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.
Avid Travelers Must Have Inflatable Kayaks To Take You Around the Most Beautiful Waterways in a World.
Look around. Your world is beautiful and full of places waiting to be explored. Sure, we all say that one day, we will visit that stunning island we saw on the Travel Channel, or we'll fly to faraway places to learn about other cultures. What you won't believe is the latest way people are indulging their wanderlust: by exploration via inflatable boats, rafts, and inflatable kayaks.
In fact, we came across someone who is doing just that. We just read an inspirational story about a woman who got herself an inflatable kayak to make her way through Italy's picturesque waterways.
Really, she took her inflatable boat from place to place and popped it in the water every time she saw something new she wanted to see. She even got to see a marriage proposal as she glided down a river one Spring morning.
Pretty incredible considering she is from the United States and used her own kayak that she brought with her on the plane ride over.
You might be asking yourself, how’d she do this? How can I get one of these inflatable boats, rafts, or inflatable kayaks?
This is definitely a good question and one that has a pretty remarkable answer. For her, and for so many other people who love the outdoors, there are some inventive companies who strive to make explorations safe, affordable, and fun.
A really popular means for those who want to see cities from famous waterways like the Boston Harbor, the Greek Islands, or the Coast of Maine, is the inflatable kayak.
You know, it’s one thing to stroll along and look out onto a turquoise bay in Miami or a winding river in California, but let me tell you this. Putting yourself out there on the water with ease using a lightweight inflatable kayak gives you a whole different experience.
Like when our traveler to Italy used her inflatable kayak to follow the River Brenta to Padova alongside elegant summerhouses and villas belonging to Italian nobility.
When you experience these sites from the water, you connect in a way that let’s you dream about the history and the people of yesteryears. It makes you think about your own life and your plans for the future.
Whether you prefer the transportability and affordability of an inflatable kayak, or if you prefer a hard hull kayak, there is no doubt that we all stand to see incredible things along our journeys.
If you are comfortable with staying relatively local, and by this we mean strapping a heavy hard hull kayak to the roof of your car to wind down local waters, then this type of vessel would be right for you. Keep in mind that your investment will be significantly larger, and the cost of maintenance typically runs high.
Now, if you’d rather ease into your own outdoor adventures with a very safe and solidly built vessel that can accommodate more than one person plus lots of gear as well as seats for comfort, then an inflatable kayak is the way to go. Besides which, the cost is much easier on your wallet, and you’ll be able to take the boat with you anywhere.
So as you sit at your desk and ponder what the world has in store for you, think of yourself basking in the sun as you take your inflatable boat along the infamously clear waters of Eleuthera, all the time smiling inside as your worries melt away.
With only so many hours in the day and dollars in our wallets, we at Saturn Boats are always looking to waste as little as possible. Our line of inflatable watercraft really allow for the most efficient boating and fishing experience you can find, utilizing the minimum dollar and allowing for maximum time on the water. Though you can completely rig up on of our boats with a trailer and outboard motor and gas can, you also have the option of showing up, blowing up your boat, grab the pole and go.
If your boat is on the trailer you will find it easily loaded and unloaded, especially compared to a comparable (or incomparable) fiberglass or aluminum boat. Saturn inflatables are easier to maneuver under power, and easier to pull and push into place at the dock than their bulky cousins. Why spend so much time at the dock when you really want to be on the water, casting for that next meal or trophy?
Looking for the simplest approach to getting on the water, baiting instead of waiting?Show up to the beach, dock, marina, or that canal behind the house, pop the trunk and blow your boat up. Using the included oars or one of our trolling motors, you can be on those fish in minutes in stealthy fashion.
Choose from the roomy boats, with enough room for all your gear and buddies, especially perfect for a day of angling with the kids. Anyone looking for more speed and able to give up a little bit of space will really love the KaBoat, a hybrid between our traditional boat and a kayak. Lastly, the fisherman looking for the ultimate in stealth and maneuverability will be wanting to take a look at our line of kayaks.
Whatever your intentions for the day, no one wants to waste a minute of their recreation time trailering and priming a fishing trip. Saturn boats and kayaks will get you on the water easier than you ever imagined, at a price anyone can appreciate. We want you to struggle with that next fish, not buying the boat to land him.
I hope everyone got to take advantage of our recent good weather. Hurricane Isaac really put some fun waves on our shores this weekend, especially for my inflatable SUP from Saturn. There were some gnarly rips, and I took some nasty falls. Luckily the inflatable board does not hurt the old noggin like a fiberglass board. I got a few pics near Dania Pier posted below.
This week really showed the versatility of Saturns inflatable products. While other people were worried about tying their boats down or bringing in their hard SUPs from the yard so they did not blow away, mine was already rolled up in the car. The moment there was a break in the rain, I was right back at the beach ready to go. I would say I was the envy of everyone else out there, but there was not anyone else. They were too busy tying their boats down.
Between the versatility and portability of a board that fits in the trunk, and the added safety of a board that reduces the chance of injury, or getting wrecked in the mayhem of big waves, this board is the best. Fast to paddle out, super buoyant to catch the waves easily, and always on hand, the Saturn inflatable paddle board gets me on the water more often, having more fun.
I got an Sk470 15ft Kaboat a couple of months ago. This is my first and only inflatable boat, primarily to be used for fun around the harbor in my town on Long Island. Since it is my first and only boat, I had a bit of a learning curve. I quickly learned that boats are not the water equivalent of cars. Many more dynamics requiring many more considerations.
First the good news. Although I had only internet photos and info to base my decision on, my choice of the Saturn brand was either smart or lucky. I live in a town with lots of inflatable moored at the dock which gave me plenty to compare to, at least visually and on a tactile basis. I could see and touch lots of brands up close, and although this is new to me, quality seems to be fairly easy to determine with careful comparison. In the Saturn price range, the only brand that seemed to be a possible contender were some of the Sea Eagle models. I came close to a Sea Eagle purchase since they are produced close to my town. However, they seem to be quite limited in their retail showroom hours, so I would have ended up buying sight unseen anyway. That put me back on the internet sales route, and after receiving my Saturn and comparing it to the Sea Eagle models I've seen locally I'm glad I went with the Saturn. The Sea Eagle's look OK, but they ahve the look and feel of high quality toys rather that actual boats. I'm not knocking their brand, and they may have models that are more substantial that the ones I've seen.
My Saturn seems to be on quality par with brands like Zodiac and some of the other more high end brands. I continue to be very impressed with both the quality of materials used and the quality of build in my boat. It may be PVC, but the quality seems comparable to some of the Hypalon boats I've seen up close. I am very satisfied with the quality of my Saturn boat.
I chose the KaBoat Sk470 15' over the more traditional inflatable models for a couple of reasons. First of all, $699. for a 15' boat seemed like a hell of a lot of boat for the money, and second, my reasoning was that such a narrow beam would cut through the water more efficiently than a full beam width craft. On the face of it, my reasoning seemed to make sense; at least to someone with no boating experience. The realities were a little different than I had expected. I still think it's a lot of boat for the money, and it does move a lot faster than a standard width boat with the same size engine. What I had not considered was stability. I learned very quickly that a boat isn't a car on the water.
With a Tohatsu 6hp outboard and 2 people, I would guess I'm moving along at close to 20 mph. Just a guess, but I can tell you it moves pretty good. Even with 3 people it moves right along, I'd guess maybe 12 mph or so. But when I'm by myself, watch out! As soon as I get up on a plane I seem to lose all stability. I have to back the power way down and pray until I come off the plane, and even than it's dicey going more than maybe 6 or 8 mph. And even with passengers, I have to have everybody sit low, or it seems like I'm constantly fight to keep from yawing and tilting. And if the water is a little rough, things get a little scary. Now, I also have a 2hp Tohatsu I've used on this boat, and while it goes a lot slower, it seems to be much easier to control.
In spite of the above, I do love this boat. I love the quality, and although if I were to start over, I would pick a different Satern model, I am determined to sort out the control issues and come up with a fix. Weight distribution is certainly a factor, as is keeping a low center of gravity. I may end up sacrificing some performance and rigging up some form of outrigger or outside tube to give it a wider beam.
I set it up with a Bimini top, which I cut to a lower lever, and made snap in side panels with clear vinyl windows. I am currently making a front console steering system with front controls for shift and engine speed control. Being an inflatable, these changes require some creativity, but I think I just about have it licked. I'll keep you posted.
Bottom line on Saturn boats from my experience. Quality is better than I expected, on par with some much more expensive inflatables I've seen. The KaBoat is a different animal, but my experience with the 15' model may be quite different with the smaller size models. Still, I love it. I get a lot of complements on it, and am determined to make it much more stable and usable for my purpose. Good Luck!
After an early spring inventory sell out the Kaboats are finally back in stock.
We had an unexpected spike in demand over the first few months of 2012 and our large KaBoat supply quickly ran dry. We were quite happy to see the demand, but also very paranoid about inevitably running out of stock! We did eventually watch our warehouse run dry and even with large quantities being manufactured we could not keep up with demand.
Our Kaboat is one of my personal favorites and the reasons for me are because of the speed primarily, maneuverability second and efficiency third... Oh yeah, did I mention that these things roll up to fit in the trunk of my little Hyundai Accent with a nice cooler of beer and food???
The dragon boat style hull and thinner than normal boat design make for a boat that flies through the water using less horse power than those of you using dingies and rafts. Since it's less wide it simply goes into better spots in our local mangroves and is easy to maneuver where ever I go. Try rowing a full size dingy and get back to me!
The Kaboat is just a super cool boat and my boat of choice for just getting on the water and having a good time. Since I work here I should say that it is absolutely awesome for fishing and can get you from here to there faster, quieter and with more freedom than peoples other options.
And something else I can't forget to mention... The design of this boat is very rugged and stable; as stable as a full size inflatable. Yes, it's true, no kidding!
What is my favorite Kaboat you ask?
We finally did catch up on production of the KaBoats to meet the spike in demand and we now have every variety in stock. The truth is we can maintain the current ordering levels but if there is another spike we may be out of stock temporarily again. I strongly recommend this boat for a great time on the water with better speed and agility. I just love this boat, this KaBoat that is!
I am a Scientist who is currently doing research in various rivers around Florida. Many of these rivers are extremely narrow in some places and very hard to access by boat. I tried using a canoe, but scuffed past a tree and the thing overturned. This was a horrifying experience, because these waters are full of alligators. In my quest to find the best equipment for the job, I stumbled across a new invention made by a company called BoatsToGo. Their SK 430 Kaboat was just the thing that I needed. It is . The fact that is is essentially an inflatable boat, makes it portable lightweight and easy to transport. I can either paddle it, if I feel strong that day or attach a small outboard for lazy carefree cruising. What a great product!
From our inflatable boats to inflatable paddle boards to our ingenious Kaboats, BoatsToGo.com features the complete line of Saturn inflatable boats, kayaks, rafts, and other accessories. Each of our items are easy to assemble, as you simply unroll the boat and pump in air with the included hand pump or optional electric air inflator. To deflate the boat, simply open all air valves and start rolling the boat from the transom, or quickly suck all air out with an electric pump. Click to see how to deflate and fold your inflatable boat.
First of all - do not panic. Most inflatable boats, rafts and kayaks have several air chambers, and if one of chambers gets punctured, the boat will stay afloat due to the buoyancy of the remaining air chambers.
Inflatable air chambers are separated by internal baffles that keep chambers separate in case of accidental puncture, and designed to equalize air pressure between all interconnected chambers.
We suggest that you always carry on board the following items - Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for each passenger along with a whistle, a marine emergency radio to call the Coast Guard for help if necessary, a hand pump, piece of duct tape (Gorilla Tape) and a small bottle of acetone.
If boat gets punctured below the water line, there is nothing much you can do except for pumping air with a hand pump in order to slow down the air leak. Punctures in accessible places, inside the boat, can be temporarily fixed with a piece of duct or Gorilla tape. To insure a good seal, the area around the puncture should be cleaned with acetone before applying duct tape. After that, you can pump in air to slow down the escaping air, and get ashore as soon as possible.
Saturn Inflatable boats is excited to introduce their new revolutionary invention Kayak/Inflatable Boat Crossover - KaBoat. Patent Pending. This new and revolutionary product, is a crossover between an inflatable kayak and an inflatable boat - KaBoat! It can be used as a regular kayak, just paddling anywhere you want, ocean, bay, river or lake. If you get tired, use an electric or gas engine installed on marine grade plywood transom. The size of KaBoats starts from 12ft and goes up to 16ft. You can view Youtube videos and read more on their website at www.BoatsToGo.com. The 15 SK470 provides maximum space and comfort due to the larger distances between aluminum seats and extra space in the front bow. It's high buoyancy provides support for more cargo and passengers. Use the KaBoat as an inflatable boat with an outboard engine. It can take up to a 10 HP gas outboard engine or portable electric motor! If the battery charge or gas is low, then use as a kayak to paddle to your destination. You dont really need that big of an engine, even with a 3.5 HP engine, this boat will fly at 15-20 mph with 2 people." KaBoat is made using the same heavy-duty material that is used to make Saturn Inflatable boats. KaBoat has all the advantages of conventional inflatable boat but none of the disadvantages.