This new and revolutionary product, is a crossover between an inflatable kayak and an inflatable boat – KaBoat! It can be used as a regular kayak, just paddling anywhere you want, ocean, bay, river or lake. If you get tired, use an electric or gas engine installed on marine grade plywood transom.
The 15' SK470 provides more space and comfort compare to popular SK430 model, due to the larger distances between aluminum seats and extra space in the front bow. Longer tubes of SK470 also provides higher buoyancy for more cargo and passengers.Use the KaBoat as an inflatable motor boat with an outboard engine. It can take up to a 10 HP gas outboard engine or portable electric trolling motor.
All new SK470 KaBoats now come with 2(two!) sets of oarlocks in order to select best rowing position, or for attachments of optional second set of oars for tandem rowing. However, it still can be used as a kayak when navigation narrow or shallow places.
The KaBoat is extremely portable and will fit in medium size bag. Now you can go on vacation and take the KaBoat with you along with an optional small electric or gas engine.
The KaBoat's exceptionally stable design allows you to stand, fly fish or even get into those narrow spots where other boats can't go to get the best fishing. Aluminum seats provide excellent support and can be customized by drilling holes and installing folding fishing chairs with a swivel base, or canoe seats for additional back support on a long trips.
Benefits of KaBoat VS. conventional Kayak or Inflatable Boat:
Conventional plastic or fiberglass kayaks require significant storage space due to their large dimensions. KaBoats can be deflated and folded for easy storage and transportation.
Kayaks can be only paddled, but the KaBoat allows you to use a small gas or electric engine to cover larger distances. If you get tired of paddling, you can start using an optional outboard engine.
KaBoats are much more stable than conventional kayaks, allowing for standing and walking inside the KaBoat. In fact, you can fish standing or even ride while standing.
The KaBoat can be used for diving, snorkeling, and fishing, however not many conventional kayaks can offer similar functionality.
Due to the high buoyancy of its inflatable tubes, the KaBoat can transport a much larger cargo than regular kayaks.
KaBoat allows you to go to narrow or shallow places where regular inflatable boats will not fit. Just raise the engine and paddle anywhere that is at least 5" deep.
Due to its smaller chambers, it is much easier and faster to inflate a KaBoat than a regular inflatable boat.
Because of its narrow profile and a much lower drag than wide conventional inflatable boats, KaBoats can go faster with the same rated engine than comparable size inflatable boats.
KaBoats can also be used as a dinghy to a yacht or sailboat, but take up much less space when deflated and folded. KaBoats also can be placed on a swimming platforms.
KaBoats cost much less than any inflatable dinghies and most kayaks available today.
I gave this boat 4/5 stars because there are some minor quality improvements to be made, although I’m very happy with the product overall - especially the performance and price.
On the quality: I noticed three things once I got the boat 1) the aluminum seats are a bit too long and so they slip out of the grommets once the boat is inflated if you try to carry it around 2) one of the tube air valves is installed very low to the floor and so it is difficult to connect the hose and top off the pressure 3) the drain valve was sealed using clear RTV silicone, which does not stick to the plastic or wood hardly at all. I peeled this off, sanded , and sealed the area using 3M 5200 so that the transom wood doesnt rot out from moisture. Overall, the PVC materials are thick enough and have been durable while dragging the boat over rocks and logs.
On the performance: I’ve used my SK470 with a 6hp Tohatsu - it pushes the boat and a 220 lb load to 16.5 MPH. One thing to note is you MUST place the weight in the middle of the boat for proper performance and stability. I use a 3 ft tiller extension made from 1.5” PVC with 4 slots cut in the end to form a collet. It’s held in place with two hose clamps and works great. If you sit in the middle of the boat then there is no on-plane/off-plane sensation. You can travel at any speed and the boat simply stays flat and rises slightly higher out of the water as it goes faster. It cruises well at any speed and so even a 2.5 hp engine would push this boat along nicely - something not possible with wide boats due to the extra form drag. If you drive from the back seat then the boat performs poorly and I assume that’s why some other reviews mention poor stability. If all the weight is at the stern then the bow rises into the air and the boat has a definite planing speed of about 11-12 MPH and it is WAY less stable between 5 and 11 MPH since the bow is just pointing into the air. Even when on plane it would be easy to flip the boat if you steered sharply and had your weight at the very back end, but this isn’t a problem when the boat is balanced. At rest, the boat is FAR more stable than a canoe since the straight sides place more boyancy at the edges. I usually just sit on one tube whether traveling or still and don’t feel like it’s ever going to tip over. Also, the boat is light enough for me to lift and launch or retrieve alone. Overall, excellent performance.
I am enjoying this boat and think it’s an excellent way for one person to get out on the water and explore remote areas. I haven’t had a passenger yet, but don’t foresee any issues. My weight barely sinks the boat down, so it should easily handle all the load you can fit inside. Overall, a good product and a great value.
Alex, Ontario, Canada02/29/2016, 04:51 PM
Your boats are GREAT - making 10 mph (controlled by Garmin GPS) with 2 peoples on 2.5HP Suzuki outboard!
Jason, M, New York09/24/2015, 04:52 PM
I got an Sk470 15' Kaboat a couple of months ago. This is my first and only inflatable boat, primarily to be used for fun around the harbor in my town on Long Island. Since it is my first and only boat, I had a bit of a learning curve. I quickly learned that boats are not the water equivalent of cars. Many more dynamics requiring many more considerations. First the good news. Although I had only internet photos and info to base my decision on, my choice of the Saturn brand was either smart or lucky. I live in a town with lots of inflatable moored at the dock which gave me plenty to compare to, at least visually and on a tactile basis. I could see and touch lots of brands up close, and although this is new to me, quality seems to be fairly easy to determine with careful comparison. In the Saturn price range, the only brand that seemed to be a possible contender were some of the Sea Eagle models. I came close to a Sea Eagle purchase since they are produced close to my town. However, they seem to be quite limited in their retail showroom hours, so I would have ended up buying sight unseen anyway. That put me back on the internet sales route, and after receiving my Saturn and comparing it to the Sea Eagle models I've seen locally I'm glad I went with the Saturn. The Sea Eagle's look OK, but they have the look and feel of high quality toys rather that actual boats. I'm not knocking their brand, and they may have models that are more substantial that the ones I've seen. My Saturn inflatable boat seems to be on quality par with brands like Zodiac and some of the other more high end inflatable boats brands. I continue to be very impressed with both the quality of materials used and the quality of build in my boat. It may be PVC, but the quality seems comparable to some of the Hypalon boats I've seen up close. I am very satisfied with the quality of my Saturn boat.
I chose the KaBoat Sk470 15' over the more traditional inflatable boats models for a couple of reasons. First of all, $699. for a 15' boat seemed like a hell of a lot of boat for the money, and second, my reasoning was that such a narrow beam would cut through the water more efficiently than a full beam width craft. On the face of it, my reasoning seemed to make sense; at least to someone with no boating experience. The realities were a little different than I had expected. I still think it's a lot of boat for the money, and it does move a lot faster than a standard width boat with the same size engine.
I learned very quickly that a boat isn't a car on the water. With a Tohatsu 6hp outboard and 2 people, I would guess I'm moving along at close to 20 mph. Just a guess, but I can tell you it moves pretty good. Even with 3 people it moves right along, I'd guess maybe 12 mph or so. Now, I also have a 2hp Tohatsu I've used on this boat, and while it goes a lot slower, it seems to be much easier to control.
I do love this boat. I love the quality, and although if I were to start over, I would pick a different Saturn model, I am determined to sort out the control issues and come up with a fix. Weight distribution is certainly a factor, as is keeping a low center of gravity. I may end up sacrificing some performance and rigging up some form of outrigger or outside tube to give it a wider beam.
I set it up with a Bimini top, which I cut to a lower lever, and made snap in side panels with clear vinyl windows. I am currently making a front console steering system with front controls for shift and engine speed control. Being an inflatable, these changes require some creativity, but I think I just about have it licked. I'll keep you posted.
Bottom line on Saturn boats from my experience. Quality is better than I expected, on par with some much more expensive inflatables I've seen. The KaBoat is a different animal, but my experience with the 15' model may be quite different with the smaller size models. I love it and I get a lot of complements on it. Good Luck!
Steve, Florida05/15/2013, 04:52 PM
Just wanted to tell you how much I love my 15 ft Kaboat. I get compliments wherever I go. I fish it in both freshwater and salt and it has performed wonderfully. Very stable, safe and fun. After seeing my boat in action, no one I know wants a canoe anymore.... The best part is: completely portable and no maintenance!!!! What's not to love? I keep it in the backseat of my Ford Taurus. Whoever designed it should get the Nobel prize for boat design. I put a 3 HP mercury on it and it really moves. Just can't say enough. Thanks Boats-to-go!