Sales and Prices for New Slatted Floor Dinghies
On this page you can choose and buy an inflatable boat with a slatted floor at a low price and with delivery. We offer rubber boats only from the best manufacturers and provide a warranty for each one.
The sale of boats with slatted floors is one of the services of the nautical marketplace topRik.com.
Not Sure Which Rubber Boat With Slatted Floor to Buy?
First of all, decide on the dimensions of the boat - it is a deciding factor for how many people and cargo you can fit inside it, as well as how convenient it will be to store and transport it.
Once you have decided on the length and width of the boat , you should carefully consider the choice of other parameters that affect the safety of navigation and the reliability of the dinghy.
- The material used for the slatted floor - wood or metal. Leading manufacturers of inflatable boats usually use marine plywood or aluminum - materials that do not succumb to the ravages of sea and river water: they do not rot, mold or rust.
- Material used for buoyancy chambers, bottom and inflatable keel (if present). It can be rubber, rubberized fabric, polyester or neoprene fabric with or without PVC layers on the cord. It should be noted that rubber boats have long been inferior to dinghys made of modern materials of various thicknesses, which are more resistant to mechanical stress, water, salt, ultraviolet and temperature changes, are not subject to mold and are even less attractive to rodents. In addition, the weight of modern boat fabrics is much lower than rubber, which reduces the overall weight of the boat.
- Diameter of the buoyancy chambers. The stability of the boat during waves depends on this parameter: the higher it is, the safer the navigation will be.
- Number of buoyancy chambers. The sides of an inflatable boat consist of several independent chambers. The more of them are present (including the inflatable bottom and keel), the more opportunities you have to ensure the safety of passengers in case of damage to one or more cameras.
- The presence or absence of a keel. An inflatable, plastic or metal keel improves the maneuverability of the vessel, increases the smoothness of the course and speed, cutting through the oncoming current.
- Category in the CE system. Depending on boat design category (C or D) you will be able to use it for sailing in safe or coastal waters.
You can always ask us a question by making a call or through contact form. The topRik team has extensive experience in the practical use of various boats, and each marketplace expert will give you comprehensive advice when you decide to buy a dinghy with a slatted floor.
Features of a Dinghy With a Slatted Floor
Wooden or metal flooring, which is laid over the bottom of an inflatable vessel to provide it with more rigidity, is also called payol. This part can be solid or consist of interconnected slats that are located across the hull of the boat. It is this slatted floor that is ideal as a floorboard for inflatable boats.
Slatted flooring can have different designs. In some models, the slats are held in place separately inside special bottom pockets, in others they are assembled right away into a full floor.
In the case of aluminum models, the tenon-groove connection method is used. Plywood slats are connected using tapes made of polymeric materials. Beforehand, plywood strips are wrapped in boat fabric.
Due to its design and materials used, the slatted floor in dinghies has a number of advantages.
- Ease of assembly and storage of the dinghy. When preparing the boat for storage in the inflated state, solid floorboards made of plywood or metal must be pulled out and stored separately. A slatted floor made of any material allows you to roll up the boat without pulling it out, and when preparing the boat for inflation process, it unfolds along with the bottom and sides.
- Ease of transportation. To dismantle a boat with a slatted floor, it is enough to deflate the sides and then, having rolled it up, put it in the trunk, a locker on a yacht or fix it on the roof of the vehicle.
- Sustainability. In a boat with a low-pressure inflatable bottom, it is difficult to maintain balance while standing: the low-pressure inflatable PVC coating is caving under the weight of the body - a trampoline effect occurs, which is dangerous even when just boarding the boat. Such a floor can be of particular danger to fishermen, water fowl hunters, divers and lovers of other types of water recreation that require active movement along the bottom of the boat. Slatted wooden or aluminum flooring is the optimal solution to the problem. It does not vibrate when landing and disembarking, does not sag when recoiling from a shot or when a fish pulls after the bite, and does not spring when diving.
- Increasing the useful area. The low pressure inflatable bottom does not hold its shape because it does not have sufficient rigidity. As a result, the inflatable bottom unevenly contacts the water surface, significantly reducing the useful area inside the dinghy. The slatted floor distributes the pressure on the bottom evenly, so the entire surface of the floor can be used to load or move around the vessel. Remember to load the boat in accordance with the load capacity indicated in the instructions.
- Resistance to mechanical damage. The rigid bottom made of marine plywood or aluminum is not damaged by hunting, fishing or diving equipment. Even the claws of a hunting dog will not cause dangerous damage to plywood or aluminum.
- The service life of an inflatable vessel with a slatted floor made of any material is increased many times over in comparison to models with an inflatable floor.
- The solid flooring provides excellent support for the inflatable keel - a design often found on inflatable boats. This increases the role of the keel in improving the maneuverability, as well as the speed and other seaworthiness characteristics of the boat.
The slatted floor, which also servers as the spacer for the sides, provides the necessary rigidity for the entire boat structure. The boards, if inflated to the required pressure, make it even more solid. The more rigid the design of the floating facility, the weaker the vibration of the floor due to ripples and waves will be.
Like all inventions of mankind, the slatted floor also has disadvantages. The first is a higher cost compared to models that are equipped with a low pressure floor. The second is still a more sensitive transmission of vibration from the contact of the bottom with water. The low pressure inflatable floor absorbs this vibration better.
But these flaws are outweighed by the many benefits of such approach. Therefore, it is the most common and frequently used flooring solution, which is ideal for inflatable motor and rowing boats.
TopRik marketplace offers a wide range of inflatable boats, including those with slatted floors – both marine plywood and aluminum options. There are many models with different parameters to choose from. Please contact our consultants with questions - they are experienced yachtsmen and know everything about inflatable boats. They will help you to buy a dinghy with slatted floor according to your requirements.