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Saturn Inflatable Kayak & Boat Crossover - KaBoat

Our SATURN Kaboats 15' Saturn KaBoat (Red) - Side Vieware taking the nation by storm and our brand new 2017 model has even more upgrades! This patent pending combination of a dinghy and kayak has found its niche in the market and is a perfect fit for someone looking for the most adaptable and portable inflatable boat on the market. Our 15' Saturn KaBoat provides greater capacity than our 14' model and includes 3 aluminum bench seats with additional separation between seating positions. It also provides extra space in the front bow and its' higher buoyancy provides support for more cargo and passengers. This patent pending combination of a dinghy and kayak is perfect for fishing and boating with the portability that is unmatched. The reduced width from our dinghy models reduces the weight without compromising passenger seating. The new 15' Saturn KaBoat SK470 now comes with two sets of oarlocks/oars to accommodate 2 rower and also a top rope for additional gear attachment locations. 

There is no greater testamant to the opportunities this 15' Saturn KaBoat provides than the dozens of videos shared by our customers all around the globe. They have even been on unexplored river systems in Kenya supporting the Dian Fossey Foundation in search of new mountain gorilla populations.

This versatile kayak/boat crossover can be used like our SATURN inflatable kayak by rowing/paddling or can be turned into a speedboat by attaching a small gas or electric engine to the marine grade wood transom at the stern. Aluminum seats and an incredibly stable design make it a great fishing vessel. The dropstitch floor is the most rigid inflatable floor on the market and makes standing up to cast simple. The compact size makes it the perfect choice for a dinghy for a yacht or sailboat.

The Upgraded 15' Saturn KaBoat has the following changes:

  • Transom has triangular splash guards to minimize back splash and protect the transom holders from heat and exposure to UV rays.
  • Plastic handles were replaced with sun resistant and durable soft handles for a longer life span.

  • The valves were moved to the interior side of the tubes and under the seats to protect them from sun and the elements.

  • The inflation valve position also makes inflation from the inside of the boat easier when on the water.

  • New models have different bench attachments to make them shorter, lighter and more stable. They were also moved slightly lower for easier rowing.

  • Grommet PVC splash guards with safety grab lines run all along the KaBoat's exterior tubes from the front to the rear. Having grommets on PVC lines allow the attachment of additional accessories, kayak seats and custom made frames and arches for fishing rod holders, night lights, etc. 

The 15' SATURN KaBoat is capable of transporting much heavier cargo than a kayak and offers a more stable design capable of supporting an outboard or electric motor. The narrow profile allows for much less drag and allows it to outperform most traditional dinghy’s with similar engine sizes.

The 15' Saturn Kaboat can take up to a 10 HP gas outboard engine if you really want to fly (over 20 mph with 2 people) and if you're looking for maximum portability just purchase an electric motor! If the battery loses charge or the gas is low, you can use the rowing oars to paddle back to your destination. A small outboard works great (check out all of the videos showing different motor sizes) and you don't need anything larger than a 6 HP. With a 5 HP engine, this boat will cruise up to 15-20 mph with 1-2 people. With an electric motor you'll be able to travel at speeds of around 5-7 mph. An electric motor at minimum speed will run for up to 6 hours.

Additional Features:Saturn KaBoat Seats, Oars, Boat, and Accessories

  • High-pressure inflatable dropstitch air deck floor is rated up to 8 psi - nearly twice the average pressure rating of most inflatable boats!

  • Same heavy-duty 1100 Denier PVC as in SATURN inflatable boats and with an additional layer on the bottom surface to cover the inflatable floor and side tubes.

  • Front spray skirt with water deflector guard and rope lacing.

  • Marine grade plywood transom with a one way drain plug.

  • Included: hand pump, repair kit, 2 oars and a carry bag.

  • 2 sets of rowing oars with oar locks.

  • Wide beam hull design for stability.

  • 4 fins for improved tracking.

  • 3 aluminum removable benches.

Older Version Blue 15' Saturn KaBoat SK470

15' Saturn KaBoat SK470 - Sizable to Transport in Any Craft

 

Outboard motor shown in photos is not included and must be purchased separately

The KaBoat is extremely portable and will fit in a medium sized bag. The small size and minimum inflation time (5 minutes with an electric rechargeable pump) makes it a perfect addition to your RV. The KaBoat's exceptionally rigid drop stitch core floor is rated over 8 psi and is nearly as stable as a hard bottom floor. This design allows you to stand and fish while adding greater stability and bouyancy to fish those low water areas.

The included 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.

Some of the Benefits of our KaBoat vs. a conventional Kayak or Inflatable Boat include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The KaBoat can be used for diving, snorkeling, and fishing, however not many conventional kayaks can offer similar functionality.
  5. Due to the high buoyancy of its inflatable tubes, the KaBoat can transport a much larger cargo than regular kayaks.
  6. KaBoat allows you to go to narrow or shallow places where regular inflatable boats won't. You can raise the engine and paddle anywhere the water depth is atleast 4".
  7. Due to its smaller chambers, it is much easier and faster to inflate a KaBoat than a regular inflatable boat.
  8. 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 comparably sized inflatable boats.
  9. 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.
  10. KaBoats cost much less than any inflatable dinghies and most kayaks available today.

 

Pictures of Older 15' KaBoat SK470 Model

Pictures of Older 15' KaBoat SK470 Model

KaBoat Specification

Air Valves:
Halkey-Roberts type valve by Naru
Chambers:
2 Side Tubes and 1 Inflatable Floor
Exterior Length:
15'
Exterior Width:
42"
Inflation time:
5-10 min.
Interior Width:
14"
KaBoat Weight:
64 lbs
Material:
1100 Denier 0.9mm PVC (Dual Layers totaling 1.8mm PVC Covering Tubes and Floor)
Max. Engine Capacity:
10 HP 4-Stroke (15 HP 2-Stroke)
Person Capacity:
3+1
Shipping Size:
45" x 24" x 13"
Shipping Weight:
85 lbs
Transom High:
13.5"
Tube Diameter:
13"
Weight Capacity:
900 lbs
Speed (Approx.):
10 HP (Up to 20 MPH) - 5 HP (Up to 15 MPH)

Your boats are GREAT - making 10 mph (controlled by Garmin GPS) with 2 peoples on 2.5HP Suzuki outboard!
This 15 foot kayak easily suits my family of 4. We added a motor to the back, and like to take weekend fishing trips.

There is more than enough room for us all to comfortably sit in the boat for hours.
Sometimes, my kids like to take a swim break, and the rope on the sides allows them to easily enter back into the boat.
You can't put a price on family time together, and that is what this kayak has provided me with.

It is very durable, and I know it will last for years to come.
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. What I had not considered was stability. 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. But when I'm by myself, watch out! As soon as I get up on a plane I seem to lose all stability. I have to back the power way down and pray until I come off the plane, and even than it's dicey going more than maybe 6 or 8 mph. And even with passengers, I have to have everybody sit low, or it seems like I'm constantly fight to keep from yawing and tilting. And if the water is a little rough, things get a little scary. 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.

In spite of the above, 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. Still, I love it. I get a lot of complements on it, and am determined to make it much more stable and usable for my purpose. Good Luck!
Great product, as expected. But, requested a hard copy of the invoice for registration without any response. Luckily, the bill of sale was sufficient.

Admin Response: I'm really sorry about our breakdown in communication Asmadi and am glad the BOS was sufficient.
Dear Saturn, many of the photos of the Blue KaBoat were ones we had emailed to you. They were taken during a remote archaeological survey project we conducted in the Takatz Bay area on the east side of Baranof Island, Alaska in 2011. We covered a great deal of water up and down Chatham Strait with the inflatable and an 8-hp and it handled well with two people and gear. Our two main concerns using an inflatable on a remote project such as this were the barnacle covered shorelines and reefs and having a brown bear wander by at night that proceeds to deflate the boat, bite through the fuel jug, and tear the motor up as best as possible. After 10 days working at sea level we flew our camp into a subalpine glacial lake for another 4 days (Takatz Lake). I have used this Ka-Bot on several projects and it has worked well, I would buy another one should the need arise.

What we would like to see, at least for our needs in Southeast Alaska are 1) stronger bow rings, one high the other low for towing purposes; 2) under the bow cover need a waterproof compartment for i.e., several motor tools, patch kit, first aid, etc. it’s just wasted space; and 3) add another seat sleeve further forward to allow the driver to move the seat further from the motor tiller if need be, I believe it would be more comfortable to operate. The one thing I did right off was purchase a better air pump. No problems since.

We enjoy using your product, please enjoy our photos. Once we are finished with the boat in SE it will work great on the canals in Belize.
We really enjoy our Kaboat and kiddies love it!!!
We've had lots of boats - sea kayaks, Zodiacs, canoes, fishing boats, etc.
The Kaboat really is an inflatable square-stern canoe and does that job very well.

We've had ours for 2 years now and like it more every time we use it.
The Kaboat is a great all around "camping boat" that can do most anything well.
It's very stable and safe and handles very well for an inflatable.
The quality of construction is surprisingly good - at least on par with our French made Zodiac.
The high pressure air floor is very rigid like the top brands of inflatables.
(High pressure air floors are the best invention ever for inflatable boats)

We mostly use canoe paddles and it will do about 2.5 mph which is decent for an inflatable.
Paddling in the kneeling position would be faster. Thinner paddlers will also achieve higher speeds.
We can also use it with our electric motor or our 2.5 hp Suzuki which is a nice option to have.
It steers amazingly well for an inflatable and it's many times more stable than a regular canoe.
We mount our fish finder transducer on the wood transom which works great.
We also made a "saddle" for the anchor rope so we can pull it up without reaching out over the side.
(You could probably mount an anchor roller on the stern too.)

The Kaboat will row fairly fast (maybe 4 mph?) but you can not really row it sitting on the seat because your knees will get in the way. It's better to kneel for rowing.
Kayak paddles can be used but, being a wider boat, they are not ideal for it.
There is a ton of buoyancy so you can put as much as you want in this boat.

If you lock the valves in the open position you can fill it up quickly with an inexpensive low pressure inflator.

Then close the valves and top it off with the "T" pump. Takes barely 10 minutes this way.
BTW, Halkey-Roberts style valves are sooo nice. (Our West Marine Zodiac has those cheap Boston valves that we hate.)

We are totally happy with this boat. It's very versatile, very well made (especially for the price) and a great design.

I do not think there is a better all around inflatable boat. It's the ultimate camping boat.
We've had our Kaboat 15' for two years now and we really like it.
It's the ideal camping boat and the quality is outstanding for the price.
(We also have a Zodiac and have had many other inflatable and rigid hull boats/kayaks over the years.)

I would call this an inflatable square-stern canoe. We pretty much always use canoe paddles which we don't usually see in your pictures. Rowing is not very practical sitting on the seat. You have to kneel to row. Fast but not so comfortable.

Attachment D-Rings for a seat backrests could be very nice to have. Then kayak seats could be used on top of the planks. I made an anchor roller "saddle" that mounts to the oar lock and a detachable bracket to mount our fish finder transucer to the stern.
We often do not put the seats through the loops - so they can be moved around.

With the valves locked open you can fill up this boat with a cheap low-pressure inflator - then close the valves and "top it off" with the T pump. I think a lot of people don't realize this and do it the slow way. We can get in the water in 10 minutes or less.

There are very few things I would change about the Kaboat. Overall it's a great boat.
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.
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