Select Page

In this article, inflatable paddle board expert Jason Paul gives the top 5 reasons why an inflatable SUP should be your next yacht accessory purchase.

 

While a crisp new Bimini top or the latest GoPro camera may be a few of the more popular yacht accessories, there’s one noteworthy item that often gets overlooked — an inflatable stand up paddle board or iSUP.

 

Reason #1: iSUPs are Perfect for Off-Boat Exploration

While it’s true that your boat can take you just about anywhere across the Seven Seas, sometimes you just want to explore those nooks and crannies that bigger vessels can’t reach. Whether it’s gliding through shallow waters or in between mangrove canals, an inflatable stand up paddle board will open up a whole new world of mobility and freedom.

Additionally, it’ll offer you a more hands-on sense of adventure while burning a few extra calories  — neither of which can hurt.

The thrill of venturing across the ocean with nothing but the power of your arms is reason enough to consider owning a SUP. Others, however, appreciate the Zen-like “flow state” induced by gently paddling over water.

In either case, inflatable SUPs can add an extra layer of fun and excitement to your boating life.

Reason #2: They’re a Great Alternative to Dinghies

For all their uses, dinghies are often bulky, difficult to store, and heavy. An inflatable SUP can offer you many of the same functions in a much more convenient package.

If you’re anchored out at sea with some fellow boat owners, let your SUP be the perfect water taxi to transfer people, pets, and items. No matter what the occasion is, you’ll enjoy the convenience of not being bogged down by an excessively-large tender.

Even in the event of an emergency situation, a paddle board can help you travel long distances safely and efficiently — just be sure to choose a board that is well-constructed and extremely stable in the water (the new BLACKFIN Model X board is one such option).

Reason #3: Inflatable Paddle Boards are Compact and Portable

Nothing is easier to store and transport than an inflatable paddle board. Once deflated, an iSUP can simply be rolled up and conveniently stored in a large backpack — they offer the versatility and functionality of a rigid board without taking up precious storage space on your yacht.

Reason #4: An Inflatable SUP won’t Damage Your Yacht

Few things are more frustrating than a dent or scratch on your boat’s precious surface.

Just about every object you bring onboard poses a risk — just waiting for that sharp turn or choppy wave to send it flying into the floor or side panel.

Fortunately, this is a problem that you’ll never have to worry about with an inflatable SUP. With their tough yet forgiving PVC exterior, inflatable paddle boards are a much safer alternative to rigid boards — which have been known to cause some serious damage.

Reason #5: Inflatable SUPs are fun for The Whole Family… and Friends!

What’s a day out on the water without good music, food, and your closest family and friends? Inflatable paddle boards are a great way to take your fun on the water to the next level.

Whether you’re racing each other, cruising around, or exploring nearby areas, inflatable SUPs are a versatile platform that all ages enjoy.

Final Thoughts

Inflatable SUP boards have exploded in popularity over the past few years because of their extreme portability, ease of use, and overall fun factor. Tossing one on your boat before heading out onto the water can definitely add a whole new layer of excitement to the day — but in closing, we want to remind you to keep things safe by following these simple safety guidelines:

  • Always Wear a Leash: This prevents you and your board from ever becoming separated.
  • Wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Life jackets and inflatable belt packs save lives — wear one.
  • Be Aware of Conditions & Weather Forecasts: Be cautious of your environment, and watch out for potential storms and rip currents.
  • Paddle With a Partner: The buddy system is always the safest system.
  • Familiarize Yourself with Basic First Aid Practices: With a basic understanding of first aid practices, you will be better prepared to deal with common medical emergencies.

Our thanks to Jason Paul for contributing this article. Jason is editor of InflatableBoarder.com

 

Galvanic and electrolytic corrosion

Galvanic corrosion is an electrochemical reaction between two or more different metals, in the presence of an electrolyte (note salt water is a good electrolyte).

Antifouling for leisure boats – Part 1

Boats that are kept afloat can very quickly become a home for small marine organisms such as barnacles, weed and slime. Applying an antifouling paint to your hull is necessary to protect it from these micro-organisms, as a fouled hull can cause problems and will slow down a boat’s maximum speed considerably if left unchecked.

You Need To Understand The IRPCS ColRegs To Pass Your Yachtmaster, Master of Yachts and Coxswain Certificate of Competence

IRPCS ColRegs Rules of the Road at Sea and Yachtmaster Learning, understanding and remembering the International Regulations...

Essential Knots: Bowline

Essential Knots: Bowline Use: Making a secure eye or loop in the end of a rope. Bowlines have many uses on a boat, for example to make a...

Boat Engine Failure – what to check

Engine failure If your engine fails or is overheating there are a number of things to check immediately: • Air filter...

Rewiring a boat – overcoming the challenges involved

Skippers need to have a basic knowledge of boat electrics, to avoid potential problems and to be able to solve them when...

Understanding marine sealants & adhesives

Sealants, adhesives and adhesive sealantsThere is a bewildering variety of sealants, adhesives and even adhesive sealants available for...

Competent crew skills: arriving and leaving a berth

Skilled boat handling is needed when entering or leaving harbour. Crew tasks include preparing the mooring lines and fenders...

Top Ten Tips For Learning The ColRegs Boating Rules Of The Road

Colregs Boating Rules Of The Road Skippers struggle to learn and remember the ColRegs Yachtmaster and Day Skipper course...

Navigation safety: a quick-reference mobile app to learn the ColRegs NavLights and Shapes

 Safety at SeaSafety at sea will always remains a topical and important subject that will no doubt dominate the syllabuses of nautical...

Distress flares – which flare, how & when to use?

How to use distress flares at sea Flares should be kept in a waterproof container in an easily accessible location such as a...

Seasickness – how can you prevent it?

Seasickness is a common problem at sea and affects both seasoned sailors and novices. What are the causes and symptoms of seasickness?...

First Aid Afloat – how to deal with a fracture at sea

First Aid Afloat A closed fracture does not break through the skin. An open fracture is when the bone punctures it. A...

Know your Navlights & Shapes – essential for all skippers

Know your Navlights & Shapes International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (ColRegs) Anyone who is...

Understanding your boat’s compass

Article submitted by Mike Rossiter, Certificated Compass Adjuster. Since the magnetic compass was first used by the Chinese...

Boat engine basics

Boat engines come in all shapes and sizes and include inboards, outboards, petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid systems. Some engines are...

Always have an emergency grab bag to hand when at sea…

  Grab bag: In the event of having to abandon ship, it is recommended to have a designated waterproof bag to carry...

Getting a tow for your sail or power boat at sea or on inland waterways

FREE tips from the Safe Skipper App for iPhone/iPad/Android: Getting a tow for your sail or power boat Plan how to secure a...

Essential Yachting + Power Boat Safety Briefing

Yachting Safety Briefing   Down below Lifejackets and harnesses - fitting, when to wear, clipping on Gas - risks,...

Understanding tides

If you are used to sailing in tidal waters, you will know that tides can be both a benefit and a hindrance to the sailor. In many ways,...

ColRegs Rule 14 – Head-on Situation

  ColRegs Rule 14: Head-on Situation (a) When two power-driven vessels are meeting on reciprocal or nearly reciprocal...

Steel hull maintenance

A steel boat owner’s biggest enemy is corrosion. You don’t have to worry about osmosis or rotting timbers, instead rust is the number one issue that will keep you awake at night.

Sail boat rig checks – Part 1

Sailing boat rigs need to be checked regularly to reduce the risk of rig failure at sea. In part one of Sail boat rig checks we run through a series of useful checks that owners and skippers can carry out.

Rig check – how to prevent failure at sea

Regular rig checks prevent the risk of mast and rigging failure at sea. This includes regular rig inspections of the spars, ...

The give-way hierarchy at sea – who gives way to whom?

Whatever their size or type, all skippers have a responsibility to avoid collisions with other boats at sea.  It is...