How can your boat float without being inflated?
Just like any (e.g. steel) boat a tender also does not need inflation to float; it just needs to displace enough water. The strong frame of a FlatFloat holds a bag in place to cleverly create a fixed volume. The square bottom shape of the FlatFloat makes it even more stable sidewards than (rounded) inflatables of the same size!
Its bottom poles work like keels of a catamaran.
The FlatFloat can be set up or taken apart like a tent in just a few minutes, without any tools. And it can be (un)folded like a chair in just seconds. From "flat" to "float", and back.
Is the FlatFloat CE certified?
Boats below 2.5 m in length cannot be CE certified. However FlatFloats have been tested extensively under various circumstances and load / flooding conditions to guarantee the proper functioning in demanding outdoor environments typical for many tender boats.
Is the FlatFloat safe?
The skin of the FlatFloat is made of strong PVC, like most inflatables. But inflatables are much more likely to start leaking, just like blown-up balloons (under tension) are more likely to pop.
Moreover the FlatFloat has robust strengthened corners, and double-layered padded bumpers along the bottom edges.
It has safety partitions to ensure flotation even in the unlikely event when an accidental rupture would still occur in one of the three compartments.
It can carry at least 3 persons even with the largest (middle) compartment flooded.
The FlatFloat also floats upside down (capsized), and can still carry loads then.
Due to its larger underwater volume (square versus round edges) a FlatFloat is actually more stable sidewards (so resistant to capsizing) than a typical inflatable of the same size.
Finally the frame, bag, and poles each float individually, even when folded and/or completely submerged.
Will my engine fit on the FlatFloat?
Any typical outboard engine for this size tender will fit on the FlatFloat. For safety the engine's propellor should be at least 50 cm (20") below its hanging brackets (the top of the MotorMount). Propellors with two blades are easiest to insert into the MotorTunnel. In general we recommend electric motors, for their ease of use, light weight and to avoid noise, pollution, oil spills, etc. Please note the power limits listed in our "Specs".
How do I set up the FlatFloat?
Do you have other models, colors or sizes?
No (not yet). Sorry.
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Is the FlatFloat available in the US?
We are in touch with authorities to get approvals and fulfil local requirements (like a Hull Identification Number on each boat).
Please convey your interest to stay updated on any developments. We will contact you the moment we enter the US Market.
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I don’t know… Is a FlatFloat really something for me?
YES, it is! Go buy now!
How fast is the FlatFloat?
The aim of a FlatFloat is to provide safe and convenient transport from A to B, for example between shore and ship. It is not intended to go fast or very long distance. However with its flat bottom it can go quite fast, depending on weather conditions and the engine you use. Check our movies to get an impression.
Doesn’t the FlatFloat look a bit odd?
Pretty is less important than practical.
And most dinghies are not elegant, neither are inflatables.
So best to have your dinghy out of sight easily during the majority of time in which it is not used.
A FlatFloat keeps your main boat pretty! (No need for davits, towing or storing it on deck)
Also, a FlatFloat may look deflated (“flat”), but the water pressure will naturally tension its skin.
As you will start to see more and more FlatFloats around, you will get used to their different appearance.
From a distance FlatFloats look normal anyway.