Manufacturer of SATURN Inflatables Since 1999

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.

I'm loving the 16' Inflatable Boats SD488! It's easy to handle, and the convenience of storing it is a major plus. Highly recommended for recreational use. Not bad at all.

This 16' Inflatable Boats SD488 has exceeded my expectations. It's practical, easy to transport, and delivers a smooth ride. I'm happy with my purchase.

I bought the Saturn SD488 inflatable boat for its high-quality materials and its reputation for durability. I've owned several inflatable boats before, but this one truly stands out. The 1100 denier heavy-duty PVC fabric is quite remarkable and has proven its resistance against tearing, tension, and breaking on several occasions.

We've taken this boat out on river trips, and it handles beautifully. The five air chambers provide an additional layer of safety, which is reassuring when we're out in challenging waters. The heavy-duty aluminum floor gives the boat a solid feel and adds to its overall stability. It's a great investment and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a durable, dependable, and high-performing inflatable boat.

The SD488 inflatable boat has brought joy and peace of mind to our recreational boating adventures. Its sturdy construction, combined with the premium materials used, ensures a safe and enjoyable experience every time we hit the water. The spacious design and three aluminum bench seats offer comfort for our entire group, making it ideal for family outings or gatherings with friends. The SD488 is a true testament to Saturn's commitment to quality and excellence in the world of inflatable boats.

I'm impressed with the 16' Inflatable Boats SD488's performance. It glides smoothly on the water and provides a stable boating experience. Definitely worth it!

So far, so good with the 16' Inflatable Boats SD488. The quality seems solid, and I'm pleased with my purchase. It's a reliable choice. Nice, I really like it.

We added the SD488 to our rescue gear for swiftwater operations, and it has proven its worth time and again. The boat's 1100-denier reinforced PVC fabric withstands the harsh conditions we often face, while the deep inflatable V-keel aids in maneuverability.

The 5 air chambers provide added buoyancy and safety, an essential feature in our line of work. The double layer of fabric at the bottom of the tubes and the rub-strake protector ensure that it stands up to sharp rocks and abrasive sand. If you're looking for a high-performance, durable, and reliable inflatable boat, the SD488 is a great choice.

I recently bought the Saturn SD488 for recreational use and have been thoroughly impressed. The boat's build quality is exceptional, featuring a 1100-denier PVC fabric that provides excellent resistance to tearing, tension, and breaking. The safety features, like the separate internal air chambers and safety valve, add to the sense of security during our trips.

The boat performs excellently on the water. The heavy-duty aluminum floor ensures rigidity and contributes to the boat's overall performance. Overall, the SD488 offers a great mix of quality, safety, and performance - I couldn't have asked for more.

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.
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