Aluminum or Fiberglass Hull?

When customers are looking for a new AB Inflatables, one of the usual questions is: should it have an Aluminum or Fiberglass Hull?  There’s no right or wrong answer, it depends on the needs, circumstances, use and tastes of each customer.  Here some key facts of each, which could help answer this question:

 

Aluminum Hull Facts

 

– Toughness: The aluminum hulls are more resistant to impacts in certain conditions.  (Rocky shores and shallow waters).  In case of an impact, the hull might suffer a scratch or bend, but will not fracture.

– Weight: Their low weight demands less power, which results in fuel economy.  It is important also to remark that users can lift larger tenders with their davits.

– Handling: These are easier to carry and dock.

– Customization: A consumer can design further details and different layouts with the boat builder, due to the fact that molds are not used in its construction process.

-Maintenance: Aluminum requires very little maintenance other than keeping the salt off to protect the hull from corrosion.

– Global Care: The recyclable property of the aluminum and the nature of its manufacturing process, make it more environmentally friendly.

– Safety: An aluminum hull has a higher melting point than other type of boat building structures. Therefore, it make slower the fire expansion and becomes safer under a fire situation.

 

Fiberglass Hull Facts

 

– Aesthetics: A fiberglass hull tender has a molded and sleeker finish.

– Repairs: Fiberglass hulls are easier and cheaper to repair when minor accidents occur.  It is also easier to find fiberglass technicians almost everywhere.

– Under Deck Ample Space: Fiberglass console ribs have more under deck space on the smaller sizes (Up to 15ft).  These can offer a higher under deck fuel tank capacity and/or more ample space for storage, among other benefits.

– Quite ride: These boats produce less noise under operation.

Choose your boat:

Leisure Line: http://abinflatables.com/leisure/

Professional Line: http://abinflatables.com/professional/

 

Sydney International Boat Show – Australia

Sydney International Boat Show

 

The team from Marina Bayside with the support of Ribforce Inflatables, are looking forward to see you at the Sydney International Boat Show in Australia.  The great line up of AB Inflatables boats that they will be exhibiting, can’t be missed.  The show have returned to the Darling Harbour for its 50th Anniversary, so we hope to see you all around at Booth 401.

 

Exhibiting during the show, our following Lines & Models:

 

Nautilus DLX line: Fiberglass Luxury Console inflatable boats.  See more here.

Models exhibited: 13 & 17 DLX.

 

Mares VSX Line: Fiberglass console rigid inflatable boatsSee more here.

Models exhibited: 10 VSX.

 

Oceanus VST line: Fiberglass Sport Console rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 11 VST.

 

Alumina ALX Line:  Aluminum Console inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 16 ALX.

 

Lammina AL Line:  Aluminum open rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 8 AL, 9.5 AL & 11 AL.

 

Lammina UL Line:  Ultra-Light Aluminum open rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 7.5 UL & 10 UL.

 

Navigo VS Line: Fiberglass open rigid inflatable boats with Bow LockerSee more.

Models exhibited: 12 VS.

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 WHEN: Aug 3 – 7, 2017

 

HOURS:

Halls: 10 am – 8pm

Marina: 10 am – 7pm

 

WHERE:  Sydney – Darling Harbour

 

LOCATION: Booth 401.

 

Interested in schedule a meeting with our team during the show? Contact us here

 

 

AB aluminum coating system: Chrome-free pretreatment & powder coating

AB aluminum inflatable boats feature a Chrome-free Pretreatment before powder coating that provides the following advantages:

  • Superior anti-corrosive resistance: All AB aluminum inflatable boats are made with the best marine grade aluminum which provides protection against corrosion. However, if your preference is to have your aluminum dinghy powder coated, our chrome-free pretreatment also provides additional anti-corrosive resistance to your aluminum boat.

 

  • Superior Adherence: When the chrome-free pretreatment is applied to each of the aluminum hulls, this technology helps to increase the adherence of the coating to the aluminum hull once is applied.

See more about our Powder Coating process here: AB Aluminum Hull Division,

 

Quality tests according to American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)

 

  • Adherence test (ASTM D2794-93)
  • Analytical capability test (ASTM D522/D522M-13)
  • Accelerated corrosion test (Salt spray Camera)

 

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show – Australia

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

 

As every year, AB Inflatables will be waiting for your visit at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia with our friends of RIBFORCE INFLATABLES.

 

Exhibiting during the show, our following Lines & Models:

 

Nautilus DLX line: Fiberglass Luxury Console inflatable boats.. See more here.

Models exhibited: 12 DLX & 17 DLX.

 

Mares VSX Line: Fiberglass console rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 10 VSX.

 

Oceanus VST line: Fiberglass Sport Console rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 11 VST,  New 21 VST Open & 28 VST with New Console.

 

Alumina ALX Line:  Aluminum Console inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 9.5 ALX, 13 ALX & 18 ALX.

 

Lammina AL Line:  Aluminum open rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 8 AL, 9 AL, 9.5 AL, 10 AL, 11 AL & 14 AL.

 

Lammina UL Line:  Ultra-Light Aluminum open rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

Models exhibited: 7.5 UL, 8 UL, 9 UL & 10 UL.

 

Ventus VL Line: Light-weight fiberglass open rigid inflatable boats. See more.

Models exhibited: 9 VL, 10 VL & 12 VL.

 

Ventus VS Line: Fiberglass open rigid inflatable boats with Bow Locker. See more.

Models exhibited: 9 VS, 10 VS & 13 VS.

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 WHEN: May 25 – 28, 2017

 

HOURS: 9 am – 5pm

 

WHERE:  Sanctuary Cove

 

LOCATION: The Parkway

 

Interested in schedule a meeting with our team during the show? Contact us here

 

XPO OUTDOORS 2017 – VERACRUZ, MÉXICO

XPO OUTDOORS 2017 – VERACRUZ, MÉXICO

 

AB Inflatables is delighted to debut at the XPO OUTDOORS with our Partners Gulf Marine Mexico.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover our open inflatable boats (dinghies) to see why AB is the best choice as your primary boat or tender.

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WHEN: March 18th – March 19th / 2.017

 

WHERE:  

World Trade Center Veracruz

Blvb. Adolfo Ruiz Cortines No. 3497

Col. Ylang-Ylang C.P. 94298

Boca del Río, Veracruz

 

Interested in schedule a meeting with our team during the show? Contact us here

 

Caribbean International Boat Show 2017 – Puerto Rico

AB Inflatables is delighted to be at the Caribbean International Boat Show – Puerto Rico 2017 with our Partners Boats R Us.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover our open inflatable boats (dinghies) to see why AB is the best choice as your primary boat or tender.

 

Among the lines that you will able to see during the Boat Show are:

 

Navigo VS line: Fiberglass open inflatable boats. See more here.

 

Lammina AL Line:  Aluminum open inflatable boats. See more here.

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WHEN: March 17th – March 19th / 2.017

 

HOURS

Friday, March 17th, 11:00am–8:00pm
Saturday, March 18, 10:00am–7:00pm
Sunday, March 19th, 10:00am–6:00pm

 

WHERE:  

Puerto Del Rey Marina

Road No. 3, KM 51.4

Fajardo, PR 00738

 

Interested in schedule a meeting with our team during the show? Contact us here

 

PALM BEACH BOAT SHOW 2017

PALM BEACH BOAT SHOW 2017

 

As every year, AB Inflatables will be waiting for your visit at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

 

For this year, we will have a wide selection of aluminum dinghies as well as sport console inflatable boats.

 

Nautilus DLX line: Fiberglass Luxury Console inflatable boats.. See more here.

 

Mares VSX Line: Light-weight fiberglass console rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

 

Oceanus VST line: Fiberglass Sport Console rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

 

Lammina AL Line:  Aluminum open rigid inflatable boats. See more here.

 

Ventus VL Line: Light-weight fiberglass open rigid inflatable boats. See more.

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WHEN: March 23 – 26, 2017

 

HOURS:
Thurs. Mar 23, 12 Noon – 7pm
Fri. Mar 24, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Mar 25, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Mar 26, 10am – 6pm

 

WHERE:  Evernia St. & Flagler Dr. (Waterfront) – North Clematis St. & Flagler

BOOTH: Land 748

 

Interested in schedule a meeting with our team during the show? Contact us here

 

 

BOAT SHOW PALMA

AB Inflatables is prepared for a great show in Spain.  We will be waiting for your visit at the Palma Boat Show & Palma Super Yacht Show with our Partners from Yacht Center Palma.

 

Palma Boat Show: Stand A36

 

Palma Super Yacht Show: Stand SY30.

 

For this year, we will have a wide selection of open inflatable boats (dinghies) as well as sport console inflatable boats.

 

Among the lines that you will able to see during the Boat Show are:

 

Oceanus VST line: Fiberglass sport console inflatable boats. See more here.

Nautilus DLX:  Fiberglass Luxury Console inflatable boats. See more here.

Alumina ALX Line:  Aluminum console inflatable boats. See more here.

Lammina AL Line:  Aluminum open inflatable boats. See more here.

Lammina UL Line:  Aluminum open inflatable boats. See more here.

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WHEN: April 28th – May 2nd / 2.017

 

HOURS: 10:30:00 – 20:00

 

WHERE:  

 

Interested in schedule a meeting with our team during the show? Contact us here

Argentina Boat Show

AB Inflatables has arrived to Argentina. We will be waiting for your visit at the 21st Salón Náutico Argentino with the new Partner in Argentina: Hardcraft S.A.

For this year, we will have a wide selection of open inflatable boats (dinghies) as well as sport console inflatable boats. Among the lines that you will able to see during the Boat Show are:

 

Oceanus VST line: Fiberglass sport console inflatable boats. See more here.

Navigo VS Line:  Open fiberglass inflatable boats. See more here.

Lammina AL Line:  Aluminum open inflatable boats. See more here.

 

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WHEN: March 31st – April 9th / 2.017

HOURS: Monday to Thursday: 15:00 – 20:00

                Friday, Saturday &Sunday: 13:00 – 21:00

WHERE:  Escalada y Almirante Martín Parque Náutico San Fernando (Altura Av.Libertador 2600)

Interested in schedule a meeting with our team during the show? Contact us here

 

Top 3 things to check before buying an aluminum RIB

When buying a new aluminum rigid inflatable boat as a primary boat or yacht tender, it is important to take into consideration many variables in order to acquire the most reliable and durable inflatable boat. However, we are going to make your decision easier by naming the top three (3) variables:

 

Aluminum Weldings: Always make sure to check the welding seams on the aluminum boat. Cleaner welding seams mean more reliable construction and durability.

 

Additionally, check that the lifting/towing eyes of the boat are welded vertically to avoid bends when lifting.

 

It is highly recommended that transom knees have a back plate welded reinforcement and not welded directly to the transom and deck, so the reinforcements receive all the stress placed by the knees. See more about the AB construction of the aluminum boats here: Lammina AL

 

Aluminum Sheet:  Don’t forget to ask before buying an aluminum rigid inflatable if the boat was made with marine grade aluminum and its thickness. As the dinghy will be used in water, the marine grade aluminum has different characteristics over conventional aluminum.

 

Materials & Accessories: Take your time to examine who are the providers and what kinds of materials are installed on the aluminum inflatable boat that you are buying. Well-known providers means more credibility, reliability and quality on the brand you are interested.

 

You can see more information about the materials that AB Inflatables use in the Why AB? Section