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."
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.
Whether you're looking to have a blast with friends and family or just relax, there's nothing like being out on the water. And, the great news is that it's never been easier or more affordable than with today's innovations in inflatable boats. For so many, boat ownership can seem like a part-time job and a full-time expense: the varnish, the paint, the dock and mooring fees, towing and storage- the list goes on!
With an inflatable boat or inflatable motor boat, many of these chores and expenses have been entirely eliminated, leaving more time (and money) for lots of fun in the sun… and isn’t that really what it’s all about? Whether you’re rowing or motoring around out there, inflatable boats, with their lighter weight, and inherent versatility are easier to store, transport and launch than their hard-hull counterparts.
There is no need for a trailer hitch on your SUV, or a roof rack to tow your boat. Rigid-inflatable boats can easily be folded and will take up minimal space in your garage or other storage area. With no dock and mooring fees, the versatility of an inflatable motorboat will save you a great deal of time and money. Inflatable boats and motorboats are incredibly low-maintenance. And, with the latest materials and techniques that go into their manufacturing, rigid-inflatable boats have never been more stable, durable, affordable, or fun!
Setting up an inflatable boat has never been easier. Once you reach your destination, you can inflate your boat and start cruising on the water within minutes. Want to have a picnic on the beach? Unlike most hard-hull boats, launching from the beach in an inflatable (and returning) is a breeze. When comparing inflatable boats to hard-hull boats, there isn’t much comparison. If you are looking to save time and money while maximizing the fun, an inflatable boat is the way to go.
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With so many options available to you with inflatable boats, one thing you can be sure of is that there’s a whole lot of fun just waiting for you on the water!
When looking at the features of inflatable boats, some obvious things jump right out at you. Their cost, for one, is much lower than that of comparable hard hull boats. The ease of inflating and deflating these boats makes them incredibly easy to move from place to place. And their ability to be rolled up and stored in small spaces is a convenience that can save you a ton of money on things like storage. Add all this to their high-level performance out on the water, and inflatable boats are a style of watercraft that deserves to be highly considered when shopping for a new boat.
When I was searching for the next boat I wanted to purchase, I looked carefully at all of the above factors. But as someone who takes pride and joy in being a do-it-yourselfer, there was another factor that was important to me. This was versatility. What I wanted was a watercraft that I could adapt and use for many things. And I wanted to do the adapting myself. So after searching around for awhile, I settled on an inflatable boat that I thought would be perfect.
Project #1: The Fishing Rod Rack
I am an avid fisherman who spends a lot of time out on the water. And because of this, I wanted to make some personal additions to my new inflatable boat that would make fishing even more convenient. I am also someone who likes their space neat and organized. Combining these two things together, I figured that the ultimate first DIY project for my inflatable boat would be a fishing rod rack. I knew this was a safe project that I could tackle by myself. So that’s what I did.
The first step in making my new fishing rod rack was figuring out what materials to use for the structure itself. To me, whatever I chose would need to be able to handle all weather, be easy to work with, and be very affordable. After strolling through my local Home Depot (and who doesn’t love doing that?!), I settled on 1” PVC plumbing pipe for my project. I had already taken measurements from the front of the boat where I wanted to mount it, so I knew just how much to buy. I also purchased the other materials I would need, namely a few cable ties and a can of black spray paint. The spray paint is optional, but if I am going to spend time to build something like this, I always like to make it look as slick as possible. Painting it to match your boat is an easy way to do this.
When I got back home, I cut the PVC pipe into the size I wanted. I then glued the pieces together into the size and shape that I measured. Honestly, it was that simple! Once my new fishing rod rack had time to dry, I took it out to where I had my boat. Now it was time to mount it. I know this seems like the hard part, but with the design of these inflatable boats, there actually is no hard part. All I had to do was set my new rack where I wanted it, attach it to the boat’s splash guard with the cable ties I bought, and I had a brand new rack hold all my fishing rods. And man, did it look great! So what’s the next step? Simple, it’s deciding on the next do-it-yourself project for my inflatable boat.
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Ever since I was a kid, there's nothing I have loved more than spending a day out boating on the water. Back then, it was normally a morning out fishing with my dad. Nowadays, it's me taking my own son out to see what's biting. Or taking the whole family onto the lake for a day of leisure.
When I was growing up, my dad had a hard hull fiberglass boat. But a few years ago, I fell in love with inflatable boats. These amazing watercrafts offer most of the benefits of a fiberglass boat, but with some added incentives. First off, they are significantly cheaper. And secondly, they are way more convenient to both move and store. But there was one thing about these inflatable boats that would sometimes bother me. I occasionally missed the feeling of sitting behind the wheel of my machine. But now, I can satisfy that feeling whenever I want. That’s because I just bought a brand new central control console for my inflatable boat.
For just $219, I got the total central console package, which included the rotary steering helm, steering wheel, 7’ cable, and aluminum frame. Then all I needed to do was select the link control steering arm specific to my outboard engine, and purchase it for a nominal fee ($15 and up). My central console steering system was quickly shipped to me. And when I received it, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to assemble and install myself.
Once I had my amazing new steering system installed, I couldn’t wait to test it out. I took my inflatable boat out for a spin, and it was like I had just bought a brand new watercraft. My ability to control the boat, which was already great to begin with, was taken to a completely new level. It was like the difference between driving a normal car and a Corvette! I just couldn’t believe how smooth and responsive the steering was.
The next thing I decided to get for my inflatable boat’s new steering system was the throttle box. While this is not needed to use the steering system, I felt that the ease and convenience of use made this a smart purchase. It’s especially helpful when leaving or coming back to the dock, making adjusting your speed incredibly easy. Plus, it reminded me of my days out on my dad’s boat.
Another thing you can add to your boat if you want to give it that fisherman’s feel is a fishing chair. You can very affordably buy a seat pedestal, a swivel base, and a fishing chair to put on top of it for not much more than a total of $40. These items can be found all over the internet, as well as in large retail stores like Wal-Mart. They are easy to install, and will last you a long time.
So for under $300, you can now make your already amazing inflatable boat into a high performance fishing boat! I did it to mine, and it’s been worth every penny and more.