Manufacturer of Saturn Inflatables Since 1999

16' Inflatable Boats SD488

5 Air Chambers. Heat Welded Seams!

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MSRP: $3,598.00  
Available for preorder

16' SATURN SD488 Heavy-Duty Inflatable Motor Boats.

New 2023 model comes with 5 air chambers for extra safety, German Heytex PVC fabric, Heat Welded Seams and Fiberglass Covered Transom. These extra features makes SD488 ideal rescue boat for emergency services, as well as regular use.

Great Inflatable Boat for Fire and Emergency Rescues, for Floods and Swiftwaters operations.

New SD488 inflatable boats are made of premium 1,100 Dtex heavy-duty PVC fabric with polyester support which has excellent resistance to tearing, tension and breaking. The 5-layer thick construction's outer layer, protects the boat against UV rays, ozone and abrasion, and inner layers provide perfect strength and adhesion. Double layers of fabric at the bottom of the tubes and a rub-strake protector along the keel provide extra protection from sharp rocks and abrasive sand. The safety valve will prevent excessive air pressure in the boat's chambers.

Saturn SD488 inflatable motor boat for pleasure cruising

SD488 motor boat equipped with pair of emergency T-paddles, 3 aluminum bench seats and soft carry handles. Durability and safety of SD488 model not only valuable for rescue management operations, but also great for everyday use, fishing, commercial operations or pleasure cruising. Saturn inflatable boats now come standard with a heavy-duty aluminum floor. Floor installation steps are here.

Saturn inflatable boat used in rescue during flood.

Saturn boat used during flood rescue


  • Separate internal air chambers.
  • One-way drain valve with plug.
  • All around, durable rubber strike.
  • Safety valve to prevent over inflation.
  • Front D-ring with integral lifting handle.
  • Reliable Halkey-Roberts flat valves design.
  • Double layer of fabric at the bottom of tubes.
  • Deep inflatable V-keel with a rub strake protector.
  • Heavy-duty aluminum floor with aluminum floor frames. Floor installation steps are here
  • Extremely rigid, lightweight hull for excellent performance.
  • 1100-denier reinforced PVC fabric with polyester support.
  • Heavy-duty marine grade plywood transom for outboard motor.
  • Rowing oars removed due to wider size and 4th bench also removed to match other models.
  • Equipment: repair kit, 2 carry bags, 1 set of T-paddles and 3 aluminum bench seats.
  • Free, complimentary generic high-volume hand pump is included.
  • For the list of optional available Accessories please click here.

Customer's videos of Saturn SD488 inflatable boats

Saturn Inflatable Boats Specifications:

Dark Gray
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Overall Width:
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Tube Diameter:
Person Capacity:
Loading Capacity:
2400 lbs
Max Motor Power:
40 HP (15" shaft / 175 lbs)
Tube Shipping Size:
Tube Weight:
128 lbs
Floor Weight:
125 lbs
Tube Shipping Weight:
131 lbs
Floor Type:
Anodized Aluminum
Floor Shipping Size:
1100 Denier Reinforced PVC
Floor Shipping Weight:
119 lbs
Quadruple Overlap
Air Valves:
Recessed One-Way
Speed (approx.):
30 mph (40HP w/2 adults)
Inflation & Assembly:
45 min.

Note: Specifications and accessories are subject to change without notice. Max O/B 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. Please exercise common sense and caution when using maximum motor capacity. Do not jump from wave to wave as new 4-stroke motors are much heavier then 2-stroke and provide extra strain on the transom. Under normal circumstances, with half the maximum persons/load capacity, 50% of maximum O/B power rating may be necessary to put boat on plane.

It's a very big heavy duty boat, I got the red version and it looks like a rescue boat you see in movies when a place gets flooded. It is really tough and durable with a lot of space inside. The aluminum floor was a bit hard to set in but when I followed the instructions I managed to get it in really snug and now it's a lot better. I always get my buddy to help me set it up otherwise it's a bit hard by myself. Really awesome boat, make sure you get some sort of electric pump or your arms will be sore trying to inflate it by hand.

I am happy with the boat, very sturdy and stable. I am giving 4 stars since it is advertised as a 5 chamber boat and it actually has 3 chambers. Apparently, the red version is the one with 5 chambers, but it has to be clarified on the specs since these are generic for SD488's. Not a big deal, only had to convince my family that it is still safe with 3 chambers, but I was not expecting that.

If you buy it make sure to get an electric pump, it makes life so much easier. It is deceptively heavy, especially once you put it near sand, I also recommend the launching wheels they offer.

I wanted to get the light grey version but it was not available at the time so I settled with the dark gray which I ended up liking a lot more once I saw it in person.

I bought a 40 HP outboard for this and it was overkill, I dont recommend you get it, with me and my friends it was going almost too fast.

Assembly takes time, the first time me and my friend spent almost an hour, but later launches we got it down to half.

Super nice product, very affordable.

My SD488 has been through a lot I have taken it through hell and high water and it has not let me down. People always turn their heads when I pass by because of the red vibrant color and it is a lot of fun. I bought a bunch of accessories when I got it, so I used a bimini to take cover from the harsh sun, I like the seat cushions too, we use them to store all kinds of things. I tried to buy boat cover but they were all out, I am on the waiting list for one. The customer service is really nice and I have contacted them on several occasions with questions and concerns and they always get back to me really quickly. This is a really professional company and it has been a pleasure buying from them through the years.

It is big boat and it is really good quality. I like it very much and am happy with my buy.

pro: It is a good price, it is very strong. I like the red color.

cons: floor is heavy but it make boat very stable. nothing really bad.

I bought this in 2019. It is a great dive boat. My only issues have been lack of storage areas. There are none. So you have to constantly transfer belongings, supplies ect. back and forth from car to boat and back. I fixed this with cabinets and tie downs I attached to the aluminum floor.
The weak spot on this boat are the straps that hold the benches. Of all the glue joints these are the weakest. They did not fail but you can see definite wear after only 1 season. I fixed this by putting the cabinets under 2 of the benches that are also attached to the floor. I do not use the forward one. This has stabilized the problem. I put a detachable swim ladder that attaches to the transom.
The biggest challenge was the trailer. I bought one that fits up to 16'. Be sure you buy one that is fully adjustable. If you ever want to sell it, it can be adjusted to any boat. It came with 2 bunks and I added 2 more to accommodate the soft hull.
I also bought the bimini top. You have to make up a method to attach it unless you glue attachment points onto the boat.
For the winter I deflated it, wrapped it in that plastic wrap you use for moving and put it as well as the engine in the basement.
I get compliments every time I put it in the water. Without the motor I spent about $3,000 on the boat and trailer. It is by far the cheapest way to get a boat. For New England it is by far a great choice for the limited season.

I am so happy with having purchased my 488, one of the best decisions I have made, I was thinking of buying a hard boat but its tough considering how expensive they are.

I took a leap and bought this and haven't looked back.

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