Starboard’s Welded Rail Technology – featured in their entire inflatable paddleboard range – uses a new & advanced heat-welding process whereby the top and bottom layers of the board are mechanically bonded. That means there is no glue used to join the top and bottom along the rails (where leakage can occur) and these joints are now bonded for life – making their boards incredibly durable.
3 things you need to know about the Welded Rail Technology
- Welding the rails is the only way to avoid a board leaking over the longer term. Starboard has pioneered the most advanced and reliable rail welding technology which mechanically bonds the rail layers to the dropstitch. This makes the board more durable, longer lasting and better for the environment.
- Why the rails? The rails of the board are the only area where two main components of the board; the deck and the bottom are connected. Therefore, it’s a critical area for air leaking.
- Starboard has had a 0.38% warranty rate on all inflatable boards and a 0.1% warranty rate on Zen boards concerning leaking issues since the Welded Rail Technology was first introduced. That’s only 1 out of 1000 boards.
*Welding vs Fusion Technology
Fuson Technology is used on the deck and bottom of the board. It creates a lighter, stronger, and stiffer board. Be aware that this is not critical for air leaking. Some brands call this Fusion Technology 'heat welding', heat transfer or MSL. It is totally different from Starboard’s Welded Rail Technology.
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