|Boardworks/Badfish MCIT Stand Up Paddleboard|
|Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:00|
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Registering a patent on its new innovation—Multi Chamber Inflatable Technology (MCIT) and the Axially Stabilizing Apparatus— Boardworks Surf and Badfish Stand Up Paddle have challenged the design constraints of existing drop-stitch inflatable SUP technology to create a board with tapered rails and enhanced rigidity. The result is the Boardworks/Badfish new MCIT Inflatable for 2012.
Characteristics in the existing drop stitch technology used by most inflatable board makers limits the ability to incorporate performance enhancing design elements. The nature of drop stitch material is such that it has a consistent thickness, therefore design variations have been limited to outline shape and rocker curve. However, when Badfish teamed up with Boardworks using new technology, it enabled them to make Inflatable SUP’s with design elements that were previously only possible in hard boards.
Using Multi Chamber Inflatable technology and the Axially Stabilizing Apparatus, the two companies have incorporated tapered rails with a larger diameter in the mid section compared to the thickness of the main deck. The boards then taper to a smaller diameter in the nose and tail. This enables the them to have greater stability and to be more responsive than other inflatables. These new boards also have a stepped down deck, lowering the paddler’s center of gravity. They also use a type of stringer system, where the chambers connect, resulting in a significantly more rigid inflatable. This all makes the Boardworks/Badfish new MCIT inflatables an excellent choice for all levels of SUP, including entry level, intermediate and advanced paddlers for touring, as well as advanced river running and surfing.
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