Now with German Heytex PVC fabric and fiberglass covered transom!
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.
This is my second Kaboat. First boat was a SK470 2007 model. Overall both boats are great. Items not liked: Paddles are useless. It would be better if the boat would come with Kayak Paddles with extenders. My wife and I did this and it works great. The boat even has 2 clip-ons for the paddles on each side that do a good job of keeping them secured to the boat. Having the kayak paddles made it is soo much easier assemble and paddle the boat. Since we replaced the paddles the rowing pivoting points are not needed and I would like to remove them. The new Valve placements suck. The original valves were placed at the front (bow) top of the boat making it easy to assemble and deflate the boat. The new positions make it much more difficult. We have also kicked off a valve cover with our shoes since they are so low to the floor. The valves being in the middle make it more difficult to roll it up and release air. The ropes tied to resemble grab rails are junk. We removed these and added a bow and stern line to tie the boat to the dock. The boat bag for us is also useless. much easier to roll the boat and keep the inflatable floor separate. Overall we still like the design but much rather have had the older design.
Santiago A11/30/2022, 12:16 PM
It's a very interesting design choice, I finally decided to buy it and am very happy with how it performs. It is indeed very lightweight yet made equally as other types of inflatables.
Moored808/06/2020, 04:25 PM
Just got this boat and I love it. Great for me and two boys to cruise around. I bought a trolling motor which was OK but I am adding a 10HP Johnson to it. I found rowing by removing seat and sitting on floor to be very effective . rugged construction and great looks had many people asking about it.
The boat is pretty narrow and I wanted the XL which is just a bit wider but it was out of stock.
Boatstogo has had responsive customer service and everything arrived as described
Highly recommend the analog pump that got it fully inflated very quickly
Doug, Ft Lauderdale02/04/2020, 04:10 PM
First time buying a Kaboat, so far I am quite happy with it, its a lot of fun.
Sergei Pavlov10/31/2019, 09:48 AM
Amazing boat, 6hp Yamaha pushes the boat great. I would buy again.
joe10/26/2019, 01:13 PM
Heres link to some modifications I made for the sk470 kaboat
JOE, MISSOURI10/22/2019, 05:16 AM
iVE HAD THIS BOAT ON THE WATER 2X AND NOTICED WATER GETTING IN. iIM ASSUMING ITS LEAKING THRU THE DRAIN VALVE WHICH IS REALLY NOT NEEDED SINCE THE BOAT ITS LIGHT ENOUGH FOR ONE PERSON TO JUST FLIP AFTER USE TO DRAIN. I PUT SILICONE ALL AROUND THE DRAIN PLUG AND TRANSOM ARE AND COMPLETELY SEALED THE DRAIN PLUG. I USE A 55LB THRUST TROLLING MOTOR AND WHEN BACKING UP I NOTICED THE WATER LEVEL RISE. THE OTHER PROBLEM WITHE THE BOAT IS THE REAR SEAT IS TOO CLOSE TO THE BACK AND MAKES IT HAD TO STEAR A MOTOR.
I MODIFIED THE SEATING BY ADDING A COUPLE BOARDS ON TOP THE BENCHES WITH THE TOP ONE EXTENDING OVER THE SIDES TO THE TOP TRIM AND ADDED FOLDING BOAT SEATS TO THE FRONT AND BACK SEAT AND ADDED 2 HEAVY ALUMINUM STABLIZER BARS TO BOTH SIDES AND USED WING NUTS TO MAKE IT EASY TO SET UPAND TAKE DOWN. MAKES NICE PLACE FOR ROD HOLDERS AND ACCESORIES TO LATCH ONTO.
QUALITY WISE THE BOAT MATERIAL SEEMS STURDY AND THE BLOW UP FLOOR IS NICE AND RIGID. I RECOMMEND GETTTING A NICE ELECTRIC PUMP FOR ABOUT $100 AND IT WILL INFLAT EIN ABOUT 15 MINUTES TOTAL AND GET A KAYAK CART TO SIT IT ON TO MOVE AROUND. YOU WILL BE BALE TO MOVE IT FULLY LOADED. DONT BOTHER WITH ATTACABLE WHEELS NOT ENOUGH ROOM ON TRANSOM WITH MOTOR. THE EXTRA LONG TUBES EXTEND PAST THE TRANSOM SO YOU WILL NEED TO KEEP THE PROP LOWER IN THE WATER WHICH TAKES AWAY FORM SHALLOW WATER EXCURSIONS. PROBABLY NEED ATLEAST 10" TO A FOOT OF WATER TO TRAVEL ON WITH MOTOR. IT FEELS STABLE WHEN IN THE WATER. TOO NARROW TO REALLY WALK AROUND ON COMFORTABLY. CUT SOME CARPET FOR THE FLOOR WHICH IS NICE AND USE A COUPLE CUT BOARDS IN THE MIDDLE WITH CARPET ON TOP TO MAKE A NICE TABLE BETWEEN SEATS.
30 MINUTES TO SET UP AND TAKE DOWN WITH ANY MODIFICATIONS TO SEATING MOTOR BATTERY ETC EASILY FITS INTO HATCHBACK WITH REAR SEATS FOLDED DOWN WITH ALL EQUIPMENT.
POOR DESIGN BUT CHEAP AND WITH A FEW MODIFICATIONS YOU CAN MAKE A NICE FISHING BOAT FOR 2 PEOPLE WITH COMFORTABLE SEATING AND NICE MOTOR RECOMMEND 55LB THRUST TROLLING MOTOR. DISTRIBUTE WEIGHT EVENLY PUT BATTERY IN MIDDLE OR FRONT DEPENDING ON MOTOR AND THE BOAT TRAVELS NICELY. HAVENT PADDLED MUCH BUT WHEN I DID IT WAS SUPER EASY TO MOVE AROUND....NEVER USED THE OARS...AGAIN POOR DESIGN MAKES THEM USELESS WITH WHERE THE SEATING IS LOCATED AND THE LOW OAR LINKS. IF I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN ID GO WITH THE XL VERSION BUT THTS 2X AS MUCH AND I DONT REALLY NEED IT BUT THE EXTRA WIDTH WOULD BE NICE BUT THE NARROW DESING MAKES FOR EASY TRAVELING ON WATER.
BOATS TO GO DID A NICE JOB DELIVERY AND PAPER WORK FOR REGISTRATION DIDNT HAVE ANY ISSUES THERE.
ITS VERY FUNCTIONAL AND RECOMMEND BUT WOULD RECOMMEND MODIFYING SEATING WHICH IS EASY TO DO. DOESNT TAKE UP A LOT OF SPACE WHEN FOLDED BACK UP.
JD07/06/2019, 05:47 PM
What an awesome boat!! This was my first boat and got me on the water zipping around and without trailer or towing capacity. Boat, oars, pump, and 8 hp Mercury outboard engine all fit neatly into the sedan trunk. It is a rugged, go anywhere boat and a ton of fun.
Rick Barnes01/16/2019, 11:19 AM
Love the Kaboat. It doesn't require a lot of horsepower to cut through the water with ease. This fits in the back of a sedan so if you don't have much space and want to own a boat, go for the Kaboat.
William Stevens01/04/2019, 11:15 AM
I purchased the SK470R and love it. The boat is better quality than expected and is great since I live in a small apartment. Set up time from the back of my sedan to water is about 5 minutes, I can often set it up and be out in the water before larger solid-hull boats can get off of their trailers and going. With my small outboard this things zips and since it doesn't weigh much at all, I barely use a gallon of gas all day. Anyways it's a fantastic boat that I can afford on a college budget.