How do you figure it out? Boat makers use two general types of coated materials: synthetic rubber, such as NRS’s Pennel Orca® (Hypalon® or neoprene), or plastic polymers (PVC or urethane) in their inflatables.
How do I know if my raft is PVC or Hypalon?
The method of attaching PVC pieces is different from Hypalon. PVC seams can be glued or heat welded, while Hypalon seams can only be glued. If you see a heat welded seam, you know it is PVC. Most PVC boats have heat welded (thermo-bonded) seams, as they basically last forever.
What is the strongest inflatable material?
The Hypalon-coated fabric with polyester, nylon or neoprene interior is known as the most reliable and durable inflatable boat fabric, so many inflatable boat materials choose Hypalon as an exterior coating because Hypalon will last the longest out of any other inflatable boat material.
Why was Hypalon discontinued?
The environmental pressures, high manufacturing costs, hazardous nature of manufacturing the product, as well as commercial pressures all probably contributed to DuPont’s decision to discontinue the production of their Hypalon products.