- High stability with low weight -
An air-floor inflatable boat is a rubber boat with an inflatable keel. The floor consists of a multi-layer laminate with a special fabric that is 67 mm thick. The floor weighs 1950 g / m² and has a maximum strength of 3000 N / 5 cm on both sides. High air pressure of 0.8 bar gives the floor increased stability and firmness.
A high-pressure air-floored dinghy is light, quick to set up, very comfortable and easy to transport and store, because the air can be completely released and the dinghy can then be deflated and folded into a small size. Rubber dinghies with an inflatable keel have excellent sailing characteristics: when going straight, they have high stability and low drift. Our Aerotend air-floored inflatable boats have integrated trim plates in the stern. This results in an optimal glide and very good steering control, even at high speeds.
Despite high-quality material with a thickness of 0.7 mm, an air floor is more susceptible to damage than a rigid floor made of aluminium or GRP or a slatted floor. Pointed objects or animals (e.g. dogs) should not be taken on board. Even sand or small stones can represent a problem, although the floor can be repaired with patches if damaged. Compared to an inflatable boat with an aluminium bottom or rigid hull, an air-floored dinghy of the same length can usually accommodate less engine power.
Those who have little space on board or do not want to pay for a permanent berth often use either a slatted floor dinghy or an air floor. Both are easy to transport and store, as they can be folded to a small size after deflation. However, unlike air-floored inflatable boats, slatted floor boats require the slats to be stored in addition to the actual inflatable part of the boat. Air-bottomed inflatable boats can be used with more powerful motors and have a higher payload than slatted floor inflatable boats. At high speeds, air-bottomed inflatable boats can demonstrate better handling. Slatted floor inflatables are better if you want to use your boat for fishing or bring dogs on board, as they are less prone to damage.