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So you want a boat, but something keeps holding you back. Maybe it’s the cost associated with owning a boat, or perhaps the time it takes to maintain one that has caused you to hesitate.
Fear not, dear reader, for there is a solution to this, and it’s owning an inflatable boat. “An inflatable?” you might ask; yes, an inflatable. There are two kinds of inflatable boats. The first kind is the type that you can find in many department stores, that are made of the same plastic that an inflatable pool toy is made, and the second is a rugged, built-to-last inflatable boat that is made of either PVC or CSM which is strong enough to have an outboard motor placed on its transom, and, with the soft hull models, can fold up so small that you can fit it inside of you vehicle or in other small storage areas.
The cost of owning one of these inflatable boats can be lower than $800, which is a fraction of the thousands of dollars you would have to spend on other boats. If you decide to use an outboard motor on your inflatable boat, and if it is small enough, you don’t even need a trailer! Just pack your boat and motor into your vehicle and go! Along with the buying price, the cost to maintain an inflatable is very, very low. If you keep your inflatable out of the sun and wash it when it needs cleaning, the only thing you’ll be spending money on is soap and water. Maintaining your inflatable requires little energy and time, which you can then use for enjoying yourself on the water.
After you inflate your boat, you have two options: you can either deflate it and put it away, or keep it inflated. The time to completely deflate your inflatable boat and dismantle it can be done in five minutes or less; all you have to do is open all of the air valves which you do by pushing in the pin, and remove the anodized aluminum floorboards. Then just roll up the inflatable, and store it. After deflation and disassembly, the inflatable boat can be as light at 70 pounds; one or two people can lift the boat and easily store it. One of the RibRave DurAquos Inflatable Boats length is 10 feet 6 inches when fully inflated, and can deflate to 45x25x18 inches which uses very little floor space. This capability is ideal for those who want a boat but don’t want to use a trailer for their boat. If you do decide to deflate and store it, I would suggest that you put it into a storage bag that the RibRave DurAquos inflatable boat comes with. It keeps debris off, prevents damage from abrasions, and helps to keep rodents from chewing on your boat.
Keeping your boat inflated after using it works, too. You can simply tie your inflatable to the dock cleat and leave it in the water, or attach it to your larger boat and tow it. Say you want to keep your inflatable boat inflated, but out of the water. It is perfectly viable to do so, however, you should use a boat cover. Covering your boat will protect it from UV rays which cause oxidation of the boat material, making it degrade faster and reducing its lifetime. What’s great about keeping your boat inflated is that the next time you decide to go back out on the water with it, all you have to do is take a minute to add a little air into the tubes if need be.
It’s a lot of fun when you pair up your inflatable with an outboard motor. The boat is so light that it requires little power to get it into planing mode.You would be surprised at how well an inflatable boat performs, especially the ones with a Deep-V keel. It’s a very smooth and dry ride. Inflatables are perfect to simply get around in, but it’s capable of moving fast—and controlled—if speed is your thing. It’s quite thrilling! I was in Jacksonville, Florida a little while back and I was riding the RibRave DurAquos 10ft 6in Inflatable Boat using a 6HP outboard motor on the intercoastal; though the 10ft 6in model is capable of handling up to a 15HP motor, the 6HP did the job. As I revved up the throttle, I could feel the bow descending ever so slightly at first, and as I gained a bit more speed, the bow was almost parallel with the surface of the water, and I was planing. “Pretty cool”, I thought in that moment, because not fifteen minutes before then, the boat that I was now zooming down the waterway with was folded inside of my car. I slowed down as I approached a fisherman sitting in his kayak, and he was surprised to know that the inflatable boat had a soft hull. When I was finished that day, I rode back down to the slip, packed it up, and was about my way.
Owning an inflatable boat is low cost and low maintenance, and you can get a ton of enjoyment out of it. So what are you waiting for? Get a RibRave DurAquos Inflatable Boat today and start having fun!
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The much anticipated boat season is right around the corner, and now is the time to get your boat ready to ride. There are a couple of key things that apply to most boats to get them in ship-shape:
- First, check to see if anything needs replacing. The sooner you find out what you need replaced, the quicker your boat will be ready for the season, especially if you have to order something and it takes several business days to get to you.
- Change your boat’s engine oil. Also replace the filter if necessary. One good rule of thumb to go by is to change both your engine oil and filter either every one hundred hours of motor/engine operation, or with each passing season.
- Next, do a general cleaning of your boat, both hull and topside. A mild detergent with water will do in most cases, unless you have any specialty material on your boat such as fabrics or teak; in those cases, I suggest you find out exactly what works best for those things.
- If you don’t already have one for your boat, get a tool bag. This bag should contain all of the tools you would need in order to replace something or conduct a simple repair while on board. Don’t forget to keep the bag on your boat, because you never know when you’re going to need the tools!
- Keep a first aid kit and life ring on your boat.
- Check your boats registration, and see if it is current.
- Check and possibly replace the zincs you have on the hull of your boat.
- Inspect the hull of your boat, and make sure there are no punctures or abrasions that might need repairing.
If you take care of your boat, it’ll take care of you. Taking the time to do these steps not only ensures a higher quality of enjoyment of your time on the water, but it also extends the life of your boat. Happy boating!
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