Saturn Raft Reviews
2011 Photo Contest - And the winner is……
The first annual Saturn Rafts photo contest has come to an end. Over the past two months we have received over 100 photos and testimonials from Saturn owners and we couldn’t be more pleased with the responses. Since day one our #1 goal has been to “get you on the water” and what better evidence of that success than all of the great photo submissions. An overiding theme from Saturn owners is the feeling that our Saturn products represent “one of the best values they have ever purchased.” That input is truly valued and reignites our passion to spread our products to others around the world.
We had the tough task of sorting through some amazing pictures and narrowing them down to our top 3. We took many factors into account and have attached the winning submissions as well as a brief description of who and where the photo was taken. At the bottom is also a list of a few of our honorable mentions.
1st Place: Jay Hermon - Middle Fork of the American, CA - Tunnel Chute Rapid
2nd Place: Chris Schino - Multi-Generation Saturn Rafts at Ruby Horsethief, CO
3rd Place: Bridget Tincher - Cheat Narrows, WV
Glenn Fischer – San Juan River
Chuck Minor – “Kids Holding Hands” – Lower New River, WV
Steve Thompson & Rob Lyon – Owyhee River Canyon
Firenze Rafting - Italy
Here's a seasoned vet Saturn Raft Review – Just got off the Middle Fork of the Salmon on Tuesday. We took a 15 foot Saturn Outfitter that we purchased from you this spring. The boat did a great job. It’s very stable, tracks wells through the maze of rocks at 2.15 on the MF and most noticeably the tubes stay very cool compared to most non-PVC boats. It can also care a ton of weight with the big tubes. We also took a 12 foot Saturn kayak down with us and it really did well. I will send some killer photo’s of the boats in action. Thanks - Hhan Olsen
Bought this from you guys last year. I took a few friends down the Lower Yough this Memorial Day Weekend. Boat seems to able to take a beating nicely. Thanks! Daniel Rizza
I bought one of your rafts 5 years ago and it has been amazing! I get a ton of questions about it and always recommend it to people even if I don’t like them. I even went onto mountain buzz and gave you guys some props on a strand that was going on. Some people were hating them most likely because they were PO’d that they paid too much for their raft of the same quality. John - East West Resorts
Hi Guys, I set this boat (12' Raft/Kayak) up for southwestern low water, for which it works great. I glued on a grommet strip and built a small row frame. It holds a large cooler lengthwise, a small cooler widthwise, two people, a dog, a spare break-down oar and enough food and gear for a few weeks. Am going to run the Noatak with this set up in August as a one person boat. The boat, frame and oars all roll up into the boat's bag for flying. I can also run it as a single blade canoe set up, kneeling on the tubes with gear underneath. Check out the pics...
Dear Saturn Rafts (Cody), I ordered this new raft on a Sunday night and it showed up at my front door in 4 days...which was great b/c it enabled me to get it out for a maiden voyage over the weekend. Thank you so much for getting it to me so quickly.
When are you going to get some single person duckies out!! Love my Saturn by the way. Those people that call ‘em “ Cheapo rafts” are… well…stupid. I’m ordering my full frame set up this week and couldn’t be happier. After doing all my figuring I’m $1200 bucks ahead of the game compared to an Aire or NRS. Brand names just don’t pull weight with me. I’ll actually judge the product. The Saturn is a great raft.( this is coming from an experienced river rat and swift water rescue technician) Scott – Premier Technologies
We had a blast....I floated the Missouri River in Wolf Creek, MT and am already very pleased with my Saturn Raft. It was packaged very nicely, seems to be a solid, sound raft, and handled very well in the water. It was my first time manning the oars on a raft, and I can't wait to get out again! Thanks again for all your help and for making an affordable, reliable raft! Mark Doherty. Belgrade, MT
Hi Cody, I now have over forty days on my Saturn that you sold me three years ago. I have to say, it is holding up very well and performs like a champ. Jerry Brockway, Boulder, CO
Hey Cody, Here's some pics from the Lower Stillwater by Absorakee MT, we've gone almost ten times and had a ton for ya but unfortunately my camera was stolen from my truck. Got new one though and will try to get alot more for ya before summer is out. Hope all is well. Love the raft! sincerely, Clay Zuelke
I have had my Saturn for three seasons and I LOVE it! Otherwise I would still be saving up for one of the other ones. If you get on the river you will see a ton of Saturns out there. If I have to go and buy a new one after 10 years I am completely fine with that - it costs 1400 freaking dollars!!! I have taken my 14 ft raft thru class four rapids and under - I have wrapped it on rocks, dragged it on rocks, I throw it on the roof rack every time I go rafting so I don't have to fully deflate and inflate, it has been dragged and pulled across gravel at the storage unit - It is seriously tuff!
I was extremely skeptical when I bought it, but I figured I would either learn a lesson and return it, or be super happy. I am super happy; every time we cross paths on the river with another Saturn owner it is the same damn comments, 'what an awesome raft for super cheap.' They are a great product. I have lots of great stories and tons of cool memories thanks to Saturn, otherwise I would still be bumming river rides from others. Frisco, CO
Took her out for the first time last week, great boat! I was just wondering if you offer or are planning to offer a duckies, we are wanting to get a few. I am sending some pics of Rocky Rapid on the Colorado just a few mile NE of Moab.
My name is Steve Owens and I've had a Saturn 11' inflatable raft since November 2007. I love my boat. It's the perfect introductory boat or 1st boat because it’s small and easy to maneuver. The best feature is that it's extremely compact. I don't even have a trailer. I carry it in the back of my mini-van. I just inflate/deflate for every use and roll it up. It takes me about 15 -20 mins to inflate with the pump that comes with the boat. I also have a small 8HP Honda Engine to power my inflatable. That also fits in the back of my van, so this is literally a "boat in a bag".
The quality of the boat is extremely high. In the three years that I've had it, I've never had a problem. It's also very stable in the water. I live in Miami, FL and I use my Saturn Inflatable in the ocean. I've unintentionally rigorously tested my Saturn inflatable in rough seas. We were being slammed by 4-foot high whitecaps from the side. To my surprise, the boat didn't capsize. These waves were so strong that we had to hold on tight in order to avoid being swept out of the boat. The worst thing that happened was that the boat then became like a "hot tub" because it was full of water. It was fun. Any other boat would have sank. But the inflatable has 5 air tube compartments that kept us and the engine afloat. The water eventually drained out thanks to the one-way drain plug. But first we had to get back into the bay where the waters were calm. I've had a lot of fun with my Saturn Inflatable and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the outdoors. Miami is really a great area to have a boat. I've been all over the Biscayne Bay, intercoastal, and the coastline. I've seen wild dolphins up close and all types of great marine life. If you live near a river or big lake, I'm sure you'll have just as much fun with a boat like mine. Happy boating Capt'n! Enjoy the outdoors!
Sincerely, Steve Owens
Cody, We love this raft! Thank you for your assistance.
Mike & Sandy McFadden
I bought my Saturn 11 and put a 9.9 on it last year. It has been a good boat and we have been very happy. My wife love running the back waters of the Mississippi and watching the wildlife. Our friends are always borrowing it for a “dinghy” ride. It has held up well and performs as you described. Here are a couple of shots for your records. Enjoy and thanks, Paul
John Russell - Association Accountant - East West Resorts
Cody,I bought the yellow 14 ft saturn raft from you not long ago. I took it down the river about 10 trips, class 4 and 5 water. I love the raft. Seems to be very good quality. Everyone asked me about the raft. When I told them the round about figure, they could not believe it. I told them how well it was holding up, they were amazed. Just wanted to say thanks, we all love the raft!
Hey Saturn Rafts, here's some pictures of when I took the raft out, I went down the lower Yellowstone and the lower Stillwater. It’s a great raft, great quality and loads of fun. Thanks again, hope your summer is treatin you well.
Sincerely, Clayton Zuelke
We bought one of you rafts about a year ago and LOVE IT!!!! I was wondering if you sell frames that fit your rafts. We built one of our own, but it doesn't quite as well as one that is made for it might. I was hoping to surprise my husband for his birthday.
Heather Petersen-Redmond, OR
Cody, The 40 Mile/Yukon Trip was awesome and the rafts were great. Those shots of the Lowe River on July 3rd are great. Your rafts are well made and perform well in all conditions.
John Blasko - Field Managed Projects Team Leader – Anchorage, Alaska
I'm about 5 overnighters deep, along with some day trips this year. Love my 14' Saturn Raft. She seems to like the Deschutes river in Oregon quite a bit.
Thanks, Ryan C. Mader - Portland, Oregon
Love the raft. Yes someone could spend $6000 on a Maravia and have it for 20 years but how many people have that change lying around? You have a product, you know your market... GO GET IT!
Rod Merritt - Oregon
I wanted to tell you how pleased we are with your dinghy. We can’t tip it over if we tried, and most users are over 200 pounds. We also have three and five year olds using it and enjoying its comfort and safety. We haven’t taken it on an extensive trip yet; however, we will be going into the North Channel in Canada in the near future. We’ll let you know how it goes, but I know it will work very well for us.
Steve – Atlanta, GA
For 2 years now I have been rafting every weekend and that my raft has held up great. I have had many people ask me about my raft and commented on how good looking it is. You guys get a 10 + from me.
Cody, the Saturn Raft has exceeded my expectations this year. I just bought it in March. I've logged 26 days on the river with it so far this year. These are some of my thoughts, so you have feedback: The handles, while plentiful, are too low on the boat as they hurt my hands when carrying, and they also knock watches and bracelets off. On the other hand they work as a good foothold for climbing out of the water. (Handles in 2010 models have now been changed). The paddles are a nice touch. So is the jacket. I think the floor is great for standing on. I like that it's flat. All in all a great value. I am seeing more and more on the river these days. I hope you can maintain that price point, it's a great feature. But I'm sure you'll be able to get more $$ for it in the future, especially as they listen to feedback and make the changes that I'm seeing. Hopefully you'll keep the price right for your early believers. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for a great product. My wife and I have enjoyed our Saturn rafts tremendously! Seth
Hi Guys, How’s it going? I hope business is good and you are doing well. I just wanted to let you know that I took the raft on the Nantahala River a couple of weeks ago and the raft was amazing. It tracked as well as any NRS Otter, Maravia or any other boat I have guided. It took rocks well and was so easy to guide. I just wanted to thank you and I will let everyone know where I got it and recommend this boat. Thanks again.
"I just want to thank you for all the good moments I've experienced since I bought my boat. I use it for saltwater fishing and it's the best. I've had it now for two years and It looks brand new. Thanks again." ALEJANDRO, Colombia
"Prize...CATCH OF THE WEEK. Did you know that with the help of my Saturn KaBoat I won a prize for a popular fishing magazine ?.... Greetings" Manuel, FL
Hello, I received 12' boat that I ordered from you, and got to use it for the first time the other day. From the first time I inflated it, I have been amazed at the quality and construction of this boat. I expected a moderately decent boat with no frills, but this thing is awesome. I couldn't believe the bomb-proof construction of the tubes...they're rock solid, and the air floor is unbelievably comfortable, yet amazingly rigid. I put a 25hp outboard on it, and it is wickedly fast. It also easily smashes through 3 to 4 foot waves. I will be using it in the Gulf of Mexico in open ocean in a week or so, and I will be able to send you some pictures or video then. Please feel free to use anything I have said on your website, as I wish more people to know of your outstanding quality and service ...I wish nothing in return, except that you keep doing what you are doing. Your help and patience with my constant questions was very much appreciated.
I purchased my 13' Saturn Sport Boat 3 years ago and have been extremely pleased. We have fished in the little boat from the far northern lakes of Northern Saskatchewan to the Sea of Cortez off Baja. I have a 9.9 Yamaha 2 stroke and it moves it along at about 15 - 18 miles per hour. I have a short shaft outboard but I added about a 1 inch strip to the top of the transom as I found the leg of the engine with the hydrofoil on was running too deep in the water at a plane. It helped to get the boat to plane easier. Our little boat has been portaged over Beaver Dams, run rapids in rivers, dragged across beaches in Mexico and only a few scrathes. The only leak was in the air floor from a dropped fishing knife, no big deal to fix. I would strongly recommend your product to anyone who is looking for a good all round boat for all conditions. We are extremely please with ours and I know your customers will be also.
Bob and Pat M. Alberta Canada
Just a note to say what a pleasure it's been working with you in purchasing my new boat and accessories. Your customer service is outstanding: prompt, courteous, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. Your web site is first rate. Thanks especially for hurrying my order and shipping along. I'll be watching for the FedEx tracking number and following it. And, I expect I'll be a ready reference for you and your products.
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.
Well first off let me just say that I live in Oregon and I love your boats! When I received my new boat I went through the steps to put it all together, all was very easy and it looks and performs as stated. I was happy to see very clean glue lines and overall quality of my new 13' Sport Boat. I power it with a mercury 9.9 and it planes very well in light chop with four people in it, With two it just fly across the water! I will buy a Saturn again and also highly recommend these boats to anyone looking for a well made inflatable boat that can take a beating.
I've had the SD365 Saturn boat a couple of years and it's out every week end this time of year, on the ocean and on some of the big lakes here in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the boat is as good as new, with hundreds of hours on it already, much of that in swells of up to 8ft, never had a moments worry with the boat...
This is our first boat. We have 14' Saturn Sport Boat. We've had it out five times on four different lakes. The first time was on a pond with a 40lb thrust (used) trolling motor- Such a relaxing afternoon... The next three times was with a malfunctioning 1974 20 hp Mercury. What turned out to be a transmission problem kept us to about the same speeds the trolling motor gave us. After three trips to the boat shop the motor was finally fixed. GPS in hand, we did "speed trials". Fully loaded with the wife and 2 kids we did 17.7 mph. After dropping the passengers off at the dock I got it up to 19.5. We have a lot of fun with this boat. Thanks.
Garry N, Illinois
I love my boat. I have had it for two years and always get complements on it.
Drew & Iris Dana Point, California
I’m still very happy with my Saturn. I’ve had it 4 years, used it for 3 and it still looks like new. I keep it fully inflated on the trailer inside my garage so I’m sure that helps.
Your boats represent the best compromise of quality for the least amount of money for any that I have seen in over 29 years of boating.
I have a 12ft. boat w/a 25hp, that I purchased a few years ago (5/5/05) from your company. And I go crazy in it... I love it! I have jumped off boat wake in the bay behind my house: took it to Costa Rica and had it in the ocean with like 10 ft surf.....jumping them. Beach launched for spear fishing.....everything. But now the boat is still in Costa Rica and it is time for a new one. I have put that one thru hell. And one last thing, I don’t think anyone has put your boats thru the things that I have. I have jumped it so high that I hit bottom and sear the motor mount (clamp) off. And I still haven’t had a problem with it falling apart yet, besides a little delamination in the transom: and when I drive my boat I drive it to go as fast as I can.
...you were always very helpful and responsive to my emails and concerns. And once again, you have helped me out, with a very speedy response. You have earned yourself a loyal customer! I haven't noticed too many "Saturn" inflatables in Maine waters, but people have asked me about mine, and I can assure you that I have nothing but positive comments about the product and your customer service.
I used boat for almost a year now. Boat hold air very well. I used 15HP outboard and it just flying on a lake.
I love the boat! Thanks for marketing this great boat at such a motivating price.
Okay, it's been two years since I purchased my 14 foot sport boat. The first year I had it, I worried because I didn't have a trailer and couldn't afford one. I was worried that once I got to put it in the water I'd have problems and the warranty would be expired or something. At this price, I expected lesser quality than a actually got. After opening and inflating the boat, I folded it back up and put it in the basement while I saved some more $$$. I got my trailer at the beginning of last summer (the following year) and had the boat in the water for fishing or just running about just about every weekend last year.
I have a used 25 hp Mercury outboard with an unknown number of hours in case you're interested. I must say that the boat handles quite well. It's my first boat so I admit that I don't have anything to compare it with but it's quite comfortable and it feels safe to me. I use two igloo coolers at seats, one mounted at the stern to the right side and the other (about 2 feet) closer to the bow on the left side. With a couple of rod holders mounted to the transom, I'm in the water. Actually I just ordered your seat frame so I'll be using that with a basic seat at the stern this year.
True Story: I was running hard, throttle wide open, back from my fishing spot my brother-in-law in the front of the boat so I didn't see a 3 foot long stick that appears to have been stuck vertically in the mud at the bottom of the water. I'd seen it on the way out but not on the way back in. I guess someone put it there to mark something. It resembled a ferring strip with a rectangular profile and no point. My brother-in-law tried to yell but it was too late. I hit that stick head-on and heard (and felt) it loud and clear, "BAMM". The boat felt like it hit a rock from where I was sitting. I just KNEW that I had torn the boat from front to back along the bottom. When I pulled the boat out of the water I looked at the bottom and saw absolutely nothing!!! After it dried there was actually a mark about 5 feet long (looked like faded white chalk because the stick was painted white) where the stick hit the bottom but no tear, not even a dimple. AWESOME!
I also must tell you that I'm impressed with how robust the boat is. It seems that most manufacturers offer 18 inch tubes on a boat this size where the sd430 has 20's...lovely! It did raise the bow rather extremely upon taking off but I grabbed a couple of those lifters advertised on your accessories page and that was the end of that. It now barely lifts the bow when taking off at all. I'm anxious to see how the new seating feels but it's February and I have a couple of months to go before I put it back in the water. Engine needs tune up too. I'll send pics after I get the seating installed and coolers repositioned. I also plan to grab a canopy this year.
We received our SK430 boat last week and were able to test drive it over the weekend and we were totally impressed. The delivery was prompt, the product was excellent... even the bag is big enough so that everything fits in it when it's folded up. We bought it specifically to go camping with since we pull a small camping trailer we needed something portable to go in our van. We found that it fit very well on top of our mini-van when it was blown up so once we get to our camping spot we can go to various lakes in the area and not have to deflate and inflate every time.
This is the 3rd raft that I've owned... the first two had the wooden floors - a Sevylor and a Sea Eagle and the air floor is much easier to deal with and pack and it's quite solid... we did buy some outdoor carpetting to put over it (we have a dog). Thanks for putting out such a great product at a reasonable price.
Jan R., Kalamazoo, MI
I am Canadian resident from Quebec and I test for the first time my SD430 with Mercury 25hp 4 stroke. The result is WOW! The boat is quiet the performance is outstanding and it let me drive very easy. My summer will be very fun. Sorry for the English, I am French.
Daniel , Quebec
I have recived my new sd365 boat .Its great!little boat and i love inflatable floor no more squks grinding etc. like my old Zodiac .
What a wonderful boat! What a great price! Thanks.
Used Zodiac F470 as a Tactical Diver for over 12 years. Different variations of Avons and Zodiacs up to the F470. 23 Years of operations. I have piloted a SD430 recently and preferred it over the Avons and comparable Zodiacs.
Thanks you for a wonderful product. I am absolutely amazed at the quality for the price, or even the quality at any price.
Researched dinghys for weeks....no doubt this is the best deal in USA. Premium quality & packaging. Much better than I expected, and I expected a lot. Equal quality to the $2,000+ boats. If youre in the market for an inflatable...you just found the best
Don, Stockbridge, Georgia
Excellent boat...I just LOVE it. But pump rather light duty. Thanks for the great delivery. I know we will have many years of fun with this boat... Thanks again for the wonderful workmanship that this boat has...Thank you
i purchased a boat last summer & it is one of the best investments i have ever made. it has already paid for itself in the rental fees that i would have had to pay on the various rivers & creeks that my family, friends & i have traveled in
I purchased an SD260 from you this year and have been very happy with the boat. I use it as a dinghy for my Bayliner 245 cruiser. I would like to install a transom mount, like a Weaver Davit system, on my boat to make it easier to stow and deploy the SD
SD365 is Rescue Boat that is in service where I live. Thanks so much and your product is great.
I am very pleased with my new 12ft inflatable. It tracks well and is very secure feeling even in whitecaps. The larger size tubes are satisfying. Your product is a terrific one that costs sustantially less than the market brands, but offers compar
I just received at home the SD 430 boat. My impression of the boat is very positive, I currently have a Mark II Zodiac (14 feet) and this boat is at least as solid and robust as the Zodiac. I am planning to use it soon to dive in Monterey Bay...
Very happy with my Sd-430(14 foot) works like a champ on the water.I use a 30 hp mariner engine with no hydrofoil and it planes well.Easy to set up stable in the water a great deal! i dive with my boat in Monterey Bay- California takes 3-4 people with dive gear. brhugz@XXXX.com
Im impressed with the quality of SD365 and only wish I had a larger motor than a 9.9. Shes very stable and after owning several roll-ups and RIBs, this is the best. Besides the price being affordable, Ive not added any air since I inflated her in July,
I love the boat especially how light it is to row. It is like a feather over the surface. Was out in 15 knots on Saturday rowing to my freinds boat from mine and had no problem controlling it. Great boat and a great price.
I modified my boat trailer to haul the SD365. I will be using the boat to dive out of in North Carolina and Florida. I am very happy with my new boat so far. Thank you for all you have done to make this transaction a pleasure.
Just wanted to thank you again, I was able to register my dinghy on Friday. Thank you VERY much for your EXCEPTIONAL customer service!!!!!!!
Just received SD365 boat today. I really thought this boat would be well made and pretty, but I want to tell you that it is MUCH better than I expected. A wonderful job of workmanship.
The boat came today, and it is everything you said. We put it on the Tomoka River, and it was great.
I have had my SD365 since this last fall and now have begun to run it out on our small lake by the house. With the 25 hp 2-stroke Tohatsu motor and the hard wood floor (converted a SD385 floor to fit) this boat flies.
I bought one from you last year and it worked great. It was stolen so I want the same model again.
...thanks for my Boat I love it and will be buying a 2nd real soon....
Im pleased with the apparent quality of the SD430. The tubes are larger diameter than even most of the Zodiacs and Avons that Ive seen, I like that! Its really larger than Id envisioned and appears very well made. All seams are neatly glued and the boat
My SD330 boat is HIGH QUALITY!!! I was sceptical at first because of the low price but when it arrived, and I inflated it, I was VERY happy with my purchase! If you are thinking of purchasing an inflatable, Have NO reservations buying a Saturn!
John Doring, NY
Im very pleased with the boat - simple to use and much lighter than I expected.
Paul V., Canada
Great Boat, better than expected! I bought the yellow 330 and it screams, even with a 6hp! Good company that makes things right!
Im very very impressed with the boat. I will have some new customers for you in the near future.
Just wanted to say.. thanks! I got boat with everything intact (coast to coast), just registered it this morning, & will have it in the bay hopefully this Saturday. You were great! = )
I bought a SD365 from you. It is a high-quality, attractive boat that gets a lot of attention.
Dr. Michael Mehta, Saskatoon, Canada
No joke, this is a nice boat and half of what would pay for a name brand. Very convient boat, well worth the money!!. I use my electric engine, and it runs nice.
Brian, New York
I am completely satisfied with the model SD430 I purchased from you last year. Quality construction. Good performance. Excellent value. The boat is everything you represented it to be and more.
...and your boat was the star last night as the 12ft was able to maneuver where most could not.
Jhon G (Again)
i just wanted to let you guys know that i appreciate the way you do business. as customer service seems to be on the decline through-out US, your company continues to deliver customer satisfaction at a very high level.
thanks again, kip