Any discussion about the substance used to coat an inflatable boat, focuses only on the ability of the coating to keep the lightweight boat. Those discussions have no relevance with regard to the strength and skill of an inflatable boat to resist impacts. The strength of an inflatable boat is derived, not material that is used in your siding, but the material used in the manufacture of the pot which is then coated fabric. Traditionally, the inflatable boats were constructed based on fabrics of silk or cotton, but these materials have been overshadowed by more modern alternatives of nylon and polyester. While the differences between the materials used for coatings are important, differences between the materials used under that coating are not it both.

The majority of the owners of boats and enthusiasts are familiar with the General properties of nylon and polyester, since these materials can be found on the strings used for the boats. Each material has different properties that make it suitable for specific purposes and different. Polyester is the preferred material for the strings used in the nautical races, because it has a minimal elasticity and is able to withstand long periods of exposure to the weather time. Nylon ropes are preferred for the assurance of the anchor and springs, because of its durability and high capacity to absorb energy to be stretched. It is common knowledge among Mariners that the nylon degrades when exposed to direct sunlight, and any string-based nylon hardens quickly and ends up become unusable then only two weeks of exposure to the Sun. When it comes to sailing boats, the nylon is virtually useless, because any sail made of nylon could not resist more than two weeks. That is why the fabrics are made of polyester, which is ideal due to their great strength and ability to resist degradation from exposure to ultraviolet radiation.