When you first think about it, you might wonder if an inflatable boat is as safe as a regular hard-shell watercraft. The fact is inflatable boats are just as safe as traditional boats, and in some instances they may even be safer.
Inflatable boats tend to be more buoyant than traditional boats mainly because of the inflatable collar or tubes. The inflatable sections help spread the buoyancy out over the entire boat, making it less likely to sink. Also, the collars or tubes on an inflatable boat are usually designed with separate chambers. That means if one chamber becomes deflated, the overall buoyancy will not be noticeably affected.
One indication that inflatable boats are safe is that they are preferred by the coast guard as offshore rescue vessels. The probable reason why the coast guard prefer these boats is because they are almost impossible to capsize and handle better in rough water. Several air chambers assure buoyancy even if one chamber looses air pressure due to a leak.
The design of inflatable boats also make them a more stable watercraft. Unlike traditional boats, an inflatable boat sits flat on the water and has a low center of gravity. This makes them almost impossible to tip over. They can also handle rough water better, and people standing up in the boat are not going to cause the craft to capsize. Divers and swimmers can use the sides to pull themselves up without causing the boat to rock or flip.
When using an inflatable boat, you should always take along a foot pump and a repair kit. Even though boats with independent inflatable chambers can still operate with one chamber deflated, there may be instances when you may have to patch a puncture or re-inflate the boat at some point. It is important to have the necessary tools to make minor repairs. You should also be familiar with how to make minor repairs when they are necessary.
Due to advanced technology over the past two decades, inflatable boats have become a very viable alternative for many types of boating needs. Many of these boats come with generous warranties and product guarantees. Also, getting these boats to the water is easy as they inflate and deflate very quickly and can be easily stored in the trunk of a car.
There is one other area that is much more likely to be safer when you buy an inflatable boat, that is your wallet. Inflatable boats are significantly cheaper than traditional boats, so you are much less likely to go over your budget when shopping for an inflatable boat.