New to inflatable boats? Don’t know what to buy? Too many
products to choose from? We can help!
Inflatable boats selection should be based on several important
• How much money you can spend?
• Where to keep the boat when not in use?
• How to launch the boat in water?
• How many people will be in the boat?
• What outboard motor to use?
Saturn and BoatsToGo.com are offering the most affordable boats on
the US market. Our prices are less than competitors simply because
our business model is based on selling directly to the customers,
while most other brands sell through the dealer’s network, those
dealers artificially raise prices to create hefty profit margins for
a chain of middle men. Saturn inflatable boats vary in price from as
low as $525 to $1600.
In general, the larger boat size you can handle, the better! It
means more cargo, a more comfortable ride, more space in case you
have more guests aboard. There is a direct correlation between size
and the price. However, there are also other considerations to take
Where to keep the boat when not in use?
There are only 2 options for inflatable boats: It will either be
sitting in water most of the time, which is not really good for the
boat’s overall lifespan. Or, it will be taken out of water when not
If the boat will be sitting in water all the time, its hull will be
exposed to barnacles and algae will grow on the bottom, and rain
accumulation along with mildew will occur inside the boat. Tubes
will be exposed to direct sunlight and heat for prolonged periods of
time. PVC boats are not as suitable for prolonged exposure to the
heat, humidity and sunlight as more expensive boats made of Hypalon
fabric. So, there is a tradeoff between price and durability of the
PVC inflatable boat in the long run. If you plan to use inflatable
boat dinghy for live aboard or towing it all over the World behind
your main ship, leaving it on a dock uncovered, then your best
choice would be the other brand of boats made of more expensive
Hypalon fabric. This is not a secret, but all PVC boats of any brand
or make have limitation due to heat and humidity exposure. If
someone telling you otherwise, they are lying.
If the inflatable boat is taken out of the water then there also
only 2 options: It either will be deflated and folded for storage or
placed on a boat trailer for transportation and storage.
If the boat will be temporary folded for storage, it means that boat
will be used occasionally, from time to time. It is highly
recommended to keep the PVC inflatable boat that is not in use in a
well-ventilated, shaded are, such as garage or under tarp shade. If
the wet boat will be deflated, folded and closed in a locker box
somewhere in Florida that is exposed to heat for prolonged period of
time, humidity inside the box will eventually get into the wood and
If the boat will be kept on a trailer, such as Jet Ski trailer, or
small boat trailer, it is highly recommended to either keep it set
up in a garage or car port or under some kind of shade. Even a tarp
spread overhead using ropes will provide some kind of protection
against direct exposure to harmful elements. If garage or shade is
not available, then boat cover must be used to extend PVC boat
lifespan. So, therefore ask yourself, how and where you going to
keep boat when it is out of the water?
If you live in a condo, have small storage space or will be using
boat with your RV vehicle, then you should definitely consider
inflatable boat with air floor. If your storage space is limited,
then you should consider inflatable boat variation – KaBoat. This is
most portable type of boat with a motor transom on a market today!
If you are looking for easiest way to assemble the boat, then go
with a high pressure air floor. If you’re going to keep and
transport the inflatable boat in a trunk of your sedan car, then
choose a KaBoat as the most portable option. If you have extra space
in your SUV or Minivan, then choose a KaBoat or a larger SD series
motor boat up to
inflatable dinghy SD290. If you have a truck and can keep a
deflated boat in a garage, then you can afford a
11’ SD330 or larger
Boats with an air deck are
Provides a firm walking
surface. Stand on it, walk on
it, jump on it!
You can forget the
mechanical assembling of the
boat - just inflate to make it
Planes faster & more easily
than comparable aluminum deck
boats because of its light
weight and rigidity
Air deck boats absorbs
vibration better and is more
comfortable to kneel on compared
Boats flex just enough to
absorb wakes and waves
Boat with an aluminum or
plywood deck is heavier than a
boat with an air deck.
Makes the boat stiffer and
Better performance with
larger HP motors (9.8HP and
Highly recommended for all
models larger than SD365, especially if you
wish to "plane" your boat at
Deck can't be punctured,
torn or ripped
Designed for those boats
that will only be inflated and
deflated once or twice a season
We recommend the high pressure Air Floor:
If you planning to inflate
and deflate your boat often
If you are concerned about
overall boat weight
If you are looking to be
"mobile", the air deck is
lighter, deflates and folds
We recommend the Hard Floor:
If you are concerned about
overall boat weight but want the
features of the air deck deck.
If you will regularly have
sharp objects on the deck of the
boat (to include large dogs over
if you will keep your boat
inflated most of the time
How to launch inflatable boat in water:
If you are planning to inflate and use the boat for only 1 or 2
days, then we highly recommend inflatable boats with high pressure
air floors. Assembly and disassembly of a boat with an inflatable
floor is much easier and quicker than boat with a hard floor, such
as with aluminum or plywood.
If you need a larger boat and will be keeping it inflated for 2 days
or longer, then you can consider inflatable boats with hard floors.
The assembly of a hard floor boat is better done with help, and
requires some practice to do it quickly.
The following Saturn boats come standard with high pressure air
Inflatable Dinghy SD230
Inflatable Dinghy SD260
Inflatable Dinghy SD290
Inflatable Boats SD330
Inflatable Boats SD365
Inflatable KaBoat SK396
Inflatable KaBoat SK430
Inflatable KaBoat SK470
Inflatable KaBoat SK487
These Saturn boats come with hard floor:
Inflatable Boats SD385
Inflatable Boats SD430
Inflatable Boats SD470
What is the difference between an air and hard floor? The air floor
is already inside the boat and all it needs to be assembled is to
unroll the boat and inflate all air chambers including the floor.
The air floor is also removable in case if it needs repairs or
Hard floors come in 4 or 5 separate pieces stored separately from
boat tubes. The hard floor is heavy and requires some assembly
steps. It is best to be used in a boat that is assembled most of the
time and/or kept on trailers. All you need is to find the nearest
boat launching ramp and push the boat from a trailer into the water.
Hard floors are more rigid and durable than air floors. You can
puncture the air floor with sharp object such as broken glass,
fishing hook, knife, etc. However, you can protect the air floor
from accidental punctures by cutting out and placing piece of vinyl
flooring from your local hardware store over the air floor, inside
the boat. When fully inflated air floor is very rigid, about 80-90%
as rigid as plywood or aluminum floor. In most cases rigidity of the
air floor is more than enough for flawless boat operation and use.
Air floors can be inflated up to 10psi. And in most boats, properly
inflatable keel provides additional rigidity to the air floor.
We also offer 1 model
inflatable boat SS260 with semi-rigid slatted floor.
This boat is not designed for high speeds and most suitable as an
affordable small dinghy or for lake fishing on a budget.
How many people will be in a boat?
All Saturn inflatable boats have a maximum person capacity posted in
technical specification tables of corresponding boat model web
pages. Maximum capacity will mean the maximum number of persons that
can be safely squeezed into the boat and transported from point A to
point B in a safe manner of operation. For example, you can bring
the maximum number of persons from the main ship to the shore or
transport during emergency rescue. However, for comfortable use of
boat, without bumping into each other, it is advised to divide
maximum person capacity in half. For example, 11’ SD330 boat can
squeeze maximum of 5 persons. 2 people can sit side by side on front
bench, 2 on rear, and 1 in front. Even more people can fit into the
boat if sitting on the tubes instead of benches. But, this set up
will not be exactly comfortable for hours of fishing on a river or
lake. Two or tree medium frame people can fit into this size boat
really comfortably for long rides or fishing. Therefore you should
consider how many people will be using boat most of the time and
divide maximum boat capacity in half for long and comfortable ride
What outboard motor to use:
Most inflatable boats come with rowing oars. If you are going to use
the boat on a lake, pond or slow river, rowing oars might be more
than enough. If you want to go slightly faster than rowing, you can
purchase an electric motor, which can also act on slow speeds as a
“row-assist”, making rowing somewhat easier. However, if you want to
go fast, long distances or use the boat in large rivers or ocean or
windy bays, you might want to get gas outboard motor. In general,
the lighter the motor, the easier it is to handle. All new 4 stroke
motors are heavier than older type
2 stroke motors that still can be
found on local classifieds and Craigslist.com
All Saturn inflatable boats have a maximum motor power ratings
posted in the technical specification tables of corresponding boat
model web pages. Max outboard motor means maximum power of outboard
motor that can be safely used to plane the boat loaded to the
maximum capacity at normal water surface conditions. However, you
don’t need to have the maximum motor capacity to go fast. About 75%
of max motor capacity will easily put boat on a plane and fly at
very nice speeds. For example, 9.9HP motor will really fly
Saturn SD330 boat with maximum rating of 15HP. 25HP motor will fly
15’ SD470 at about 20 miles per hour, even though this size boat is
rated to up to 40HP max. Do not over do it. Less power rating motors
will cost less, will weigh less, will be easier to install/remove
and will use less gas. Therefore, when selecting larger boats, 13’
and up, with hard floor and big outboard motor, please take in
account if you will have someone to help you to assemble boat,
install motor and lunch it into the water. And then take it out of
Click on infographics below to zoom in.
This infographic will help you to
choose right model of Saturn inflatable boat based on
budge, transportation and storage considerations,
maximum persons capacity and outboard ratings.
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