2800 with Evinrude 250 hp E-Tec Engines.
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What your on now is LE 2800 Series- the law enforcement series. A lot of guys are using them for sea tow operations or tow boat operations. Five branches in the military are using the inflatable. what makes Zodiac special is they offer a pretty nice, stable platform. They've got a very aggressive dead rise to the hull, cost effective and very beamy.... so, you get a boat that's tactical, it's stable, provides a fendering capability for boarding these types of things and the payload is tremendous. what's unique about this tube is that it has seven separate chambers. And, the reason you want those chambers separated so if you do have a failure of a chamber, underway, you don't lose the whole tube, you simple lose the chamber. The E-Tec is what were using for 99% of our rigs. This happens to have the twin 250 E-Tecs on it. Great power. Great hull shot. Low maintenance. I love em! read less