I am fortunate enough to live in a house where my backyard opens onto a lake. I say fortunate, because not everyone has the opportunity to live in a situation like this. But truth be told, finding a house on the water was a major priority for me because of my love of boating. Whether it be my trusty kayak that I use as a great way to keep in shape, or my inflatable boat that I take out for leisurely days of fishing, I am forever putting boats in and out of the water.
One major issue with the property I live on, however, is that there is no dock for my boats. My initial thought was that I would have a dock constructed. But that idea changed as soon as I saw the price tag. Next, I decided that I would just drag my boats in and out of the water every time I wanted to use them. Now with lightweight inflatable boats, this is at least somewhat feasible in the short term. But it gets old really fast. So I started to do some research, and that’s when I came across this amazing new product. It is a small, floating dock that fits all of my needs. It’s cost-effective, easy to install, durable, and can handle all types of small boats like canoes, kayaks, and inflatable vessels.
Getting this dock up and running is a very simple process. It is basically a heavy-duty shell made out of a high-tech tarpaulin PVD material. The shell is equipped with narrow openings that are perfectly designed to fit 4 Styrophoam panels. These panels are what act to keep the dock afloat, and can be cheaply and easily bought at your local hardware store. I bought mine at Home Depot for about $15/pc. You just slip the panels inside the shell, seal up the opening with the convenient Velcro flaps, and you’ve got yourself a dock that can be attached to basically anything. It’s just that easy!
This dock offers a few other great features. First off, it comes with 4 D-rings installed at the edges that allow easy attachment to whatever you want to anchor it to. These rings also can be used for a few other things, one of which is to actually secure the watercraft to the dock. The other, even more interesting use of the D-rings, is that they can be used to attach multiple floating docks together. This would allow you to store more vessels or bigger vessels easily. You can literally attach as many of these docks together as you want, creating space for all your boats.
There are a couple more bonus uses for these floating docks. Number one, your dock can double as a perfect work platform when you need to clean or fix issues with your boats. I know this has come in very handy for me on many occasions. Number two, you can actually install plywood through the foam layers to make the dock sturdy enough to handle a heavier vessel like a Jet Ski. And now you have a Jet Ski dock for an incredibly low price!
Even though I work a fairly normal 9 to 5 job, I like to think of myself as somewhat of an adventurer. Sometimes that means using all my vacation time on travel so I can explore rivers that run through tropical settings or a backwoods wilderness. Sometimes that means traversing the nearby Florida Everglades for a weekend of camping. And sometimes that just means waking up before sunrise to get in a good morning of fishing. Whatever the case may be, the one constant in all of these adventures is the need for a great boat that I can trust.
About a year ago, it was time to find a new companion to help me in my travels. After an extensive search where I took many things into account, I settled on the perfect boat for me. I chose the Saturn 13’ Expedition Inflatable Kayak, and I haven’t regretted it for even a minute. Here are some things that led me to decide to go with this great, inflatable kayak as my new boat.
1. The Saturn 13’ Expedition Inflatable Kayak is unbelievably versatile. From exploring hidden spots throughout the globe, to stand-up fly fishing in the stream behind your house, this boat can do it all. The unique design allows it to keep its balance in all conditions, while still fitting into small spaces where most other boats could never enter. That allows for all different types of adventures without ever having to change vessels. You can even easily add or remove 2 thwarts for back support while you paddle. And if you like to go fast, this inflatable boat’s streamlined design gives it more speed than you would ever imagine.
2. The affordable price. In almost every purchase we make, price is a factor. And even though boating is my favorite hobby, I still had to work on somewhat of a budget when I chose my latest vessel. My biggest decision came down to inflatable or hard hull, and it didn’t take very long to figure out that inflatable boats give you way more bang for your buck than comparable hard hull boats. Add that to the significant amount of money that an inflatable boat will save you on both storage and moving costs, and going with an inflatable boat was the obvious choice.
3. The extreme durability. One thing many people don’t realize about inflatable boats like the Saturn Expedition Kayak is that they can really handle a beating. Made with heavy-duty Dtex High Strength PVC Fabric coated on both sides, this boat is both abrasion resistant and puncture proof. In addition, the floor of the boat is crafted out of a high-pressure air deck that’s rigid when inflated, but can be easily rolled-up when deflated.
4. Convenient at every turn. As you just read, the Expedition Inflatable Kayak can be deflated and easily rolled-up, resulting in a boat that is extremely simple to store and move. That is especially handy when I want to bring it with me on a trip overseas for some adventuring. The boat was specifically designed to be packed into a suitcase (including the pump and paddles) that fits within all airline baggage allowances. So just pack it up, bring it to the airport, and be on your way to great adventures!
As a military and gun enthusiast, I have always felt that military-style products are the way to go when you are out on the water for a day of fishing, scuba diving, or any type of leisure. And while military-style boats used to be considered by many to be expensive, inconvenient, and bulky, that is no longer the case. Now, there are many different military-styled inflatable boats that offer benefits to every type of consumer. So whether you’re a military enthusiast like me, or you just want a dependable and affordable watercraft for your next fishing trip, the following inflatable military-style boats may be perfect for you.
One of the things I love most in my boats is durability. That’s one of the main reasons why military-style boats like the limited edition Black Ops version of the inflatable Saturn SD470 is right at the top of my list of favorites. This is a real inflatable military-style boats we are talking about here. No imitations. The 1100 denier Korean PVC fabric this boat is made of is incredibly resistant to tearing in virtually all conditions, including even long-term UV rays. The heavy-duty aluminum floor makes this craft feel solid for the up to eight people who can ride it in at a time. Plus it’s convenient, folding to a size small enough to fit into two bags. And let’s not forget the sleek design that will both turn the heads of other boaters, and make you feel like you are going out on your own mission.
Built out of the same 1100 denier PVC fabric that makes the Black Ops Saturn SD470 so strong and durable, the SK487XL KaBoat is another great choice for everyone ranging from military enthusiasts, to families, to police departments. Available in both Expedition Gray and Special Ops Black versions, this boat is specifically designed to carry a tremendous amount of heavy gear. Whether speeding down rivers with the motor, or rowing quietly under the cover of night on a police or military operation, the versatility of these KaBoats are unmatched in their price range. Another special feature I like about them is the four separate air chambers that provide added safety in the unlikely event of a puncture. And the sharp turning radius and ability to handle large waves makes them ideal for anything you could encounter out on the water.
This incredible product is about to hit the market. And as a military enthusiast, I will certainly be one of the first people to get one. This Special Forces Heavy-Duty Inflatable Paddle Board takes all the great things about inflatable paddle boards and adds a ton of features to enhance their durability and usability. For example, these new boards have a redesigned front to better cut through the waves, significantly thicker fabric on the sides to prevent punctures, an extra wide body, and strengthened and supported seams that will allow inflation of up to 15psi. This will greatly improve performance out on the water. The Special Forces Board will also be layered in PVC and have a grommet line for mounting military hardware on the top. No other paddle board on the market offers those features!
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When I first saw this crossover between an inflatable kayak and an inflatable boat, my mind went racing. Like when you see something that is so cool, you can't believe it. It's called the KaBoat, and being an avid fisherman, athlete and all around outdoorsman, my mind raced with all the possibilities. You normally think of a kayak as a one-man vessel, but the KaBoat was so much more than that. For starters, it is so affordable that even on my tight budget, I was thinking I could actually afford this.
How great would that be; I could take out my friends, pack enough gear, and explore until my hearts content. Seriously, this is making me think I have to have it. In fact, the next day, I went out and bought it. Best decision ever. With its narrow hull, it turns out you can run this boat with an electric outboard. At first I was thrilled about how inexpensively I could buy this, but add to it the eco-friendly component and you really have a sleek and modern boat.
You can transport this inflatable kayak slash boat very easily, so I figured I’d get my buddies together for a road trip to check out the scene in Miami. Clear blue water, sunshine, and comfortable affordable fishing; you really can’t beat it. Anyhow, my pals were on board, so to speak, and we drove my latest toy over to the public marina, put it in the water, and set off for a fun day.
When you look at the boat, it reminds you of something familiar. Then you realize it looks like those Asian Dragon boats you’ve seen online. The slim hull makes for a very smooth glide, steady enough to partake in a refreshing beverage and toast with your friends. So you set out on the smooth blue waters of Emerald Lake in Biscayne Park, Florida. There are lots of options as you easily make your way across the water with your three buddies on board.
You end up at Bakers Haulover Inlet where you’re amazed. You actually catch a few grouper and snapper making the day even better. It takes you about thirty minutes to reach this spot. Since we had my new favorite toy, the inflatable kayak slash amazing boat, we used no fuel with our electric outboard, and were confident going this distance because of the boats safety and integrity.
You actually can explore so many more waterways because of the size and design which allows easy access to find hidden fishing holes. Arriving back at the marina after discovering some great new places to fish and relax, we all headed up the way to prepare our beachside feast of Amber Ale Grilled Snapper and Grouper. We invited our girlfriends over, lit a bonfire, and had hours of fun. It didn’t hurt having the sound of crashing waves in the background.
You would be surprised how something so small and lightweight as the KaBoat could entertain so many people, and help create a day that you’ll remember forever.
Recently, my buddy and I went out to do some Yellowtail fishing. And boy did we have a great trip! The water was perfect. The fish were biting. And most importantly, we had the perfect boat for the occasion. This watercraft is the 12' SD365 Saturn Inflatable Boat, and it has a ton of benefits that would make any fisherman look forward to a beautiful day out on the water.
The Price is Right
No matter who you are, and no matter what it is you are planning to buy, price is a factor. And it was a major factor for me when I went looking for my next fishing boat. In general, inflatable boats are significantly cheaper than their hard hull counterparts. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that you are getting less for your money. In fact, inflatable boats are way better than hard hull boats in certain areas of performance, safety, and durability. And don’t forget how much cheaper and easier they are to both store and move from place to place. Add that to the fact that Saturn inflatable boats are the best priced on the market, and the SD365 was an easy choice.
Comfortable instead of Cramped
One thing my friends and I always want to avoid when heading out for a day of fishing is being cramped on our vessel. We want to enjoy our time in comfort, not have to sit on top of our cooler just to fit in the boat. But with the 12” SD365 Saturn being the largest high-pressure inflatable floor dinghy available, this is certainly not a problem for us. This boat is extra wide, leaving plenty of room for us and all of our supplies. So bring all your coolers and fill them up with fish, just like we did with those Yellowtail!
The King of Convenience
The last thing any fisherman wants after a long day on the water is to have to deal with annoying cleanup, transport, and storage. That’s another reason I chose the SD365. Once the day’s journey is over, all I have to do is quickly deflate the boat by opening all the air valves and either rolling it up or sucking out the air with the pump. Once completely deflated, the boat will fit into one bag that’s small enough to store and transport in the trunk of my car. No loading a boat onto a trailer. No paying for docking. Just deflate and drive away to the comfort of your own home!
Steady and Sturdy
As you can see in the video, those Yellowtail can sometimes put up a fight. But the width and design of the Saturn SD365 helps keep it steady and balanced throughout, allowing me to stand up and reel ’em in. This steadiness goes beyond just balance, extending to the actual materials used to build the boat. Made from ultra-strong 1100 denier Korean PVC fabric with polyester support, the SD365 is very resistant to tearing and puncture. Double layers of fabric at the bottom of the tubes also provide extra protection from sharp objects such as rocks.
The Added Benefit of Versatility
I know I have mostly discussed how great the 12” SD365 Saturn Inflatable Boat is for fishing, but it also has many other uses that allow me to get way more than my money’s worth. First off, the SD365 makes the perfect dinghy or life boat. It can be fitted with up to a 30HP outboard motor, or used with paddles. It can also be used as a nice leisure boat for a day out on the lake with my family. All in all, the Saturn SD365 is the perfect boat for me!
High pressure air floor is very strong and rigid when it is properly inflated. There are a lot of benefits of air floor vs. hard floor when used in inflatable boats. Air floor makes inflation and deflation of inflatable boat quick and easy. It also makes boat lighter and adds buoyancy. Air floor used in Saturn inflatable boats consist of 2 layers of 0.9mm PVC separated by thousands of stitches that keeps both layers of PVC parallel. However, being made of fabric, air floor is not 100% puncture proof. It is strong and durable; however it is possible to puncture it if enough force is applied with sharp object against floor surface. For example, if you step on small pieces of broken glass that can stick to soles of your shoes and then you step into the boat and make small cuts. Or if you pull fish into the boat and let it jump around, sharp dorsal fin can puncture surface of floor if applied in “unlucky” directions. Luckily it is relatively easy to fix high pressure air floor with PVC patch or just drop of glue placed on a place of puncture.
To protect air floor from accidental punctures and to make it slightly more rigid there are several options available for that. You can get piece of vinyl flooring from local Home Depot and cut it to fit inside boat and over the floor. Or get piece of marine carpeting sold in marine outlet stores. One idea that we found to be interesting is to use flat folding chair mat that is sold in local Office Depot or Office Max and are used to put under the computer chair. These are usually made of heavy duty transparent plastic and come with smooth surface for hard floors. Mat come folded in half and may need some trimming to nicely fit inside the boat. What makes this idea good is that mat is made of hard plastic designed to take abuse and would surely make floor not only more rigid, but would also protect it from punctures and dirt. Easy to wash, folding chair mat could work great as an additional safety layer on top of any high pressure drop stitch air floor inside inflatable boat, kayak or raft.
"I attached photos of my new ad-on bow piece for inflatable KaBoat SK430. You probably noticed from my whitewater river videos that I had problems with the low profile bow of SK430.
I hope I can fix it with this attachment.
In addition to these, there is only small minor issue like placement of the oarlocks. I have no room to row when I have my gear loaded. So I'm planning to glue a new pair of oarlocks near the drivers seat.
This year is going to be my fourth with SK430 and I hope it's going to do just fine. It has never let me down so far, so I'm quite happy with it."
"We bought this inflatable boat back in 2008 to have a very flexible tender that we can take anywhere in a car; and to be able to launch this boat from almost anywhere without needing a ramp. This is a good inflatable boat, built like a tank very stable. If you want a boat that will jump on big waves left by bigger boats, you will need a good size inflatable boat, though for us a bigger sized boat and engine would be too heavy. Convenient size, VERY good in shallow water. Can go against current with outboard (8 hp Mercury Mariner 2-stroke) very easily, whereas in a kayak, to travel the distance we do, you would need an extra set of arms, as it would be too tiring. On very fast rivers, can go very easily against the current with this engine. It is not fast with this small motor, but enough power and torque to go.
Where aluminum boats could not go, we went in this inflatable motor boat. When the water is to low for the outboard, we tilted the outboard and kept going. When the water would get too shallow for the engine, we kept going with oars. When water is too shallow for oars, we got out and towed the boat to deeper water. Though practice is needed for fast inflate/deflate procedure."
Try out as many inflatable kayaks as possible.
You want to make sure the boat you buy is a proper fit. Not everybody will be comfortable in just any old kayak. Many shops have demo days and this is a great way to test drive different models from different manufacturers. If there is not a local shop that does demos, they usually have rentals. Having the boat for the day and actually taking it fishing will really give you the best idea if it is the best vessel for your fishing needs. Remember, if you do not purchase the right kayak for your needs it will probably sit collecting dust next to that treadmill that was your new year's resolution to trim those twenty pounds off five years ago.
Make sure that you can handle the length and weight of the kayak.
Don't buy a 14-foot boat if your storage area is only 10 feet long. Also, make sure that you can easily load your new kayak onto to your vehicle. While pickups are the easiest for loading a kayak, that is not an option for everyone. A trick I learned a long time ago for loading onto an SUV is to get an old piece of carpet or a bath mat and put the fuzzy side down at the rear of your vehicle. This way, you only have to lift the nose of the boat and then you can push it up onto the SUV using the rear handle. If you decide on one of the hybrid jumbo boats, a trailer may be your best option. There are some nice kayak trailers available or if you are not mechanically challenged like me, you may want to try and convert and old jet ski trailer and save some money.
Paddle or Pedal?
Several manufacturers now have lines of pedal kayaks. This is a great option for hands-free fishing. It also allows for anglers to travel greater distances. Legs are stronger and you still have the option to paddle to prevent one set of muscles from fatiguing. As the majority of anglers choose paddle kayaks it is very important to select the right paddle. I always tell motor and, like in any boat, you do not want a clunky old engine to go with a sleek new hull. I always suggest a lightweight carbon fiber paddle, but a $400 price tag is not always in the angler's budget. That being said there are some nice fiberglass shafts in the $150-200 range.
Going in the right direction.
Most kayaks do not come with rudders but, in my opinion, this is an add-on that any fishing kayak cannot do without. Whether you are drifting a shallow flat stalking redfish or working a rod line flipping frogs for trophy large mouth, it is essential to be able to control your kayak without grabbing for the paddle every two seconds. It may sound like a broken record, but the more time you spend with the rod in your hands instead of the paddle, the more fish you are going to catch.
The other essential item to make you a successful kayak angler is an efficient anchoring system. When fishing the shallows, I have found that a stake out pole is the most efficient as it works as a brake, as well as an anchor. This is great as it keeps you from running over your quarry. An Inflatable Kayak may be silent to you, but fish can feel it push the water on the Flats. In deeper water chose an anchor that will keep you in place in the depths. I have found that the standard fold up anchor is not that efficient. I suggest using a fluke style or river claw depending upon the body of water you are fishing. If you plan on some extreme fishing for monsters that outweigh your kayak, you may want to think about a breakaway anchor / float system.
About six months ago, I was in the market for a new inflatable boat. I wanted something I could use for a day out fishing on the lake with my friends, but also something I could bring the family out on for water sports and relaxation. I already had a Sea Eagle 12.6 Sport, which I very much enjoyed. But I wanted a second watercraft, and I had always heard great things about Saturn inflatable boats.
What I really wanted was another midsize boat. And when I started looking through the options Saturn provided, I ended up focused on the 12' SD365 Saturn Inflatable. This watercraft is in the same class as my Sea Eagle 12.6 SR Sport, and has many similarities. I ended up buying the Saturn, and after owning it for the last 6 months, I have also noticed some major differences. Here are a few of them.
The Price Comparison
Though it was not necessarily the focus of my comparison, there is no way to ignore price when you are buying any type of product. So that’s where I will begin. Out of all the areas I will compare, price was probably the thing that was the most one-sided. For the total package of everything you need for a day out on the water, the Saturn D365 ran a very affordable $1,050. The Sea Eagle 12.6 SR Sport, on the other hand, cost about $2,100. Now, I definitely think $2,100 is a very fair price for a boat of this caliber, and have never regretted my Sea Eagle purchase. But who wouldn’t love to save over $1,000. When it comes to price, Saturn seems to be the way to go, hands down.
Performance on the Water
In all honesty, both of these great boats are a lot of fun to drive. They also both offer many useful features for fisherman, scuba divers, and families. In a lot of ways, the Saturn SD365 and the Sea Eagle 12.6 SR Sport perform about the same. One major difference lies in the shape of the keel. While the Sea Eagle has a standard flat keel, the Saturn has been designed with a modern v-shaped keel that acts to minimize the contact surface area between the hull and the water. From my experience, this v-shaped keel results in a much smoother ride.
First off, inflatable boats are in general much more convenient than their hard hull fiberglass counterparts. They are much easier to move from location to location because you can quickly inflate and deflate them. You can also store them in small spaces as opposed to spending money to dock them or having them take up a lot of space on your property. But there is still one major difference between the Saturn SD365 and the Sea Eagle 12.6 SR Sport. Basically, the Sea Eagle has a molded, hard floor that must be inserted into the bottom of the boat, while Saturn has designed their floor to be just as strong, but completely inflatable. This means that after using your Saturn boat, you can just deflate it, roll it up, and store it in a bag. But with the Sea Eagle, you have to carry the difficult-to-assemble boat floor in a separate box. This may not sound like a huge deal, but all I know is that when I have to decide which boat to load in my truck for a day out on the water, I usually end up choosing the Saturn.
When all is said and done, I think both the 12’ SD365 Saturn Inflatable Boat and the Sea Eagle 12.6 SR Sport would be great choices for anybody who is looking to purchase a boat. But as someone who owns both boats, I would honestly say that I think the Saturn provides the better value and experience.