August 01, 2006
Tough As Nails - River Rafts
In all my years on RIBs I have never been on a white water rafting raft – that is until this past weekend. If anyone knows about the resiliency and durability of inflatable tubes (Hypalon and Polyurethane) it’s me – but I was amazed to see what the tubes of a white water raft go through – truly unbelievable!
We used rafts made of both Hypalon and Polyurethane on our trip. Just to launch our rafts - we dragged them over sharp medal racks and jagged rocks. I found myself wincing and wanting to lift the tubes as we slid them along the granite outcroppings. But our guide, who has been doing this for years, had not a worry on her face. As we made our way down the rapids – the abuse continued but the tubes were up to the challenge (though many of us were not).
At the end of our 4 hour trip of punching through breaking waves and ricocheting off bolders, I was thrilled, and I must admit amazed, to see that as we hauled the boats out the tubes showed virtually no signs of wear and tear.
Though I’ve always known how durable RIBs are – it was nice to see an example of just how rugged and durable the tubes really are.
Posted by ribcraftusa at August 1, 2006 07:05 AMBack To Index