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Whitewater Rafting with My Dad

Posted by   Eliot
05/11/2014
Rafting in river raft with dad

When I was 15 years old, my dad took me on a father son trip. We rented a raft, scheduled a tour with some other families that we had never met, and set off on a weekend whitewater rafting journey. When we hit our first small rapids, we were hooked. Now, many years later, my dad and I try to go on at least 2-3 whitewater rafting trips with each other every single year. And each time, we enjoy ourselves just as much as we did on our first time out.

Obviously, my dad and I have become much better whitewater rafters than we were that first time out. We challenge bigger rapids, handle our boat better, and work better as a team. But those aren’t the only differences between our current trips and our first trip. The biggest difference is that we bought our own inflatable whitewater raft, the Saturn RD290 Commercial Grade Whitewater Mini Raft. Now we no longer have to rent boats and go out with tour groups. We are free to adventure on our own whenever we want and wherever we want.

When my dad and I first looked into buying our own inflatable raft, our number one priority was high-level performance. And in this category, the RD290 is at the top of the heap. It was designed with an extra high rocker that provides an exhilarating ride out on the rapids. This inflatable boat is lightweight, fast, and easy to maneuver, helping it outperform a lot of the heavier, bulkier inflatable rafts on the market. The 9.6’ size is perfect for squeezing through tight spaces or handling Class III+ rapids, while providing enough space for the two of us and our gear to fit comfortably. And as a bonus, this inflatable boat doubles perfectly as a fishing boat for those off days when we just want to relax and unwind out on the water.

The next on the list of our inflatable raft priorities was durability. And in this area, the RD290 is one of the best. The tubes on this inflatable raft are made of heavy-duty 1,100 Dtex High Strength PVC that’s coated on both sides. That means the fabric this boat is made up of is very thick, making it extremely resistant to punctures, rips, and abrasions. Plus, the detachable floor make and replacements or repairs extremely easy and quick.

Another great benefit that the Saturn RD290 Commercial Grade Whitewater Mini Raft provides is portability. Believe it or not, this inflatable raft is easily deflated, fitting right into the trunk of your car. My dad and I love this since we can just pack up, toss our boat in the trunk, and be on our way in no time. Plus, when we want to go adventuring in another part of the country or overseas, we can pack our boat up and check it onto a plane like luggage. We have done this a bunch of times, and I can never get over just how easy it is to travel with our inflatable raft.

For more information about the RD290 inflatable whitewater raft and mny other top of the line inflatable boats, check out BoatsToGo.com. That’s where we bought our RD290, and the experience has been great.