"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.
To learn more about which type of inflatable boat is right for you, visit us at http://BoatstoGo.com or give us a call at 866.299.7740.
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!
Last summer I went on a safari in Eastern Africa. We went to three different countries on ou trip Kenya, Congo and Uganda. The last stop on the trip was to a place called Ginga, which has been long debated as being the source of the Nile River. We took a 2 hour Whitewater rafting trip along the Nile River and it was one of the best times of my life. After this experience, I was hooked. I contacted the rafting guide to find out more about the rafts that they use and what a good entry level raft would be for me and my budget. He recommended a company called BoatsToGo, who make the brand Saturn Inflatable Boats. They sell all sorts of watersports products as well as rafts. I purchased their 13ft RD390 about three years ago. I has taken a huge beating and withstands the test of time like a champ. I'd recommend this raft to anyone!
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.
"Just finished my holidays and I was 4 weeks in the wilderness with inflatable KaBoat. The boat served well, and I was able to go to places that were earlier impossible. I was expecially impressed with the performance of the inflatable boat when coming down whitewater by rowing. I used only one seat (for driving), and I had some stuff on the floor to sit on when rowing. It worked well. Some photos of my trip: ttp://11syyskuu.net/sieltajostakin.htm However some negative aspects were also found. Both the tailboard and the bow are too low for whitewater rafting. The tailboard is about 6-8 cm too low, and that means that in low water areas the motor hits the bottom more easily. The low bow means difficulties when going upstream in rapids (when pulling with rope in quite a steep current), or when you are caught in a lake with high wind and waves. When struck with a wave, the bow takes in a lot of water. The four black fins on the bottom are also a problem, because they are always stuck with stones in shallow water. They may help somewhat when pulling with rope upstream. But, my testing of this inflatable boat is in a quite heavy use. Maybe much heavier than what the boat was intented for. Still, I hope you find my experiences interesting and usefull. Best regards, Hannu"
"Many new companies offer sales information all about inflatable boats including used inflatable boats, second hand Inflatable boats and rigid inflatable boats. Accessories for inflatable boats are also big sellers. Inflatable boats and rigid inflatable boats are significantly popular in Spain and the rest of Europe. More and more people devoted to sailing, make the inflatable boat market grow significantly every year. Don’t forget that there is a large market for second hand dinghies. Many people want to sell their rubber dinghies to purchase new ones or upsize, downsize, etc. When prices are more affordable on inflatable boats, people are much more willing to upgrade their old Inflatables for new ones. For a little more money, you can enjoy better performance without losing much of the investment in the purchase of an inflatable boat. Rigid inflatable boats also known as RIBs are a big part of the equipment needed to fish or to go diving. Also, keep in mind that you can always negotiate the price of a second hand inflatable boat, since in most cases the seller is willing to negotiate a price reduction of the inflatable boat. "
Also visit www.BoatsToGo.com for their wide variety of Saturn dinghies and Saturn inflatble boats. If you need a dinghy for your sail boat or just looking to replace a current inflatable boat, the quality of Saturn boats and price cannot be beat. Their friendly customer service will help you choose the best boat for your boating needs. They also provide a wide selection of accessories. It is one stop shopping place.
While there are many beautiful places to enjoy Saturn inflatable rafts, Costa Rica is a particularly nice rafting destination. For a great day of inflatable rafting enjoyment, go to the rapids of the tropical forests of Costa Rica. These rapids are fed by waters of the volcano poás, the Toro River coils 13 kilometers of dramatic landscape and enthusiasm of heart pumping excitement. The Toro River offers some of best rapids of Costa Rica with great waves, fast turns and continued rapids. Board your inflatable raft and coast through the part of East of Costa Rica, while passing gorgeous plantations of beautiful grenadine, papayas and of yucca, set with the Volcano Sandy ground at heart. Once you’ve reached your destiny, trained guides, will give you an overview of the guidelines to familiarize you with the rapids. Have a great time, while exercising proper safety precautions. The guides have been excellently trained in helping inexperienced rafters.
Boatstogo.com manufacturer of Saturns boats offers a wide variety of Saturn inflatable boats and Saturn inflatable rafts. Whitewater river rafts that handle between 8-10 people, all the more reason to take your entire family on fun adventure.
"Many new companies offer sales information all about inflatable boats including used inflatable boats, second hand Inflatable boats and rigid inflatable boats. Accessories for inflatable boats are also big sellers. Inflatable boats and rigid inflatable boats are significantly popular in Spain and the rest of Europe. More and more people devoted to sailing, make the inflatable boat market grow significantly every year. Don’t forget that there is a large market for second hand dinghies. Many people want to sell their rubber dinghies to purchase new ones or upsize, downsize, etc. When prices are more affordable on inflatable boats, people are much more willing to upgrade their old Inflatables for new ones. For a little more money, you can enjoy better performance without losing much of the investment in the purchase of an inflatable boat. Rigid inflatable boats RIB inflatable boats are a big part of the equipment needed to fish or to go diving. Also, keep in mind that you can always negotiate the price of a second hand inflatable boat, since in most cases the seller is willing to negotiate a price reduction of the inflatable boat. "