Repair Your Inflatable Boat or Paddleboard
Inflatable craft, such as Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB), Dinghies, Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP) have become increasingly popular over the years. Being inflatable, they have many advantages over their non-inflatable cousins but they can be susceptible to air leaks and abrasive damage. Happily, they can usually be repaired with the right products and skills. That is where we at RibFix come in.
We can sell you repair products, give advice and if required carry out repairs. With over two decades of experience in the inflatable craft industry, there are very few areas we wouldn't be able to assist in. We only like to sell things we have tried, tested and use personally so we know our customers are receiving quality products.
Rigid Inflatable Boat - RIB
Rigid Inflatable Boat aka RIB is a rigid hull usually made from GRP with an inflatable top. They are fast and stable and make great rescue craft, work boats and are very popular as sports boats and pleasurecraft. The RIB in the picture is typical of those used by the RNLI around the coast of Great Britain. For more information on the rigid inflatable boat.
The 'tube' is normally made of Hypalon (the most common after 2015), PVC (the most common before 2015) or Polyurethane (quite rare). You must be sure of what material the tube is made of before contemplating any repair.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard - SUP
Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard aka SUP is an inflatable version of a regular stand up paddle board. They are easy to transport when deflated and relatively light. The higher the pressure the firmer and stiffer board will be and a thicker board is also stiffer. For more information on the stand up paddleboard.
They are normally made of PVC. But you must be sure of what material the paddle board is made of before contemplating any repair.
The ubiquitous inflatable dinghy, sometimes known as a Soft Inflatable Boat SIB has been around for years. They are the tender of choice for most yachtsmen, they are very stable on the water and can easily be deflated and stowed when not in use. Inflatable dinghies are also used for pleasure and as survival craft. For more information on the inflatable dinghy.