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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.

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:

Light Gray
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Inside Length:
Overall Width:
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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.

The SD488 inflatable 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.

The larger size of the SD488 inflatable boat may require some additional storage space compared to smaller models. However, the benefits it provides in terms of increased capacity, stability, and performance far outweigh any storage concerns. The ability to accommodate more passengers or equipment makes the SD488 an excellent choice for those who value space and versatility. Don't let the need for a slightly larger storage area deter you from experiencing the incredible capabilities of the SD488 inflatable boat.

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.

The Saturn SD488 has been an excellent addition to our boating gear. We have been using it for our regular trips out on the water, and it has performed admirably. The boat feels extremely sturdy, thanks to the heavy-duty PVC fabric and the robust aluminum floor.

The safety valve to prevent over-inflation is an incredibly thoughtful feature and gives us peace of mind. The boat's generous size also allows us to bring along additional passengers or gear comfortably. It's been a delight to use, and I'd recommend the Saturn SD488 to anyone who needs a reliable, spacious, and sturdy inflatable boat.

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.

The SD488 inflatable boat is an absolute game-changer for emergency rescue operations. Its heavy-duty construction, 5 air chambers, and German Heytex PVC fabric ensure maximum safety and durability in the most demanding situations. Whether it's swiftwater rescues or flood management, the SD488 is a reliable and trustworthy vessel that can be relied upon. The attention to detail, such as the double layers of fabric and rub-strake protector, demonstrates Saturn's commitment to providing a high-quality product that delivers exceptional performance when it matters most.
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