An Inflatable Boat for Fishing?

Can You Use an Inflatable for Fishing?

It’s one of those questions which pops up now and again. Can you actually fish from an inflatable boat?  The answer seems to be ‘you can, but choose with caution!’

Why an Inflatable?

Inflatable boats or tenders are small, lightweight boats designed to ferry passengers from a solid hulled yacht or boat to shore.  These boats are meant to be easy to use, can use a motor or oars and are lower in price than a solid hulled tender.  The fact that these small craft are easily stowable onboard a larger craft makes them very popular with pleasure boaters, especially those who don’t have the benefit of a shore-accessible berth for their main craft.

Inflatable tenders are usually of two types, fully inflatable and RIB (Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boats).  With a fully inflatable boat such as the Superlight range from 3D Tender the advantages of light weight and ‘packability’ mean that these are the perfect tender for getting to and from a moored yacht, but it is these attributes which make them a poor choice for a fishing boat!

Even in sheltered bays and close to shore, a fishing boat requires a bit of a beam in order to cut through the water, this being especially important at anchor. Fully inflatable boats usually don’t have any beam at all, which means a thin layer of material between you and the water, not a great idea when you are fishing!  Add to this the fact that you will be using very sharp hooks and knives whilst fishing, is it really a good idea to use an inflatable boat?

Think About a RIB

rib boat
If you really do want to fish from an inflatable boat then think about a RIB boat.  This has the advantage of a solid beam with strenthening, the inflatable sections of a RIB boat are just there to provide additional floatation. Larger RIBs can go at quite a speed across choppy water with ease, meaning you can get out to fish over close-in reefs and wrecks with ease – something you are never going to get to do with a fully inflatable craft.

Some RIBs utilise foam instead of air in the inflatable sections, making these craft a bit of a misnomer – this does mean however that these craft are totally safe to fish from as no chance of popping the floatation tanks with fish hooks.

Carry a Patch Kit with Pump

As with all boating, safety first should be your motto! Always carry a patch kit for your inflatable, whether fishing or not!  Most inflatables and RIBs are designed with many different air chambers, so that bursting one will not sink the entire craft. This means you can fix and re-inflate some of the better designed craft whilst out at sea.  Carrying a patch kit and pump means you can carry out repairs and re-inflate so you can get on your way again.

Know Your Ability!

Finally, remember that water is treacherous stuff! If you think you can buy an inflatable for a few pounds and then get out to deep water wrecks then you’re mistaken and will probably end up with Hypothermia or worse! so be extra careful!

From Biters to Belgians

The Saga of Liverpool’s strike force has proved to be something of an epic in recent years. After a long period of what can only be described as mediocrity, the 2013/2014 season delivered endless excitement and goals galore as the potent new attack hit the target again and again. Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling were running riot and the future looked decided red. Continue reading

Online Shopping and Niche retailers

I paid a visit to a local retail park at the weekend and was extremely frustrated to find that so many other people had decided to do the same thing that the car park was grid locked. Getting a space was a major triumph, getting out again was a serious drama. I was only there because my partner needed to pick up a car part at Halfords and I had thought I might take a wander around TK Maxx whilst he made his purchase. Never again! Continue reading

A New Season for Retailers

April brought good weather to the UK and the change in temperature didn’t just lift our spirits it also seems to have sent many of us rushing to the shops. The sunshine sparked a period of increased sales for many shops and there is more than one reason for this. Continue reading

The Football Fan’s Bedroom

As a teenager I was fortunate enough to be given two rooms in the house all to myself. My parents decorated my bedroom and created a very girly space but they let me loose on my living room. This was a decision that they promptly regretted! Rather than undertaking an elaborate paint job I decided to cover every inch of all four walls with pictures of my favourite footballers and eventually the room became something of a museum dedicated to Liverpool Football Club. Continue reading

Dressing for Action

Keeping fit is vital for your health and well-being but does require a significant investment in the appropriate clothing. Your sporting attire then has to be stored somewhere putting more pressure on your wardrobe space and then there is all that additional washing. There is no getting away from it, you can’t really decide to wear those sweaty tops for a few days before consigning them to the machine. Continue reading

How Many Sports Bras Do You Need?

I think most women find that once they have tried a sports bra they never want to be without one again. The trouble is that one is rarely enough if you lead an active lifestyle. On the other hand investing in several bras requires a significant outlay so how many sports bras do you need? Continue reading

The Golden Age of Tennis

Back in the 1970’s I was a teenager at Grammar School and a major sports fan. When the school organised a trip to watch the tennis as Wimbledon I was the first student to put my name down for a place. I don’t think that I was aware of just what a special era for the sport it was at the time but I do know that it has never been the same since, at least not for me, and that is mainly because of one player. Continue reading

10 reasons Why You Should Play Badminton

The spotlight is currently very much on the obesity epidemic and low levels of participation in sports. We have become an increasingly unfit and overweight population with an urgent need for action. The trouble is that we are all very adept at providing excuses for our inactivity, some of which are entirely legitimate. Continue reading

Walking Distance

A quick walk to the supermarket the other day really got me thinking. I was just popping over there to pick up a couple of things when I started contemplating how lucky I was to live so close to the store. Lucky, that is, apart from the constant traffic and a fairly unappealing view. Tesco Extra isn’t exactly the Grand Canyon! However, being walking distance from the supermarket does make it easy to pick up all the things you inevitably forget to buy on your weekly shop.  There I was thinking about this when I started to wonder what the phrase walking distance actually means. Continue reading