In researching our inflatable boats we had a huge selection to go through before deciding on which boat we wanted to import and sell under the Oceans Brand.

Part of that research involved looking at the technology that goes into making a inflatable boat.

The manufacturers spend a great deal of money in the continuous improvement of the reliability and performance of the materials used in the construction plus the techniques available globally to improve. The most noticeable change in the last few years has been the move from  Hypalon to PVC Coated Fabric

Reinforced PVC coated fabric (PVC) now is considered to be the strongest and most reliable substrate to manufacture an inflatable boat with

This gives a thickness of  (0.9mm, 1.2mm & 1.5mm thickness PVC, 1100 Denier). The substrate is  airtight and extremely robust and has undergone rigorous tests  to ensure it is a strong as we can make it
Four Layers Seam

Boats are Hand Sealed at the seams and although this is expensive to do the end result is outstanding. All seams are reinforced with seam tape both outside and inside for extra added protection and security for the owner.

Our Testing

Each boat is tested before export and the following criteria is evaluated.

1.The air tightness

2. Tear Resistance

3. Welds

For the ultimate reliability and quality you can not go past a Oceans Inflatable for New Zealand weather conditions.

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    • lindsay
    • March 20, 2014

    Hi Jeff,

    The only real advantage of hypalon is that it is more durable in the sun over time. Denver polyester or PVC is used well ahead of hypalon because of cost,strength and reliability holding air in the chambers.Hypalon which by the way is just a trademark for Du pont is an older technolgy and actually lets air through it more readily so does have its draw backs.See below some pro and cons to consider. Hypalons 50% extra cost and less air holding ability from day one doesnt make using it viable is today market unless you are a commercial fisher.Our boats have been sent up to the islands and cope very well in sunlight and we have not had any problems. Its all about looking after your boat and taking care of it. If you leave any item in the sun for extented periods it will lessen its life and this include hypalon.

    Thanks for your question.PVC Fabric Vs. Hypalon.

    Pro: significantly less expensive then Hypalon.
    Con: won’t last as long in the direct sunlight as Hypalon. (if left unprotected).

    Pro: will last significantly longer than PVC when exposed to prolonged periods of direct sunlight.
    Con: significantly more expensive then PVC.
    Con: looses air over time due to its structure.

    There is no doubt that PVC fabric won’t last as long as Hypalon fabric if the boat is subjected to prolonged periods of direct sunlight and no measures have been taken to protect the PVC fabric from the sun (i.e. boat cover or UV spray). After a number of years in direct sunlight the PVC fabric can become sticky. After that it can also become discolored.

    When not in use, it is highly recommended to store PVC inflatable products in a well ventilated, shaded area. Humidity and heat are killers for PVC glue used in the assembly of inflatable boats. Do NOT store PVC inflatables in closed containers, boxes or storage areas with no ventilation and under direct sunlight. Humidity will accumulate in tightly closed storage areas and will weaken the chemical bond of PVC glue once significant heat is present.

    Here are some things to consider:

    1) PVC is not a problem unless your boat is going to be outside and unprotected all summer, every year. If you only use the boat occasionally such as on weekends or while on vacation then it isn’t a factor at all. Even if you leave your boat outside all the time the issue can be solved by putting a sun/rain cover on your boat when it isn’t in use or by applying a UV protective spray periodically. If you are willing to take the necessary steps required to protect your PVC boat then you can take advantage of the significantly more attractive pricing points that we are able to offer with our PVC boats. Regular usage of boat cover will significantly improve life expectancy of your boat.

    2) Hypalon inflatable boats are significantly more expensive. On average a Hypalon inflatable boat will cost you 50 to 75 percent more than a PVC inflatable boat that is comparable in size and equipment options. However, if the intended use for your boat will involve very long periods of exposure to sunshine and if you are not inclined to cover or protect the boat when it isn’t in use then perhaps the added expense associated with a Hypalon boat will make practical sense for you. If you are planning to leave your uncovered dinghy on a dock or in a water 365 days/year for several years, then Hypalon is for you.



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