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Kevlar retrofit to our Pischel Rigid Inflatable

Pischel rigid inflatable dinghy at Boot 2002

Pischel is a company that pioneered RIBs long before the large manufacturers even thought of them. The company is located just south of Cologne in Germany and they make the best RIBs I have ever seen on the market (and I have no affiliation other than being a happy owner). Here are some features:

After 7 years of heavy use and constant exposure to the summer sun, the Bolero is still working great. The only problem we have had with it are some minute air leaks from time to time. We also experienced a lot of bottom fouling over the summer and discovered some bad wear marks in the winter of 1999-2000. Here is the story of how we strengthened the underside of the Pischel, applied some new OEM Hypalon, and anti-fouling paint.

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Wear and Tear

Wear and Tear on our Pischel Rigid Inflatable Dinghy


Repair of our Pischel Rigid Inflatable Dinghy

Finished Product

Our Pischel Rigid Inflatable Dinghy Today