About Us

The people of Vanguard (VG) are unparalleled in their experience. Our inflatable raft building heritage spans 5 decades (beginning in 1964!) and includes all facets of inflatable boat design, development & manufacturing. Our collective experience is over 100 years. Vanguard only specializes in inflatable raft manufacturing and our facilities comply with the coveted ISO 6185 Quality Control Standards for inflatable raft manufacturing. This is the quality and durability you can see in the construction of every Vanguard raft!

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Holly Anderson is Vanguard’s visionary and founder. In 2001, Holly charted a new course for the whitewater rafting industry when she set out to build a better boat. Using her expert knowledge and working with her design team, Holly developed the superior line of quality inflatable rafts and kayaks built by Vanguard. Holly’s commitment to value and love for the great outdoors are all part of the Vanguard standard of service.

Integrated Structural Design

Integrated Structural Design (ISD) is a result of fifty years of continuous inflatable design and manufacturing experience. This integrates the boat components into one and is achieved by:

■ Starting with a polyester base fabric for stiffness
■ Attaching the floor tightly to the tube section at just the right height
■ Engineering larger floor chambers for flotation, not just for bailing
■ Engineering the floor to withstand higher pressures
■ Round or conical tubes for maximum strength and stiffness
■ Contouring thwarts for maximum contact with the main tubes to enhance the thwart’s function (to maintain shape of boat), thus, boat performance
■ Strict Q.C. testing of all inside seams prior to installing outside seam tapes
■ Second Q.C. testing for Air Retention prior to packaging and shipping (to the ISO 6185 standard)

VG’s Integrated Structural Design philosophy extends beyond raft design and manufacturing
to distribution, service and support.

■ VG’s Dealers also provide you with the accessories and knowledge to properly equip you and your raft to maximize your safety and enjoyment
■ VG’s service and support gives you the information and tools you need to ensure years of enjoyment from your VG raft
■ VG’s website offers a number of resources beyond the VG product line

The ISD Result?

■ Superior Air Retention
■ Superior Seam Strength
■ Superior tracking & stability
■ Minimized drag requiring less effort to paddle/row
■ Enhanced stiffness for responsiveness
■ Load bearing across the entire boat to minimize dragging and flipping.