Inflatable canoes are canoes that can be inflated and deflated for easy storage and transport. Their walls and bows are made up of inflatable tubes, while the floor can be made of flexible material or rigid fiberglass. Inflatable canoes are ideal for beginners, because they are very stable and do not sink easily.
Types of Inflatable Canoes
Kinds of Inflatable Canoes include the following:
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
PVC inflatable canoes are made from a hard plastic-based material, the same material use for piping and electric wires. They are very durable and waterproof, which makes them ideal for fishing.
Rubber inflatable canoes are heavier but more flexible than PVC canoes. A commonly used type is Hypalon, a synthetic rubber known for its resistance to extreme temperatures, chemical damage, and ultraviolet light.
Choosing Inflatable Canoes (Buying tips)
Stability: Choose an inflatable canoe that will not wobble or tip over despite strong winds, waves, or uneven weight. Look for one with a rigid floor and sturdy frame.
Size and weight: Choose an inflatable canoe that is small and light enough to carry around. If you will be carrying the canoe in your car, look for one that can be folded or deflated to a reasonable size for strapping onto the roof.