1. Inflatable canoes, kayaks and rafts provide more
fun-per-pound and fun-per-dollar than anything else that floats, and most
things that don’t.
2. “Inflatable canoes….are serious boats for serious
boaters,” say the serious folks at paddling.net.I have
no idea what that means, but it sounds good.
unsinkable.Well, within reason of
course.But new self-bailing,
super-buoyant, puncture-resistant, miracle-of-modern-chemistry inflatable rafts (and kayaks, and canoes) can withstand a lot of stupidity.
4.We hope that didn't sound insulting. We just mean that even if you've never floated anywhere in anything before, you'll probably be fine.
5. The great thing is, it's really a much shorter learning curve to get
the feel of paddling inflatable kayaks or canoes, compared to hard shell boats.You can probably skip the lessons in the YMCA pool and just head for the real water.Flat or
6.They're easy to transport.For lots of inflatable
enthusiasts this is the key advantage over hard shell boats.A high quality, lightweight inflatable canoe
can easily be stored in your car trunk.Or in a duffel bag.Or even a
backpack.And that opens up a world of
7. Paddling safaris (see above).Packrafting (see above). Foot pumps (essential).
8. Inflatables are amazingly versatile.You see that a lot in the promo lit, and it’s
true.Not that any one boat fits all
needs—though with a good (and relatively cheap) inflatable canoe or kayak you
can do a lot.But for practically any
boating need or niche—from family fun to expedition paddling—you’ll now find a
host of great inflatable options.
9. For example: Open shell inflatable canoes.Single and tandem inflatable kayaks.Multipurpose inflatable rafts.With seats. With sails.With
motor mounts.High performance
whitewater catarafts.Portable dive
platforms.Lightweight but rugged
fly-in fishing or hunting craft. Semi-rigid
sea kayaks.Ultralight rafts for
backpacking and trekking.All