How are inflatable rafts made?

What material is used to make inflatable boats?

Inflatable boats were mostly made with rubber for a long time. However, nowadays, most of the boats are made of plastic polymers like PVC (polyvinyl chloride fabric). New materials, such as Hypalon or Neoprene are synthetic rubbers that are gaining momentum due to higher resistance and efficiency.

How do I know if my raft is PVC or Hypalon?

Hypalon is glued, with lots of material overlap, PVC has narrow overlaps and welded impressions. PVC also shows fabric print-thru because the material is thinner.

Are inflatable rafts safe?

Inflatable boats are very safe, especially for calm water activities such as fishing and relaxation. However, inflatable boats are not safe to use in rough waters or in seas because these boats are very light and can be carried away by the waves and can cause many dangers.

Are PVC rafts good?

PVC: Pro: inexpensive.

Cons: not particularly durable, can crack when rolled in cold temperatures, tend to be mass produced so these boats are known for quality issues.

What are Mercury Inflatables made of?

Mercury Inflatable HP boat accessories are all made of 100% HP (Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene) formulated by a US laboratory, the identical material used in the fabric of the boat. The 100% HP accessories are extremely strong against weathering, UV light and most chemical pollutants.

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When did DuPont stop making Hypalon?

Hypalon production was discontinued by its original manufacturer, DuPont, back in 2009. This was due to production safety reasons and environmental considerations. For one, when Hypalon burns it releases highly toxic fumes.