SUCCESS STORIES

A tough material for the toughest inflatable boat race

OVERVIEW

Our PVC-coated fabric helped an inflatable boat manufacturer win in the world’s toughest inflatable boat challenge.

800km

boat race

3

racing classes won

Race for a tough boating material

Trans Agulhas is considered the world’s most gruelling inflatable boat race. The five-day competition spans 800km of South African coastline – with more than 60 boats battling waves and wild weather. With several teams in the race, inflatable boat manufacturer Infanta Inflatables needed a fabric that could withstand extreme stress, and provide a competitive edge.

Building better boats

To build its championship boat, Infanta Inflatables chose Valmex Boat 7318 Mainstream. Especially developed for inflatable boats, the fabric combines different layers of PVC with a strong polyester base. This makes it flexible, airtight and highly resistant against damage – with a fast membrane surface. It’s also resistant to wear and abrasions, dirt, UV light, and extreme weather and temperatures.

CUSTOMER

Infanta Inflatables

DELIVERED BY


Visit Mehgies

PRODUCTS USED

Mehgies Valmex Boat 7318 Mainstream

Winning material

Infanta Inflatables used the fabric to make a pencil duck-shaped boat, 4m long and 1.95m wide. Due to the fabric’s high strength-to-weight ratio, the boat weighed just 75kg. And Infanta Inflatables went on to win three of the four racing classes.