Frequent Asked Questions

Question:
How does the proprietary polyvinyl fabric that Dux Boats use compare to the hypalon fabric that other manufacturers use?
Answer:
Hypalon came into the industry when a boat manufacturer used a low grade PVC for manufacturing their inflatable boats. This low grade PVC had no UV protection and turned nasty colors of brown when exposed to normal outdoor lighting conditions. The company who created hypalon stood behind their product, but not without tremendous profit losses and damage to the PVC industry’s reputation. The truth is there are several grades of PVC based on a scale from 3-10. The PVC used for hypalon is a low grade rank 3 PVC. All Dux Inflatable Boats use only the finest materials available and will never discolor in sunlight. Our materials are rated at the highest level of 10 and we have stood behind our proprietary materials for over 18 years.
Question:
Can I pull a skier with my Dux Inflatable?
Answer:
The Dux Performance Series of inflatable boats are designed for most water sport applications and needs. You will need to have a minimum of an 18 hp (PD-400) or a 25 hp (PD-550) outboard motor to ski.
Question:
What is the life expectancy of a Dux Inflatable?
Answer:

With proper care and handling your boat can last you indefinitely. However we do realize that problems can arise even with the best of care, which is why all Dux Inflatable Boats carry a 10 year limited warranty.
Question:
What is the floor made of in a Dux Inflatable Boat?
Question:
What is the floor made of in a Dux Inflatable Boat?
Answer:
All Dux Inflatable Boat floors are made with a plastic composite called Kingboard. This material is light weight with all the strength of any heavy weight floorboard. Our floorboards also require no maintenance for UV protection and are chemical resistant so you will never have to worry about cracking, repainting, or scratching.
Question:
Where do I sit in my Dux Boat?
Answer:
Over the years Dux has designed several consoles for seating, but none have really taken off. For this reason we have decided to allow the customer to determine what he or she wants. From benches to pedestal seating, and from fiberglass to plastic aftermarket consoles, we will install any style of seating that you desire in your boat.Note:
The Dux line of inflatable boats are tunnel hull boats. The floor sits high above the water and the chop, which means sitting on the floor will yield a comfortable ride. The tubes also make great seats as well as a great back rest. This allows you to have the option of keeping the floor space open allowing for more cargo or passengers.
Question:
How long does it take to inflate my Dux Boat?
Answer:
It depends on the model size. All product include a Super 6 dual action hand pump. This pump can inflate a 13 ft boat in 20 minutes with little effort. The pump will blow the boat up to the correct operating pressure and then will blow off the valve.
Question:
Can I use an air compressor or scuba tank to inflate my Dux Boat?
Answer:
Dux does not endorse or advise this action. Inflating your Dux Boat with an air compressor or scuba tank is very dangerous and can cause bodily harm. Dux Inflatable Boats and Products, LLC. will not be held liable for injuries resulting from improper inflation.
Question:
What is the maximum amount of pressure allowed during inflation?
Answer:
The maximum pressure allowed during inflation is 6 psi.
Question:
How do I transport my Dux Inflatable?
Answer:
Dux offers a variety of trailers to transport your boat. Click here to visit our trailers page and choose one that suits your needs.
Question:
I have more questions, who do I ask?
Answer:
You can e-mail us at sales@duxboats.com or call during normal business hours and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have. All of our contact information is found on our Company Information page which can be found by clicking here
Question:
What is pitch?
Answer:
Pitch is the distance that a propeller would move in one revolution if it were moving through a soft solid, like a screw through wood. When a propeller is identified as 13 3/4″ x 21″, it has a 13 3/4″ (35 cm) diameter with a pitch of 21″ (53 cm). Theoretically, this propeller would move forward 21″ in one revolution.
Question:
What is rake?
Answer:
Rake is the angle of the blade to the center of the shaft measured in degrees. Most performance propellers are angled aft to give the boat more lift without ventilating the propeller. The two common types of rake used in performance boating are parabolic and straight rake. Parabolic rake is an off-center rake line that gives the blade an appearance of a spoon-like effect. Straight rake is basically flat across the blade.
Question:
What is cupping?
Answer:
When the trailing edge of the blade is formed or cast with an edge curl it is said to have a cup. Cupped props will usually allow a faster top speed and more mid-range efficiency by allowing more positive trim with less prop slip. Cupping benefits are so desirable that nearly all modern recreational, high-performance, or racing propellers contain some degree of cup. Cupping will usually reduce full-throttle engine speed by about 100 to 200 RPM below the same pitch propeller with no cup. A propeller repair shop can increase or decrease cup to alter engine RPM to meet specific operating requirements on most propellers.
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Question:
What is propeller diameter?
Answer:
Diameter is the distance across the circle made by the blade tips as the propeller rotates.
Question:
What is propeller cavitation?
Answer:
As a shape passes through water at an increasing speed, the pressure that holds the water to the sides and back of the shape is lowered. Depending upon the water temperature, when the pressure reaches a sufficiently low level boiling (i.e., the formation of water vapor) will begin. The collapsing action, or implosion, of the bubbles releases energy that chips away at the blades causing a “cavitation burn,” or erosion to the metal.The initial cause of the low pressure may be nicks in the leading edge, too much cup, sway to sharp leading edge corners, improper polishing, or, sometimes poor blade design or hard steel. Massive cavitation by itself is rare and is usually caused by a propeller that is severely bent or has had its blade tips broken off. This results in a propeller that is far too small in diameter for the engine. (See “What is ventilation?” for another common cause.)

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