I am very pleased with my new 12ft inflatable. It tracks well and is very secure feeling even in whitecaps. The larger size tubes are satisfying. Your product is a terrific one that costs sustantially less than the market brands, but offers compar
James, BC11/18/2012, 11:48 AM
Finally, I still love the SD365. I keep it at my condo on the coast of British Columbia and take it on short trips up and down the Pacific coast, including 30 miles up fiords. I also use it for crab trapping. I think I use it more than my big boat. Last Friday in the early evening, my wife and I took to a seal island just outside of Half Moon Bay to watch seals playing with each other before putting it away for the season. The boat cover will really help keep it clean as I leave it in the water throughout the summer. Thank you once again for all of your help!
James C.10/18/2012, 04:45 AM
Thanks you for a wonderful product. I am absolutely amazed at the quality for the price, or even the quality at any price. I am very glad I used Boats to Go for my Saturn 290 tender!
Damon P.06/02/2012, 08:30 AM
Hey guys, I wanted to write a follow up to a review I had written about 5 or 6 years ago when I bought my inflatable from you. When I first got my AM365 inflatable boat about 6 years ago, I remember being impressed with the way it looked.... BOMBPROOF!!! Just all around good, solid, well thought out construction. But the real test has been the 6 years since then. I have put this boat through every possible crazy, nasty situation you can put one through, and it looks almost new. Other than a few scuff marks from slamming into a rock, a coral head or a tree, it would be hard to tell it from a new one. I use it all the time, but if it is not used for 2 or 3 weeks, I cover it with a tarp. Not even a high dollar cover, just a plastic tarp. I also let a little air out of all the tubes to reduce the constant pressure. I'm sure these little measures have helped it last also, but the quality construction is the main reason.I had a Zodiac inflatable boat before this and within the first 3 years the glue at the seams started changing color...very ugly. 6 years in and the AM365 dingy is still in MINT condition. I'm about to upgrade to a larger model, and I'm not even going to bother looking at any other companies. You've always been there to answer my questions, and any need I have is handled immediately. I am definitely a customer for life....thank you so much for all of your help...
Randy C.04/30/2012, 06:31 AM
I recently purchased a 12 ft. Saturn inflatable boat model SD365. This was an internet purchase, sight unseen. I pondered, shopped, and fretted for a month before taking the plunge. Specifically, I wanted an inflatable dinghy for my 36 ft. Mainship, which had no tender davit or even a really good place for one. The ability to bring the inflatable boat aboard, somehow, was very attractive from an operational standpoint. I've learned through several boat purchases over my lifespan that any boat you own only gets smaller with use. The maximum size that would not exceed the beam of my Mainship was the 12 ft. model SD365. I can single handedly roll this baby (120 lbs. wet) onto the swim platform davits that I installed.Launching the darling from this setup is as easy as untying your shoe. Initially I tried a 3.5 hp 4 cycle (38 lbs.) which was actually OK, except that it only had a 12 oz. self contained fuel tank. Fine, if you want ultimate portability and only want to run from anchor to the shore several times. Not fine, if you want to take your dink down the bayou (Biloxi, MS) to a dockside restaurant and back. Upped it to a 9.8, 4 cycle (89 lbs.) with a regular 3 gal. external fuel tank. Much better, except now I have to use a motor hoist instead of just doing it strong arm style. Always a tradeoff, yes? With the 9.8, and a self-installed planning fin, she pops up quickly and stays on plane at a relatively low speed. I like that.High speed performance with two aboard is adequate. I would have to guess...15 knots? Maybe 18. It's a guess. A rigid bottom would provide higher top speeds, but at a significant price and weight penalty. Hey, it's a dink!! I imagine a 15 hp motor would provide thoroughly satisfying top speed with two aboard. I just couldn't go the extra weight (115 lbs.). As with anything this light, passenger placement can have fairly dramatic effects. After a few experiments, and affirmations to my passenger regarding her dietary success, I found the correct configuration for both planning and cruise. The seaworthiness of the Saturn inflatable boat design has altered my thinking to the point that I'm certain I'll use her for fishing the offshore islands.Towing her behind my Mainship or on the swim platform should be a no-brainer. The BP oil spill will doubtless test her ability to withstand petroleum products. An update will follow once she's been exposed to that environment. I'm probably in for some kind of warranty breach there, I'm sure. Furthermore, I'm convinced that this thing just will not flip. YOU might fly out, so make sure that you wear your engine shut-off lanyard. When fun time is over and she has to get out of the pool, I've learned to open the valves, get off, and then I can haul her onto my back deck by hand.Please consider that I am 55 yrs. young, of slight build, and it is measurably a 12 foot lift from the water to the top of my deck rail. The fact that I can do it repeatedly, without going to the hospital, is a true testament to the portability of the design. I usually sit down for a cocktail shortly afterwards. I like to savor my accomplishments. And don't leave my inflatable boat in water for more than a week...barnacles. SO, WHAT DO I THINK OF MY PURCHASE? Wise choice! I'm certain that there are comparable quality inflatable boats out there, but at this price...NOT! 12' Saturn inflatable boat is a good value and I'm the critical type. Glad I didn't go smaller. The inflatable floor works well and is lighter than the more complicated, and expensive, rigid floor. Maybe the motor mount could be a half inch higher, but what do I know. Being fairly well seasoned I have developed a skeptical eye, and don't give praise automatically. Saturn dinghy is well built. Seams and attachments appear to be top quality. This inflatable boat appears to be well engineered. I'm a commercial pilot and thusly aware of the trade offs that must be made between performance, utility, comfort, and price. The SD365 inflatable raft is excellent quality at an excellent price.Also, this is my first inflatable, so discovering that I can load 5 people plus 400 lbs. of gear is just mind boggling. It's the buoyancy factor. What a safety margin this thing possesses. My previous 14 ft. fiberglass skiff could hold 2 guys plus, maybe, a verbal message. The ability to take a 30 hp motor I find a little scary, but it speaks volumes about the capability engineered into this delightful, inflatable boat shaped, bobbing cork. I consider the bright red color to be an added safety bonus. It is exceptionally visible, even eye grabbing. Not getting run over by anything is highly desirable to me. At dockside, people (kids especially) think it is just plain cute.Strangers have asked if they could go for a ride to see what it was like. My inexperience with inflatables may have caused me to be a little cautious about inflation pressures. Evidently I was going too low because I ran into engine cavitation issues as well as a disconcerting floor deformation phenomenon. A passenger asked me if an orca was trying to surface underneath us. After reading through BoatsToGo.com website's FAQ's it became obvious that I had merely under inflated everything. With only a modest pressure increase I had a properly performing inflatable boat.So you ask: Do you leave your 12 ft. Saturn SD365 on your big inflatable boat? Ummmm no, it's in a closet in my condo. It actually folded up and fit into the well designed canvas storage bag that came with it. Perhaps I've become jaded by years of marketing hype that usually fails to deliver as advertised. I just stood there and stared at it with incredulity after in fit on the first try. This kind of thing doesn't happen to me. Another cocktail and savor the accomplishment. Regarding my Saturn inflatable boat I will say this: THE MORE I DO IT THE MORE I LIKE IT!
firstname.lastname@example.org/13/2012, 07:03 AM
I work on all inflatables, and when I ordered a sd330 I was think I would going to get junk and my boss told me for the money I would get junk! but when I opened my boat Im very convient this is going to be and last a long time. to bad for my boss he spen
Brian S.03/09/2012, 05:03 AM
I'm still very happy with my Saturn. I've had it 4 years, used it for 3 and it still looks like new. I keep it fully inflated on the trailer inside my garage so I'm sure that helps.
Bob, New York.02/17/2012, 03:03 AM
I guess you hear this quite often, but I thought you might like to hear it again. After inflating, deflating and packing my SD260 it became evident that I made a wise purchase. I was expecting that deflating and packing my SD260 would be a chore, not so. The design of the carry bag is ingenious. Although a bit heavy for a 155 lb senior citizen, it can be done. At least to my car! It's a bit (VERY) cold in New York right now, however, as soon it gets warmer I am going to hit the water. I have been kayaking for years, now that I am 70 a motor is a plus.
Earle W. Passaic, NJ01/30/2012, 06:32 AM
I bought my Saturn SD330 inflatable boat in the spring or late winter 2011, through careful research I compared it to all other inflatable boats i.e. Zodiac, Avon, Archilles and such, but they were way out of my price range and by accident I stumbled upon the BoatsToGo.com website. I read the reviews of other Saturn owners, who also owned these big name brands like Zodiac and such and as they compared their Saturn inflatable boats to those brands it seems they prefer the Saturn much more. For me the Saturn was an affordable way to start boating, I live in an apartment, so I have no driveway or garage to store a hard boat, this is where Saturn came in, affordability, easy to store and quality drove me to the Saturn. Though I wanted a much bigger boat for my family of 6, it was a little beyond my price range. I’m an avid fisherman, but I find it inconvenient to fish from a pier or the shore, I wanted to go where the fish was and not wait for the fish to come where I was. The previous year, my wife and I, drove down the NJ shore and fished off a pier, we did not catch anything. First the place I bought my rigs sold rigs with dull hooks and the crowd on the pier was annoying to say the least. Tangled line with other fishermen was a problem for me. Not so this year. I first tested my new Saturn dinghy on a local reservoir, arrived at the launch site, inflated my Saturn with the High Pressure Pump that I had purchased separately and launched out into the water. I must say what a difference, I fished one section of the reservoir and did not even get a bite, moved along to another section and starting catching fish, I mounted a 55lb thrust trolling motor to my Saturn and had no problems moving from spot to spot. When I feel crowded by other boaters, I will move to a different spot with ease. This to me is a great advantage as an angler. I’m currently looking for a small outboard gas motor so that I can fish in the estuaries down the shore. My Saturn can handle up to a 15 hp outboard motor. I’m looking forward to this Spring, I’m taking her out on a clamming trip to the lower Navesink river in Red Bank, N.J. to start my year out on the bay. Then later on when the water warms up, we will do some crabbing. My Saturn has opened up so many wonderful opportunities for me, I’m really happy with my Saturn, this boat is tough as Kevlar. And I believe that if I take care of my Saturn it will last for years to come. The only down side to my Saturn SD330 inflatable boat is it’s not big enough for my whole family. So to solve that problem, I would take the boys (age 12 and 14) fishing, then I would take my girls (ages 14 and 15) on another day, so everyone will have a turn on the water. Most of all when the kids are in school, my wife and I would go out on our trip. Fishing, crabbing and clamming is what we are about. Thanks to BoatsToGo.com, I’ve realized a long-time dream of owning my own boat!
Dan D. Florida.12/16/2011, 07:46 AM
Hey guys, I got my Saturn SD470 about a year and a half ago and have put close to 200hrs on it. I have to say I love this boat. I mostly snorkel and free dive off Palm Beach with it, but last May I took it to the Bahamas. We stopped to clear customs in the east end and then continued towards Lucaya.It took about six hours to make Atlantic crossing from Boynton inlet to Bahamas on this boat. We were planing on towing it over behind the big boat but the morning we left the ocean was dead calm so I decided that I would use it as a scout boat to see if we could find any boards floating, with fish on them. We did, caught some dolphin and made the 90 or so mile trip to Freeport without a problem.The best part was we made the trip over on about 6 gallons of gas. I have a Yamaha F25 four stroke, and we weren't setting any speed records, but you cannot beat that. The boat will do about 15kt loaded down with 6 people plus a large cooler I use for a seat and all our snorkeling gear. Alone it does about 20kt, not bad. I keep mine covered and had one hole in it from a rogue barnacle at the doc, easy repair though, even at sea with the included patch kit. Love the boat, and would recommend it to anyone on a budget looking for a very sea worthy boat.