How long does a Hypalon dinghy last?

How long does a Hypalon dinghy last?

7-15 years
Hypalon (CSM) boats usually last 7-15 years, but can last as many as 20 years. Inflatable boats with extended UV ray exposure will not last as long as boats which are covered or kept indoors in a climate controlled environment.

What are Mercury Inflatables made of?

Mercury Inflatable HP boat accessories are all made of 100% HP (Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene) formulated by a US laboratory, the identical material used in the fabric of the boat. The 100% HP accessories are extremely strong against weathering, UV light and most chemical pollutants.

Is my raft Hypalon or PVC?

If you can see both sides of the material—from a tear, loose seam or by removing a valve—you should be able to tell. If the two sides of the material are different colors, it’s probably synthetic rubber. If the colors are the same, it’s likely to be PVC or urethane.

Can Hypalon be welded?

Some are simply Thermo Plastic (PVC and Urethane), and some are Thermo Set Plastics (Hypalon, and Neopreme). It is the fabric inside that adds the strength to the coated fabric, and even this is plastic. Thermo plastic coated fabrics are weldable because the coatings can be melted and fused together.

Is Hypalon the same as neoprene?

Explanations. Hypalon-neoprene and PVC are the two fabrics frequently used by semi-rigid and pneumatic manufacturers (annex type). PVC is a thermoplastic while hypalon is a synthetic rubber. These two materials have advantages and disadvantages that are important to consider in order to make a successful purchase.

Is Hypalon still manufactured?

Hypalon was discontinued by its manufacturer (DuPont) and is now sold under its slightly different formula and new name “CSM” or Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene Rubber.

How do you tell if my dinghy is PVC or Hypalon?

Hypalon is glued, with lots of material overlap, PVC has narrow overlaps and welded impressions. PVC also shows fabric print-thru because the material is thinner.

Is Hypalon still available?

Is Hypalon lighter than PVC?

PVC is a lot lighter than Hypalon. Not only that, but it is also easier to fold up. This is why PVC boats are more portable than Hypalon, it’s so easy to bring them along. You can also fold up Hypalon, however, this isn’t very good for the material.

What makes a Mercury Dinghy an inflatable boat?

All models are equipped with an inflatable keel under the floor for better performance (excluding rigid hull boats). All Mercury Inflatable Boats feature a durable FRP seat to eliminate cracking, decay and slivers. The oarlock system design has been redesigned so the oars can be fixed in a simple and secure way.

How big is the defender Hypalon inflatable boat?

Defender 430 Rigid Hull Inflat. (RIB) 14′ 1″, Comm. Gr. Gry Hypalon, 2021 458829 Defender Inflatables RIB430-Hypalon Defender RIB430 Gray 2021Length: 14′ 1″, Material: Commercial Grade Hypalon – CSM, 257 Lbs Defender 430 Rigid Hull Inflat.

Why does a Mercury sport have an inflatable keel?

Extra handles inside the tube provide a more secure grip as well as additional holding points. All models are equipped with an inflatable keel under the floor for better performance (excluding rigid hull boats).

How long is the warranty on a Mercury dinghy?

Two additional inflatable compartments (floor and keel) accompany the internal air chambers. Increased safety. Maximized functionality. Functional. Cost-effective. And backed by a five-year warranty. So whether it’s for the family on vacation or the fisherman with space constraints, you’re covered.