Originally Posted by Ndavies
Thanks! I am trying to get my wife motivated to give it a shot. I am surprised that there does not seem to be someone out there that makes them. it may be a business idea!
With the wide array of inflatable
brands and sizes available, there is no way that would be a profitable venture for what amounts to a very time consuming, custom fabrication...
It can be a pretty involved job. I'd suggest using Stamoid for the material instead of Sunbrella, with all the cutouts and whatnot required, the fact that Stamoid doesn't need to be hemmed will save a huge amount of work... In addition, Stamoid will be far more durable, particularly in its resistance to abrasion. Also, it will not tend to 'hold' dried salt
crystals as much as Sunbrella does, which if not attended to an given a fresh water
rinse regularly, can amount to a significant degree of abrasion of the hypalon fabric
. Finally, chaps from Stamoid will stow in a more compact package when removed from the dinghy than ones from Sunbrella...