ALL INFLATABLE BOATS AVAILABLE IN NEW ZEALAND ARE MADE FROM EITHER HYPALON OR PVC
BOTH HAVE THEIR MERITS AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ON SUCH.
A nylon or polyester textile bonded with Hypalon and neoprene - both synthetic rubbers (Elastomers). Hypalon is widely acknowledged as superior in inflatable boat manufacturing giving remarkably long life, resistance to staining, marking, petrol and marine pollution, immense resistance against ultra-violet degradation and excellent abrasion resistance. Hypalon is predicted to last well over 30 years.
Further advantages over PVC:
* Hypalon can be folded for long periods without fabric damage
* Hypalon can be cleaned with common cleaners - soaps, detergents or even solvents.
* Hypalon is calendered and vulcanised onto the fabric backing. Thus delamination is avoided.
* Hypalon is bonded with contact adhesive to make consistently reliable, joint/seams that IMPROVE with age
* Hypalon expands and flexes with heat, shock and impact. Temp range -30C to 150C.
* Hypalon can easily be repaired as the fabric ages
A nylon or polyester textile coated with a plastic coating. PVC (Plastomer) is made flexible by the addition of plasticisers or oils. The degradation of the fabric starts immediately as these additives dry out. PVC progressively reverts to a dry brittle form with it's life unlikely to exceed 10 years. PVC is affected by petroleums and becomes harder to repair as fabric deteriorate. PVC boats can be a reasonable, economic choice for short-term use but care must be taken in areas of use and storage.
HYPOPOLYMER is not a Hypalon, Hypalon equivalent or a new fabric. The word Hypopolymer appears to mislead users into thinking the fabric is Hypalon rather than the PVC that it actually is.