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Friday, May 11, 2018

A 12-foot boat that folds. A paddleboard in a backpack. A kayak that blows up like a balloon. These folding and inflatable vessels are attracting attention as the Inflate-A-Fleet that is the centerpiece of the 2018 New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign. “These unique floating vessels are considered boats

tags: Inflatable Boats

Monday, April 23, 2018

A few years ago, the father of Ohio resident and marine business owner Bert Ammerman purchased a rigid-hull inflatable boat from Brig Boats. While not a well-known brand in the United States, Brig was Europe’s largest manufacturer of recreational RIBs and the world’s largest manufacturer of RIB’s longer than 10

tags: Company Expansions, Inflatable Boats, Lake Erie

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Inflatable boats have come a long way from the early part of the 20th century where they evolved from the airship industry. RFD in England and Zodiac in France began to see the usefulness of the rubber-coated materials that were used in constructing their hydrogen airships. In 1919, RFD began to develop a line of lifesaving rafts that

tags: Inflatable Boats, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Service & Repair

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BRIG, the world’s largest manufacturer of rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) is making waves in the US. Now, dealers have the opportunity to come on board and share in the success of the global behemoth in the RIB market. The top selling RIB brand in Europe, acclaimed for its aerospace pedigree, innovation and commitment to R&D

tags: Inflatable Boats