Inflatable Boat Market

Global Market Study on Inflatable Boats: Increase in Recreational Boating Activities Aiding Market Growth

Inflatable Boat Market Segmented By Rigid and Soft Inflatable Boats Product with PVC, Polyurethane, Hypalon or CSM Materials in Fiberglass, Aluminum, Wood, Air Floors

  • July-2020
  • PMRREP18664
  • 300 Pages
  • Automotive


An inflatable boat is a lightweight watercraft whose sides and bow (forward part) are made out of a flexible, inflatable tube. These boats have gained tremendous demand in recent years, owing to rising popularity amongst professionals and adventurers.

In addition, growth in the demand from maritime security solutions as well as use of inflatable boats in naval operations have created significant opportunity for the global inflatable boats market, which is anticipated to increase further in the coming years. The inflatable boats market size trajectory is forecast to move on a significantly upward trend during the forecast period (2020 to 2030).

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  • AB Inflatable Crafts
  • Caribe Nautica 
  • Bombard
  • Demaree Inflatable Boats Inc.
  • Damen Shipyards Group.
  • Grand Marine International Inc. 
  • Mercury Marine 
  • Patten Co., Inc. 
  • Sealegs International Limited
  • Survitec Group Limited 
  • VSR France
  • Zodiac Nautic
  • Woosung I.B. Co.,LTD.
  • Ribcraft USA LLC
  • Maxxon Inflatable Boats
  • Vector Ltd.
  • Grabner GMBH

Inflatable Boats Market Trends

Growing Use of RIBs for Maritime Security: The fast, robust, light, and durable nature of rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) makes them suitable for many operations in the maritime world. They are now considered the workhorse for maritime security operations. Their design and function makes them attractive for many roles.

Rigid inflatable boats are made up of a rigid flooring and hull, which contributes to the strong endurance during rough currents and extreme weather. Also, they are easy to use due to their convenience, compact size, mobility, and speed.

Inflatable boats are also used as lifeboats on big vessels, and have become an important aspect of marine safety. Hence, manufacturers are providing customized solutions for maritime security applications as well as investing in product innovation to compete in this high competition market space.

Requirement of a dependable workboat, either from military or emergency response teams, can be easily fulfilled by rigid inflatable boats, which are fast becoming the watercraft of choice. This can be attributed to several factors, such as rigid inflatable boats achieve the same speed as a conventional hard-sided solar boats, with much less drag and horsepower.

Europe has witnessed the highest growth in the demand for RIBs in recent years, whereas, in the U.S. demand specially comes from the marine industry for security solutions, which has witnessed significant growth in recent years.

Growth in Recreational Activities: The range of recreational boating activities has widely expanded over the years, for which, an inflatable boat is an excellent option. Inflatable kayaks and canoes offer more stability and options. Super buoyant, lightweight RIBs have cross-market appeal in both, commercial as well as recreational markets.

Hence, boat manufacturers can choose to emphasize on this segment as it has become a profitable option for them as well. As the relatively simple concept and modular composite construction is easy to configure, specific needs of buyers can be met.

The high number of tourists visiting coastal regions creates opportunities for manufacturers to expand their business. Maritime and coastal tourism, including recreational boating, is anticipated to play a crucial role in the growth of the inflatable boats market, worldwide.

Manufacturers’ Focus on Lightweight & Multi-Application Boats: The global inflatable boats market is a highly competitive market space. In order to gain maximum customers and offer products to a wider horizon, manufacturers are expanding their footprints, worldwide.

Also, continuing efforts are being made to further improve the cost and performance parameters for different applications. Special materials such as CSM or Hypalon are used in order to provide more durability and stability to products.

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Regional Analysis of Inflatable Boats Market

In terms of regional distribution, the global inflatable boats market share is dominated by Europe and North America, with these regions collectively accounting for nearly one-third share of the inflatable boats market in 2019. 

These regions are projected to continue to be the most significant demand centers for inflatable boats throughout the forecast period. Further, these region are dominant not just on the demand front, but also the supply front, with Italy and the U.S. accounting for bulk of global production capacities.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Inflatable Boats Markets

The COVID-10 pandemic has gripped the whole world and affected most businesses. Besides manufacturing, tourism, especially coastal tourism and adventure sports have taken a huge hit due to lockdowns and restrictions across the world.

As a result, demand for inflatable boats has plummeted this year, adversely affecting the growth of the global inflatable boats market, at least in the near term. Uptake of tourism activities is expected in the next 4 to 6 quarters, which will then lead to market recovery.

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?Inflatable Boats Market: Competition Overview

The inflatable boats market is highly fragmented in nature, with several global players operating in the market. Owing to the presence of a number of regional and domestic players, the market is intensely competitive. Some of the key players in the global inflatable boat market are Mercury Marine, Damen Shipyards Group, Woosung I.B. Co. LTD., Achilles Inflatable Crafts, and Maxxon Inflatable Boats.

Analysts’ Viewpoint

Inflatable boats have become a must-own product when it comes to recreational boating. Growth in recreational boating over the past years has been tremendous. The next significant application is for maritime security purposes; these applications such as rescue missions as well as rising demand for naval operations will set the path for market growth in the coming years. Moreover, developments in quality and lifespan of inflatables, along with improved level of safety, are paving the way for optimistic growth of the global inflatable boats market.

Key Segments of Inflatable Boats Market

PMR’s study on the inflatable boats market is divided into five significant segments - product, material, floor, application, and region. This report offers comprehensive data and information about the important market dynamics and growth parameters related to these categories.


  • Rigid Inflatable Boats
  • Soft Inflatable Boats



  • Fiberglass
  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Air Floors


  • Leisure
  • Professional & Sports
  • Maritime Security
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific 
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in PMR’s Inflatable Boats Market Report

  • Which region is anticipated to hold a prominent market share in the global inflatable boats market over the forecast period?
  • What will be the key driving factors propelling the demand for inflatable boats during the forecast period?
  • How will current trends impact the inflatable boats market?
  • Who are the significant market participants in the inflatable boats market?
  • What are the crucial strategies of prominent players in the inflatable boats market to upscale their positions in this landscape?


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