The choice of an inflatable boat is directly related to the type of floorboard (floor), especially if you are going to purchase a motor boat. The types, features and criteria for choosing the floorboard of a PVC boat will be discussed in this article.
Floorboard this is a removable flooring that is installed on the bottom of the boat. There are several main types of floorboards. Each type of floorboard has its own advantages and disadvantages. Floorboard of the PVC boat is selected based on personal preferences, operating conditions and the type of inflatable boat. The flooring serves to improve the driving performance of the boat.
Consider different types of PVC boat floorboards used in inflatable rowing and motor boats.
This innovation appeared not so long ago and has already proven itself among amateurs of inflatable boats. From this wonderful fabric, not only the floorboard for the boat is made, but also SUP-boards, inflatable kayaks, pontoons and other products.
Air-deck inflatable floorboard is lightweight, compact, easy to assemble and dismantle. This floorboard can not be reached when folding the boat, it is enough to open the valve and bleed the air. A conditional disadvantage (when using this floorboard in a keel boat) is its lower rigidity compared to rigid plywood or aluminum floorboards. This is manifested when the boat is operated under a powerful motor in gliding mode, with sufficiently large waves.
For each model of a PVC inflatable boat, rowing or motor, flat-bottomed or keel, there is its own type of floorboard (floor), or there may be several of these types.
For example, for rowing boats KOLIBRI of the “Super Light” series, only a floorboard slatted deck (sole-carpet) is provided. At the same time, for rowing boats of the “Profi” series, it is possible to install three types of floorboards – slatted deck (sole-carpet), folding flooring (sole-book) and air-deck. The same applies to flat-bottomed motor boats of the “Standard” series.
In the keel motor boats KOLIBRI of the “Light” series, a folding flooring (sole-book) is placed.
But for keel motor boats of the “Profi” and “SL” series, a rigid floorboard (plywood or aluminum) with stringers is suitable. Keel motor boats of the “XL” series are equipped with a rigid aluminum floorboard or an air-deck floorboard.
We hope this information will help you decide on the choice of floorboard for your boat, and if you have any questions, the specialists of the KOLIBRI BMC service center will be happy to answer them. Contact details can be found on our website.