Originally made of natural wulkanizowanego modern pontoons for the civilian population is currently generally made of PVC or vinyl. Although not as resistant to puncture as rubber is vulcanized, the standard for mission search and rescue and special operations, PVC and vinyl are much more flexible and lightweight .
For example, compare a Navy seal Zodiac rubber raft assault weapon, with your usual winylowym boats for fishing in the nearby lake. The first is intended for transportation beyond the horizon, rising up, and his ability to fire one or more of eight separate air chambers and keeping yourself on the surface. This last, with an average of three or four air chambers designed in such a way as not to go completely, if accidentally punching a hole in it with the help of fish hook.
One person can haul to the shore a boat out of PVC or vinyl, complete with cover for equipment and a cooler full of fish. One person can not drag ashore 565 lbs motorized, wulkanizowanego rubber with a maximum lifting capacity of 1.4 tons, is intended for transmittance of Death across the river Styx.
In other words, the rubber vulcanized in fact can be more powerful than the PVC and vinyl together, but much harder , which completely eliminates the presence of a pontoon.
In fact, why buy dmuchaną pontoon, if from time to time you can’t get him out?
To hull and back
We talked about the benefits of PVC and vinyl for those of us that don’t run black ops in the Persian Gulf. Now let’s talk a little about the different types of packaging you may encounter, and their impact on how and where you decide to use your pontoon.
Inflatable boats have three main packages :
Flexible buildings with flexible floors for small vessels of length less than three meters provide the most compact storage of all inflatable boats. Flexible enough to empty the boat, feed her, rolled up and put in a bag for transportation, sometimes small enough to fit in a large bag such as a backpack, Mat. As a rule, they are made of the same material as the rest of the boat. Most whitewater rafts have a flexible housing, designed to bend at the request of the rocks.
Flexible housing on hard floors allow a more solid boat, and at the same time provide flexibility in the mounting waves. Floors typically consist of multiple sklejkowych or aluminum slats that prevent the compression of the boat without loss of benefits in bending the arc on the stern.
Rigid inflatable boats (RIB) have a hard shell in the shape of the letter V, which allow them to navigate in turbulent waters such as the open sea, with high manewrowości and control. RIB-s are the ideal boats, search and rescue services, because they not only can easily cut through the waves , but their inflatable shooting range will ensure that the system remains on the surface in the case when she takes on too much water during the mission.
In conclusion, do not take into account the rear floor tiles from the plywood and do not take elastic floor during a rescue mission. The rest depends on you.
Rubber ducky, you’re not alone
Anyone who has ever the spirit of the river, dętce probably won’t be surprised when he finds out that the modern pontoon started from Charles Goodweara , chemist and engineer, after which Frank Seiberling named his famous company oponiarską.
In 1838, about 2500 years after Mezoamerykanie invented-stabilized rubber for the production of balls, sports, Goodyear invented his own, more complex process for vulcanizing rubber, called vulcanization , named for the name of Vulcan, the Roman God of fire.
Over the years, thanks to its remarkable qualities , vulcanized rubber has provided us with all sorts of rubber inventions that we often take for granted, for example, Shoe soles, conveyor belts, rubber ducky and squeaky toys for dogs. But before you buy wheels on wheels brought us to the madness of their incredible capability of turning left, at the most inopportune moments, of vulcanized rubber gave the British Navy the Royal Navy its first pontoon, the system Halkett.
Designed in 1845, Lieutenant Peter Halkett Halketta system was a step from the inflatable pontoons of the Duke of Wellington. Not only that it can be carried in a backpack, but also doubles as a waterproof blanket for the researchers captured while trying to biwakowaniu on wet roads. However, despite the many features of the boats, the Admiralty recognized the system nienadającą for use in the Royal Navy, and has limited its use in exploration expeditions. Only “Titanic” sank in 1912 that all, including the Royal Navy, very seriously began to take the pontoons.
Since inflatable boats are not only standard for lifeboats, replacing the wooden fancy clunkers “Titanic”, but the standard for military rafts, giving us a Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft, the aptly-named “zodiac”, which the Hollywood filmmakers like their films about the war.
Best of all, now you can have one. Don’t need to use it for the invasion of exotic lands if you don’t want.