How to choose the right inflatable boat

Similar to choosing any boat, it is important to understand how the consumer uses it. While they do have a variety of sail, pontoon, console and other configurations, most people are usually looking for very basic uses.

  • Fishing – Salt or freshwater, these are quite affordable. Just be sure to consider how many people you take with you and how large it needs to be for the type of environment. in other words, be sure it is large enough to be able to handle the waves in your area – not so much a concern for small ponds, but large lakes and the ocean can make a big difference.
  • A Dinghy – If you keep your boat moored, you will always be in need of a transport back and forth to shore. These watercraft are a durable solution and are easy to load and take with you on your boat.
  • Recreation – Sometimes you just want to be on the water and want something simple. Some are small enough to be deflated and carried in your car if you choose.

Inflatable Boats for Sale

The average cost of buying an inflatable boat can be anywhere from $200-$3,000. There are of course some that go much higher. You will find lots of reviews on these boats right on Amazon.

Swordfish 10.8′ – This boat is portable and can be disassembled in about ten minutes. Great for salt water or fresh. The rear pontoons are extended allowing more rear buoyancy and intended for a larger motor.

Swordfish 10.8 Model SB-330A
9 ft VISUTI Inflatable Dinghy Boat

9′ VISUTI Inflatable Dinghy Boat – This versatile boat can be used as a row boat or with a small motor. Up to 4 people at a time can ride in this craft and is very affordable.

11.8′ Zodiac aluminum bottom Inflatable Tender Boat – The solid bottom provides for a more sturdy structure and a solid footing.


What is a rigid inflatable boat?

An alternative to hard body boats like fiberglass, metal and wood. Inflatable boats are puncture resistant and often made from flexible materials such as PVC or synthetic rubbers such as neoprene and Hypalon. Usually filled with air or other inert gasses, they are intended to be heavy duty and light. While in the water they are very maneuverable, on land they are easy to transport and can take up less room to store compared to comparable boats their size.

Not exactly the best video below, but it does showcase that these boats are tougher than some may think. They are not easily penetrated but like any boat, they can be penetrated. Inflatable boats are often easily repairable though with simple patches.

The Difference of Regular Body Boats vs. Inflatable Boats

The rigidity of regular boats cannot be ignored. Small boats are not ideal in rough water, no matter they type. But if you are consistenely going to deal with these conditions, then you want something that can handle more waves. Also, because they cut into the water due to their shape and weight, you can maneuver a bit better as well.

Advantages are portability and storage

Since the bulk of the structure can be deflated, it i obvious that it will take up less room compared to standard boats and because of this, they do not have to take up room in your yard or garage floor space. While many do store them this way, it is not always necessary and nice to have the option.

Comparative in size to other boats, these boats will usually be lighter and because of this, they make for very easy transport via trailer or even deflated and put into the trunk of your car.