Aluminum or PCV boat: what to choose?

Aluminum or PCV boat: what to choose? ||  Choosing between an inflatable PVC and an aluminum boat, you need to understand where and what purposes you plan to use it for, how you will transport and store it.

Let’s look at the pros, cons, features of boats made of these materials and think about choosing the best one.

PVC inflatable boat: key points

Polyvinyl chloride is a modern material, and it has a lot of advantages in the manufacture of inflatable boats, namely:

·         Durability, lightness, and good resistance to ultraviolet rays.

·         Nice price.

·         Easy assembly/disassembly, transportation, and storage.


Aluminum or PCV boat: what to choose?
Aluminum or PCV boat: what to choose?


This is a powerful argument for buying a PVC inflatable boat. Now it’s worth to familiarize yourself with some of the details of the PVC vessel:

1. Bottom. In PVC inflatable boats, the bottom can be flat or with an inflatable keel.

2. Bottom flooring.

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3. Air compartments of cylinders. The modern PVC inflatable boat has several tanks for safety on the water.

4. Transom. Depending on the type of boat, the transom may be built-in, mounted, or completely absent.

5. Capacity. This parameter depends on the type and model of the boat.

6. Carrying capacity. This indicator determines the maximum permissible load on the craft so that its use is as safe as possible.

7. Types of seats.

8. The maximum pressure in the cylinders. For each particular boat, the recommended pressure level in the cylinder is set.

9. Additional equipment. Regardless of whether you have a rowing boat or a motorboat, when you enter the water, in addition to oars, you may need a lot of additional equipment.

So, to summarize. PVC inflatable boats are convenient to transport, they are easy to fold and unfold, easily fit into a special storage bag and take up little space when assembled. Even if one section of the boat is damaged, the others will remain intact and so the vessel will be able to stay afloat. In the event of accidental minor damage to the boat, it is easy to repair.

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Aluminum boats: features and advantages

Aluminum boats are appreciated for their relatively lightweight and good payload. A vessel made of aluminum is more popular among solid hull boats. Usually, aluminum boats are cheaper than those made of other alloys. There are pros and cons of aluminum vessels.

Let’s start with the pros of aluminum boats:

·         do not require assembly before going to the water, which saves time;

·         a hard bottom that is not afraid of accidental hits on stones;

·         lightweight, which saves on fuel for the motor;

·         aluminum boats hold well on water due to the low density of the metal;

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·         if the hull of the vessel made of aluminum contains special chambers, the craft will not go to the bottom even with significant flooding;

·         the aluminum case is not so easy to damage with sharp objects, and therefore it can be approached without fear even at the rocky shore.

The disadvantages of aluminum vessels are:

·         they are not disassembled for transportation;

·        it is necessary to have a spacious room  for storage;

·         to transport an aluminum boat, you must have either a trailer or a roof rack for the car;

·         aluminum boats can be corroded due to improper care;

·         it is impossible to repair damage in an aluminum vessel, for this, you will have to seek help from specialists.

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