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.
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.
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.
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