PVC inflatable boats have a number of obvious advantages over boats with a “hard” hull – lightness, compactness, mobility, safety, quick assembly, reasonable price.
We invite you to read articles on this topic already published on our website – “How to choose an inflatable boat: 6 advices”, “PVC Boats — main features, advantages and disadvantages”, “Popular models of KOLIBRI boats: we describe the features of each”.
PVC inflatable boats, having a number of the above “lightweight” and “mobile” features, must have decent technical characteristics that allow them to compete with their older counterparts, such as RIBs, rigid hull boats and large crafts.
Responsible for this are such structural elements of PVC boats as an inflatable keel, a stationary transom for mounting the motor, a hard floorboard, which gives the entire hull of the boat the necessary rigidity and retains its shape. This improves the performance of the inflatable boat, improves maneuverability, makes it possible to move in planing mode, improves safety, comfort, etc.
Consider the process of installing an aluminum floorboard for a popular model of a functional and versatile inflatable motor boat manufactured by our company – KOLIBRI KM-360 DXL. This model has a spacious cockpit, excellent seaworthiness, high stability and carrying capacity. This is the best choice for family holidays and professional use.
Aluminum floorboard with stringers – made of aluminum profile and used exclusively for keel motor boats. Parts of this floorboard are interconnected using special profiles – H-shaped and U-shaped. The floorboard for the KM-360DXL model consists of 5 sections. To give the floorboard additional rigidity, stringers are used that connect the parts of the floorboard to each other, providing a monolithic structure. This type of floorboard has the highest rigidity, which is very important for keel motor boats. The disadvantages of this floorboard include more weight and a longer installation-dismantling time relative to the folding flooring sole-book and inflatable floorboard Air-deck
For ease of installation, you can put an oar handle under the boat or pump up the keel cylinder to 1/3 of the volume.
We also recommend reading our article “How to properly inflate a PVC boat”, which describes this issue in detail.
The dismantling of the floorboard is carried out in the reverse order.
We hope this article has become useful for you in understanding how to properly install a hard floorboard on a KM-360DXL boat.
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