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UER Forum > Archived US: Great Lakes > Inflatable raft durability (Viewed 582 times)

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Re: Inflatable raft durability
<Reply # 20 on 2/1/2014 9:58 PM >
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Smurf why do you say the Sandstone will screw you on inflatables?

I guess I was just referring to the cheap stuff you can buy at walmart i.e. air mattresses or pool tubes


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Re: Inflatable raft durability
<Reply # 21 on 2/2/2014 2:36 PM >
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I think there's some older explorers who have more stories of those popping round here. A few of the deeper but enticing things to boat in have good records for eating cheap inflatable boats... Then there's the angry beaver...if he'll ram a kayak or raft full of obnoxious explorers...

Inflatable kayaks are great but super spendy!

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Re: Inflatable raft durability
<Reply # 22 on 2/10/2014 2:09 PM >
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Holes aren't a big deal. Just think of them as a time limit. As long as you can paddle faster than the clock running out you will be perfectly fine.

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Re: Inflatable raft durability
<Reply # 23 on 2/11/2014 3:17 PM >
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From personal experience:

Top of the line will be something like a Zodiac or similar semi-rigid hull. They're bulkier and much more expensive, but they are almost as good as a real boat while being slightly cheaper and more portable. These are often $200 and up, you can sometimes find them used with small holes that can be fixed with silicone and rubber patches.

Next best are the thicker-skinned ones with multiple air chambers. Look for something with 20-gauge PVC or better They hold up well to sun exposure and gravel beaches. We used to use them in Alaska for getting ashore from larger boats, and would leave them inflated on the roof all year. Gonna be in the $50-$100 range for one of those.

The lower end inflatables are the Explorer 100/200 etc ($20-$40 range). I consider these somewhat disposable, if you get one or two uses out of them, great, but don't count on getting much more. They're very thin/cheap material (essentially pool toys) and not only pop if they touch something sharp, but also decay over time, if you leave them folded up in a box or let them get cold the creases start to get brittle and weak.

If you're getting into the $100 range, consider a cheap kayak instead. Way more reliable (although you can put holes in those too), and more controllable. Can get them on sale at many fine retailers for around $100 or used on CL even cheaper. Downside is they're not as portable.

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