Inflatable boats come in various shapes and sizes and are designed for different duty. Some have round or square bows (front ends) and some have rigid transoms (back ends) made of wood or fiberglass (an inflatable that is powered by one or more outboard motors will need a rigid transom).
Their shared feature is inflatable tubes or pontoons on the side usually made of a durable rubberized synthetic fabric like PVC or Hypalon. An inflatable with a fiberglass or aluminum hull or underbody is usually called a rigid inflatable boat or RIB. Inflatables can range from six to 50 feet or more and can be barebones or have very sophisticated equipment aboard including large outboard engines and small trolling motors.
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