Highfield Inflatables have evolved from many years of development in some of the toughest conditions in the world, the Great Barrier Reef of Tropical Northern Australia. They are a direct descendant of the Australian Swift Range of Aluminium hulled RIBs now in service for over 20 years. Swift has supplied boats for leisure as well as professional uses with most of Australia's Water Police and Government Agencies having a number of Swift RIBS in their fleet. Though, Reliable and thoroughly tested, Highfield comes to you with a champions pedigree.
Highfield is committed to provide you with well designed, Professionally built boats distributed via a network of professionals at very affordable prices..
Aluminium Boats have been the first choice of Australians for a very long time. This choice has enabled Australian boats to withstand the rough and tumble of the turbulent waters, rocky coastline and coral sand beaches. All Highfield boats are designed and developed in Australia using the best expertise available.
Materials: At Highfield, we are dedicated to manufacturing the finest boats in the world. We therefore select very meticulously the best materials for our boats:
Either in PVC or in Hypalon, Highfield inflatables are using the best fabrics available in the market.
PVC fabrics are Valmex® from Mehler Texnologies in Germany. Valmex® boat fabrics are wear and abrasion resistant, UV and weather resistant, insensitive to high temperature conditions and dirt repellent. The Highfield PVC tubes are assembled using thermo-welding technologies. This process ensures much higher durability than regular glued PVC tubes which easily delaminate when exposed to UV.
Hypalon fabrics are ORCA® from Pennel & Flipo in France. ORCA® fabrics are considered as the best inflatable boat fabrics. Very tough, UV and hydrocarbon resistant, ORCA® is the best option for frequently used boats and a must in tropical areas. Unlike PVC, Hypalon glued seams present excellent ageing when glued properly using suitable 2-part polychloroprene adhesive.
Quality: Every Highfield boat is thoroughly tested and inspected after production. Thanks to the participation of our internal laboratory, we are able to ensure the quality and consistency of the processes of production. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the tests that we conduct in-house:
Tests conducted on fabrics and seams:
Fabric mechanical properties and glue-ability (ISO 1421, ISO 4674 and ISO 2411)
Heat test and seam strength tests (ISO 6185)
Air tightness (ISO 6185)
Accelerating weathering test (ISO 4892)
Test conducted on the powder coating:
Pre-treatment (BS EN 12206-1)
Thickness (ISO 2178)
Adhesion of the coating on the substrate (ISO 2409 and ISO 4624)
Accelerating weathering test (ISO 11507)
Salt spray test (ISO 9227)