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.

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.

The Saturn SD488 is an excellent inflatable boat. I needed a large capacity boat for group outings, and this fits the bill perfectly. Its capacity to hold a large group without compromising on performance or safety is commendable.

The boat's specifications, like the safety valve and durable rubber strike, make it a safe option for long trips. Furthermore, the extra protection from sharp rocks and abrasive sand provided by the double layer of fabric at the bottom of the tubes and the rub-strake protector is a great touch. I'm thoroughly satisfied with my purchase and can't wait for more adventures with this fantastic boat.

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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