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16' Inflatable Boats SD488

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MSRP: $3,598.00  
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16' SATURN SD488 Heavy-Duty Inflatable Motor Boats with Aluminum Floor.

This model comes with 5 air chambers for extra safety! Made from German Heytex PVC fabric with Heat Welded Seams technology, and durable Fiberglass Covered Transom.

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

Introducing the robust 16' SATURN SD488 Heavy-Duty Inflatable Motor Boat featuring an aluminum floor for unparalleled stability and strength. The latest model is equipped with 5 air chambers, setting a new standard in safety and reliability. Engineered with precision, the SD488 is the ideal choice for emergency services and regular use alike.

Designed for demanding rescue operations, including fire and emergency rescues, floods, and swiftwater operations, the SD488 boasts premium construction materials. Crafted from 1,100 Dtex heavy-duty PVC fabric with polyester support, this vessel offers exceptional resistance to tearing, tension, and breaking. Its 5-layer thick construction provides unparalleled durability, with an outer layer protecting against UV rays, ozone, and abrasion, while inner layers ensure optimal strength and adhesion.

Saturn SD488 inflatable motor boat for pleasure cruising

For added protection, double layers of fabric at the bottom of the tubes and a rub-strake protector along the keel safeguard against sharp rocks and abrasive sand. The safety valve prevents excessive air pressure in the boat's chambers, ensuring peace of mind during critical operations.

Equipped with essential features, including a pair of emergency T-paddles, 3 aluminum bench seats, and soft carry handles, the SD488 combines functionality with convenience. Whether for rescue management operations or everyday use such as fishing, commercial operations, or pleasure cruising, the durability and safety of the SD488 make it an indispensable asset. Experience the unparalleled performance of the SATURN SD488 for yourself.

Saturn inflatable boats 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. 
  • Extremely rigid, lightweight hull for excellent performance.
  • 1100-denier reinforced PVC fabric with polyester support.
  • Extra thick heavy-duty fiberglass reinforced plywood transom.
  • 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:

Light Gray
Overall Length:
Inside Length:
Overall Width:
Inside Width:
Tube Diameter:
Person Capacity:
Loading Capacity:
2400 lbs
Max Motor Power:
40 HP (15" shaft / 175 lbs)
Tube Shipping Size:
Tube Weight:
135 lbs
Floor Weight:
113 lbs
Tube Shipping Weight:
149 lbs
Floor Type:
Anodized Aluminum
Floor Shipping Size:
1100 Denier Reinforced PVC
Floor Shipping Weight:
120 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.

This boat, with its heavy-duty construction and additional features, may be perceived as a higher investment compared to other models. However, the long-lasting durability and enhanced safety features make it worth every penny. The peace of mind that comes with owning a reliable and resilient vessel, capable of handling emergency rescues and everyday activities, is invaluable. Consider the SD488 as an investment in your safety and enjoyment on the water, and you'll soon realize the immense value it brings to your boating experiences.

This 16' Inflatable Boats SD488 is a winner! Compact and portable, it fits my storage needs perfectly. I'm impressed with its durability and overall design. So far so good.

I was pleasantly surprised by the 16' Inflatable Boats SD488. It's not just some cheap boat toy, but a well-built and sturdy watercraft. Thumbs up! Overall good quality.

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.

The SD488 inflatable boat has become an indispensable asset in our rescue management operations. Its heavy-duty aluminum floor and aluminum floor frames provide unmatched stability and rigidity, allowing us to perform our duties with confidence. The deep inflatable V-keel and rub strake protector enhance maneuverability and protect against potential hazards. We can't recommend the SD488 enough for those in need of a reliable and versatile inflatable boat for rescue operations or any demanding water-based activities.

We have experienced firsthand the capabilities of the SD488 inflatable boat during flood management operations, and it has surpassed all expectations. Its stability, buoyancy, and maneuverability in swiftwaters are second to none. The heavy-duty aluminum floor, combined with the reinforced PVC fabric, provides a solid platform that withstands the challenging conditions we face. The SD488 has become an invaluable tool in our rescue efforts, and we highly recommend it to other emergency services and organizations in need of a reliable and effective inflatable boat.

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.

This 16' Inflatable Boats SD488 is impressively versatile and performs like a champ! Easy to transport and store, making it convenient for my outdoor adventures. Seems to be good.

I've been enjoying the 16' Inflatable Boats SD488 for a while now, and the quality is holding up well. No complaints so far. Good value for the price. So far so good.

The SD488 inflatable boat is a true workhorse that offers exceptional performance and durability. Its reinforced PVC fabric and heat-welded seams ensure longevity, even in the toughest conditions. The inclusion of three aluminum bench seats provides ample seating and comfort for extended journeys. Whether we're cruising on the water or engaged in emergency operations, the SD488 proves its reliability time and time again. This is a vessel that you can trust and depend on.

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