Inflatable boats "Gladiator" are produced jointly by the Russian company Extreme and the Chinese company Weihein Marineco. This product has firmly occupied its niche in the full and promising market of swimming equipment. This was made possible through the use of high-quality components and sophisticated vessel design at an affordable price. These swimming facilities are best suited for fishing and recreation, as well as short walks.
Manufacturers of the boat "Gladiator" have created several variations. Depending on the configuration, design features and materials used, they are suitable for use in different climatic conditions and on the corresponding bodies of water. You can divide them into the following categories:
- Simplified inexpensive option for a relaxing holiday and fishing on quiet water (Simple). These models are represented in a keel or flat-bottomed formation.
- For a more active pastime there is a transom modification (Light). There are three types of vessels, differing in payolom (equipment from moisture resistant plywood, aluminum and inflatable floor).
- Boat PVC "Gladiator" Active is designed for active recreation and fishing. It can be equipped with power plants with a capacity of up to forty horse forces, has a reinforced density of inflatable cylinders and an expanded configuration.
- The professional version is focused on the simplest operating conditions. The density of the material in this case is at least a thousand and three hundred grams per square centimeter. Provided keel armored bottom and an increased volume of working cylinders.
Equipment and design
The standard equipment of the boat "Gladiator" may include a bow awning, an anchor eye, packing bags, a pump. At a cost of forty thousand rubles swimming means is presented in various colors (from bright colors to camouflage design).
Some modifications are equipped with aluminum cans and other additional amenities. Option "Air" is trimmed with polyurethane tape on all protruding elements, when folded, fits in one bag. All stages of the production of swimming means meet international standards and undergo appropriate controls.
Differences considered boats can be identified by such criteria:
- Model A-280 NT is equipped with two-stroke engines with a maximum power of four horsepower. A removable transom and a load capacity of almost 0.5 tons allows transporting a good catch to two large passengers.
- The boat "Gladiator-370" is distinguished by speed gliding, has a capacity for five people, aggregates with outboard motors with a capacity of up to thirty-five horsepower, has a carrying capacity of almost seven hundred kilograms.
- Another popular version under the symbol D-420 AL belongs to the professional category, equipped with three separate air compartments. It has enhanced density, aluminum bottom and cans. The vessel can carry up to seven passengers with a load capacity slightly above one ton.
Boat "Gladiator-330": technical characteristics
Using the example of one of the most popular series from the manufacturer in question, we will study the basic parameters of the swimming facility.
Overall and technical indicators:
The PVC boat "Gladiator-330" is made with an inflatable keel, lined with a five-layer reinforced fabric of increased density. The vessel has three independent compartments, the design and interaction of which ensure the flooding of the unit in case of damage to one of the departments.
The engines for the craft in question are easy to carry, they are light in weight and have the same name. Motors "Gladiator" have the following characteristics:
- they are protected from corrosion, made of aluminum alloy;
- several modes allow movement through shallow water;
- the swivel gas handle increases maneuverability and safety;
- there is an emergency strap off, control thermostat, a three-stage transmission unit;
- the boat motor of this brand is convenient when carrying, differs in ease;
- steering - adjustable type;
- protection against starting with active gear;
- an excessive vibration protection system is included;
- power unit - from ten to three dozen horse forces.
The two-stroke motor does not require registration during installation, has a two-year warranty, is equipped with a pair of cylinders, is wound up with a manual starter. The weight of the product is about twenty-seven kilograms, with a volume of 170 square centimeters.
Boats "Gladiator": reviews
In their responses, users predominantly positively position the swimmer in question. For quiet walks and fishing on quiet water, modifications of “Light” and “Simple” are perfect. The only disadvantage in their design, consumers say is not very good handling.
Strong and more complex versions of "Active" and "Professional" are free from this drawback, have good build quality, and are more stable on the waves. However, the mass and price of such ships is noticeably higher compared to the modifications noted above. In general, the PVC boat "Gladiator" is a fairly reliable, compact and practical vessel. Despite the relatively young age, this brand has already found its admirers throughout the country and abroad.
Considered watercraft have a number of undeniable advantages, namely:
- five-year warranty on finishing material and three years for docking seams;
- junction points are additionally glued with four-level overlays;
- products meet the requirements of GOST and ISO;
- convenient design of the valves allows you to quickly transform the boat from the transport position to the working view and vice versa;
- pVC material is resistant to wear, deformation and puncturing.
Polymer components are additionally reinforced, which increases the total service life without major repairs to ten or more years. A wide range makes it possible to choose a model that is suitable for personal preferences, price, color and practicality.
Completion of the review
Boats "Gladiator" constructively consist of an open cylinder, divided into several compartments. They have lowered limit switches with beveled shape. The majority of units are equipped with pump, oars, stationary transom, handrails, portable cans, eye. Packaging and transportation of the product is performed by placing the items in one, two or three packs (depending on the model).
A wide range allows you to choose an inflatable boat for the needs and price. For professional fishermen and extreme lovers, the Professional and Air versions will do. On quiet water, an economical and inexpensive standard modification or an improved, but slightly incompatible "Light" variation will be enough. The choice is always yours.