Many boats are made from PVC fabric, but there are also boats made from other materials such as PVC. hypalon and neoprene. PVC fabric has a lower cost and it is not as durable as other materials but is also available in different qualities, for increased longevity it is an advantage to have a fabric with extra UV protection. Hypalon is a very durable material often used for professional inflatable boats, but it is also more expensive. Neoprene is another durable material used.

Important to consider the manufacturing technology when choosing an inflatable boat. There are boats with so-called multichamber designs, which means that the boat has several separate air chambers that make it more stable and safer to use. Inflatable boats with only one air chamber per pontoon are simpler and cheaper to manufacture but carry a high risk if an accident occurs and one of the pontoons leaks air out at sea.
Are the seams glued or welded? You can read about it in a separate post.
It is important to look at different designs and makes when choosing a inflatable boat. Some brands have a reputation for producing high quality boats while other brands may not have the same reputation. Compare different brands and models to get an idea of what suits you best.

Finally, consider your budget when choosing a inflatable boat. There are boats in all price ranges, so there is something for everyone. But it’s important to remember that you usually get what you pay for, it may be worth spending a little extra money on a better quality boat.