The company has been in the ‘Roto Moulding’ business since 1992, moving to the production of boats in 2001, and then specifically ‘Whaly Boats’ in 2003.
Initially manufacturing boats for the recreational market, they very soon began supplying boats for professional purposes. They currently produce seven different models ranging from 2.1 to 4.4 metres.
All Whaly boats are double walled but produced in a single ‘one piece’ Rotomoulding process.
The Process of rotational moulding is simple;
The mould consists of two halves made from cast Aluminium,
The plastic, Polyethylene (PE) in powder form is placed into the mould,
The mould is closed and rotated slowly on two axis.
The mould is then heated in an oven whilst rotating and the polymer gradually melts and ‘lays-up’ on the inside of the mould.
Once the polymer powder has fully melted the mould is moved to a cooling station and cooled with air. As the mould cools thePolyethylene solidifies.
The top half of the mould is removed,
The boat itself is then removed from the bottom half of the mould …..
…. and a Whaly is born!
The final stage is to test the boats for leaks, check the wall thicknesses, pressure test etc. Then comes the assembly of the transom plate, rope, lid, etc. and finally the quality control and packaging.
Whilst the concept of rotational moulding is simple, the process is in fact extremely complicated. It is a casting process and there is normally no pressure involved which means that the material cannot be controlled in the same way as high pressure processes such as injection moulding. There are many variables that can affect production and the end product such as ambient temperature and humidity, type of mould, material specification and powder quality.
Whaly boats may have some imperfections, will not be a nice shining painted perfect boat, BUT a Whaly boat will be a very strong boat with a minimum of maintenance (or no maintenance) boat depending of use and end colours.
- Exceptional Strength. Hulls are 6-10mm thick and made from high quality Polyethylene. You won’t get a free puncture repair kit with these boats! Take a look at the many YouTube videos to see just how tough these boats are.
- Stability. Inflatables have been around for years. We all know how stable they are! Whaly boats are basically a super strong inflatable. Whaly’s provide the same exceptional stability that you would expect from any inflatable
- Virtually Unsinkable. The double-skinned hulls have massive reserves of buoyancy and stability. Swamp the boat, fill it completely with water, and you can still keep motoring, people and all!
- Big Volume Design. Whalys are often compared to RIBs, and it’s particularly notable that size-for-size a Whaly has much more internal space. This is because the tubes are cut away vertically on the inside face, to create secure inboard seating around the whole boat. This is much safer than sitting on top of the tubes of a RIB, particularly when carrying children and/or operating at speed.
- Customisable. Whaly boats are easy to customise by the home handyman. You can cut out an insert for your tackle box or screw on a mount for your depth sounder. If its not 100% watertight, the bung at the bottom of the transom is simply unscrewed to let the water out. No foam or internal baffles to keep it trapped inside.
Whaly Boats have over 30 dealers world wide. We are proud to be their New Zealand agent.
Feel free to contact us. We are happy to discuss any aspects with you. We also have demonstrators available in the 210, 270, and 310 models.
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