Rafts are flat buoyant structures traditionally made of wood, designed for floating in the water. For calming waters, people tend to gravitate towards inflatable rafts due to their cheap prices and lightweight. They’re characterized for not having engines, so cruising with them is certainly a workout.
Pro: Inflatable rafts are very convenient for fishing in calming waters. It’s lightweight and it’s easy to sneak up on fish due to the little noise you’ll be making. So you have several options for fishing.
Con: Inflatable rafts can only hold one person comfortably and doesn’t really carry that much gear without compromising stability. You can counteract this unstableness by getting a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that fits the length you need. The rigid hull gives you better stability and more capacity for your fishing gear.
Pro: With their lightweight, you can go anywhere. An inflatable raft can get you directly to the water, without the need of a boat ramp. You know how annoying it is to wait your turn in busy boat ramps. So this is a great choice to save yourself some time.
Con: While lightweight is a good feature to have, without a rigid hull you sacrifice stability and the ability to cruise in a straight line.
Pro: This is perhaps the most attractive feature you can find with inflatable rafts. They’re super cheap! The prices vary according to the brand, style, size, and material. But overall, they tend to be quite affordable and usually under 300$. It’s a great option for people who like to go into the water casually and recreationally, without committing to greater investments.
Con: Cheaper doesn’t always mean better. You would have to take into consideration many factors, mainly how often are you planning on using it? If you’d like to have a small inflatable boat that can last way more than just a couple of years, then we highly recommend you consider a rigid inflatable boat. At BRIG USA, we offer a wide variety of small RIBs that cover most needs. Our materials are long-lasting, UV resistant and stable. It certainly is a bigger investment, however, it’s truly worth it.
Ultimately, it’s important to be very informed of the product before you make any purchase. We encourage you to do your homework, check out your options and truly consider what really works for you. At BRIG USA, you have the advantage of having many options to choose from. Ranging from all prices, sizes, colors, and designs.