Pontoon Bladders ?

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by skyrise, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. skyrise Active Member

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    Looking at pontoon boats. some have Vinyl bladders, some Urethane bladders.
    is it worth the cost for Urethane ?
    thanks.
  2. Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Yes, it is worth the cost for urethane IMHO. They are more durable, more puncture-resistant and lighter. Go for welded vs sewn covers and you will have a boat that lasts many, many years and is easily repaired in field should you have an accident.
    Bill Aubrey and Ed Call like this.
  3. Bill Aubrey Active Member

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    Sue nailed it. Perfectly.
  4. skyrise Active Member

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    thanks very much.
    got to save a few more penny's.
  5. PETI Member

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    Late in but I'll second the previous. I've seen vinyl seams split too often. Even had a column for years that I would post on why it was an unsuitable material for bladders and downright dangerous. Get the best you can afford, your life could depend on it.
  6. Blue Active Member

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    My answer, go with the best you can afford. I have to ask, how often you plan on using it? This is a big determining factor to me.
    I agree with Vinyl being the better of the two. It is more durable, not as effected by temp and altitude, plus able to hold more air meaning higher weight capacity. But if you are only going to use it maybe once a month or so, Vinyl will work. I know many guys that have the Creek Co. and the Trout Unlimited and have had for a few years with no issue.
    You want fins and a vest/pfd too. I agree with the outer cover being the best you can get. PVC coated and good seams.
    Think of it like a hot dog. If that outer cover splits the bladder will balloon.
  7. BDD Active Member

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    Skyrise,

    I agree with most above that urethane bladders are substantially better than vinyl, which is pretty easy to believe after comparing the prices of each. However, you may want to consider going with bladderless pontoons as well. All the high quality pontoon manufactures that deal with whitewater conditions use bladderless products with the exception of Aire. If you insist on going that direction, I'd go with Aire.
  8. Blue Active Member

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    Typo here, I meant to say Urethane better. I also agree totally on Bladderless. No Zippers and again, that outer coating is the tuffest. It does come at a cost, but there all deals
  9. Bill Aubrey Active Member

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    Ditto the bladderless. Every time.