"Hello! I just wanted to let you know how surprisingly pleased I am with my purchase of the Saturn 330 stand up paddle board. I had been researching boards because I wanted to take an SUP on my vacation to Costa Rica. I was also researching the cost of transporting the boards as well as any airlines that would allow them to be shipped as oversized cargo. What I discovered was that there was only 1 airline that would ship a 10 1/2 ft. board and it was going to be $150 each way. Ridiculous...especially since we planned to take one for each of the 3 family members traveling.
Reluctantly, I started looking at inflatable SUP's, but wasn't going to spend a ton of cash on a board that I might ultimately be unhappy with. Saturn SUP's seemed to be the best price, so I thought I'd take a chance and buy one. If the board was good enough, then I'd get two more for my other family members.
The paddle board came with a manual inflator. I opted not to get the electric one because as I said, I expected to not be satisfied with the inflatable version of the SUP. The manual version does take a bit more time and effort, but I was able to inflate it close to the recommended 10 psi. I also took some shock cord and utilized the d-rings on the board to hold my paddle and a small cooler. I headed out on the water and was quite surprised at how well the board handled. While I have experience with paddle boarding, my husband and son did not, but it only took a short time for them to gain their "sea legs" and be able to stand up to paddle. The board is perfect for beginning and intermediate paddle boarding. I've already had a lot of people asking me about the board...where I got it, what I paid, etc. I expect you'll be seeing more sales from Southern Wisconsin! "
"Here’s my 2 cents on the Saturn sot365 stand up paddle board. I got this last summer for our trip up to Canada’s cottage country in Northern Ontario. We stayed at our friends’ cottage on a beautiful lake. I was reluctant to use their motor boat as other friends of theirs almost ruined the 2-stroke motor by not adding outboard motor oil to the gas and I also was not familiar with the hazards of the lake like rocks and shallow areas; so I thought that bringing a paddle board would give me freedom to explore. Setting the board up was pretty easy though at first I had the valve in the open position (down) so that when I removed the pump connector, air leaked out of the board making it a bit soft. When it’s not pumped hard enough it is harder to keep your balance. I pumped more air into the board, but this time with the valve in the up position so that the air didn’t come out when you removed the pump connector. It was much easier to balance when it was hard. As soon as I got it to the water my 13 year old daughter grabbed it and hogged it for 45 minutes. She took to it immediately and was paddling my wife around the little bay that the cottage was on. They took turns paddling while the other just used the board as a floating sun-bathing platform. I was impatient to get my turn as it was my idea in the first place. Finally they came back in. It took a little getting used to because you are using different muscles in your legs to balance; however the more I was on it the easier it became. The paddling is also different from canoe paddling, which I was familiar with. I found that if I tried to pull too hard it would throw me off balance or it would make the board turn too much. It was better to use a long, smooth stroke with less power. Another strange thing that I found was that when I paddled on the right side, I could almost go straight without having to paddle much on the left. The same was not true paddling on the left so I guess my stroke is not symmetrically equal on each side.
If I wanted to paddle hard, I went on my knees which I did every once in a while if I wanted to go fast. This also gave the stand-up balancing muscles in my legs a chance to have a rest though it probably worked other balancing muscles in the back and thighs. It was easy to go distances that I could never swim. I explored a little island and all along the shoreline of this lake. Later I borrowed our friends’ kayak paddle and went even farther. It was very easy to spend 2-3 hours on this board. If I got a little tired, I just laid down on it on my back and relaxed (don’t forget sunblock and hat). Over a 7 day period, I paddled around at least twice a day every day. When I came back and weighed myself, I had lost 4-5 pounds! It’s a good workout. Let me hasten to add, I am not particularly athletic; I am a slightly over weight 63 year old.
Another thing that I wanted to mention was that flying with the paddle board was not a big deal. I was worried that the airline would count it as oversize baggage and charge me an extra fee; however they did not. I bundled the board bag tightly with rope and fashioned a carrying handle using the longest section of the breakdown paddle. The ends of the paddle tube were covered with split tennis balls taped to the ends so as not to cut other peoples’ baggage (or our hands). My wife or daughter would take one end of the makeshift handle and I the other end. Our other free hand rolled a carry-on.
My mind is boggling at the possibilities of paddling all over the world. The islands off Thailand, Hawaii, the Seine River in Paris, the canals of Venice, the Greek Islands. My wife thinks I’m nuts, but I’m determined to do at least two of these. With kayak rentals running $15/hr or $75/ day, I’ll be saving money. Yeah I know, I’m a penny pincher."
"My family has a beach flat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and
I have wanted to take a stand-up paddleboard down there to leave. The problem is
that it is very difficult to check a board on the airlines longer than 9’2.”
Here in Las Vegas fall 2011, I saw some inflatable boards in the 11’ range
starting out @ $550 that seemed like a perfect solution. I did a little research
on the net and found that the cheapest solution was an 11’ Saturn SOT 330, which
I ordered Nov. 2011 from Boats To Go. I paid $349 for the
board and $49 for the paddle plus shipping for each.
When I received it, I found that it was made in Korea. This was not a disappointment as I had done some white-water rafting in Costa Rica and found the Korean-made rafts to be very durable even with repeated scraping over rocks and trees/strainers.
I inflated the board with the manual pump that was enclosed and was able to get to nearly 9 p.s.i. The “Naru” valve system is very good in that very little air is lost when the inflating hose is detached and it seems to hold air well for a prolonged amount of time due to the spring loaded valve system.
Here in Southern Nevada, even though we are in a desert we have several lakes that are year-round accessible for water sports. I had so much fun stand-up paddling on my SOT 330 that I went three times in the first five days. Even in December, without a wetsuit I like to go out anytime that I have a long lunch break. I first tried stand-up paddling in Maui July 2010, where the ocean presents a much steeper learning curve.
The bottom of the SOT 330 is smooth which would appear to more apt to catch ocean waves than some of the more expensive inflatable boards with fancy-looking decks and corrugated bottoms. It has the look of a raft with the rings along the periphery, but this is simply more practical for securing items without sacrificing performance. The Naru valve cap elastic is even great for securing flip-flops/slippers/”slips” near the nose of the board!
The collapsible paddle from Boats To Go was shipped separately and extends to nearly 7’, yet folds up to fit in the box in which the SOT 330 was shipped. This paddle works great maneuvering and powering through the water! The SOT 330 is great for being transported in any vehicle providing that one brings the manual pump along. The orange bag is great for holding all the gear. I love the kitsch “SATURN” (with accompanying ringed-planet) logo on the bag and board!
If not for the legal ramifications, I’d love to paddle the SOT 330 around the Bellagio fountains or any Las Vegas Strip pool navigating through bikinis. I have some friends who are identical twins from Long Beach, CA who took their collapsible two-piece foam surfboards to Stonehenge to pose for pictures after surfing at Cornwall, England. That might be an idea for the Saturn SOT 330 prior to its final destination in Puerto Vallarta, only 300 yards from where the original “Love Boat” cruise scenes were filmed. It could inspire new episodes. ; )"