While WING Inflatables may not be the largest raft manufacturer in the business they believe their vision is a dominant force. WING's mission is to build the longest lasting, best handling, and most beautiful whitewater boats that money can buy, period. If their boats deliver all this and just happen to cost less than some of the other "high-end" boats, well, you can chalk it up to WING know how on the one hand, and the high overhead of the big guys on the other. Here's how they do it.
Founder Bill Wing knows his craft. Kayaking since boyhood, Bill founded the Electric Rafting Company in 1978, running some of the West's most notorious rivers. Bill's experience led him into manufacturing in 1989, hoping to couple his design ideas with the promise of polyurethane.
Today, when not in the office, Bill teaches swift-water rescue techniques to numerous state and federal agencies (in WING boats, naturally). Bill's hands-on experience results in river craft as beautiful and rugged as the Northern California coast WING Inflatables calls home.
Over 130 years of combined experience in designing, fabricating, and evaluating boats comes together at the WING headquarters in Arcata, California. There is perhaps no other whitewater work force so committed to their products' end use. Weekends find designers, fabricators, and salespeople putting WING handiwork through its' paces on the Trinity River's Burnt Ranch Gorge, the Smith's Oregon Hole, or the Cal Salmon's main canyon, just a few classic runs close by.
A secret weapon written specifically for the patterning and fabrication of WING boats out of polyurethane. It takes in all the variables of the fabric and spits out raft patterns that are within 1% of desired specs, the first time. This capability not only allows WING to easily fine-tune their standard boat designs, it allows them to offer a full custom boat program making rapid prototyping of unique designs a breeze.