Aqualine Inflatable Boats - Boats in a Bag Convenience
Aqualine Inflatable Boat Reviews
Space is a precious commodity in a craft, and Aqualine inflatable boats fit the bill for those looking for roomy, lightweight, well-built dinghies, harbor runabouts, and whitewater rafts. The company’s “boat in a bag” approach represents a ready-to-go-whenever-you-are approach to watercraft.
Nord-Leth Ventures, Inc., of Santa Ana, California, has been in the inflatable and collapsible boat business for many years. The company markets products in North America under the name Boats in Bags, and is the exclusive importer of Aqualine™ inflatable boats, Klepper USA folding kayaks, and Grabner inflatable kayaks.
Boats in Bags™
Aqualine makes a fleet of white inflatable dinghies ranging in length from 7'6" - 14'. Marketed as Dinghies with a Mattress, they are sold in a package that includes a keel board, high- pressure floor, 1100 Decitex material, a seat bench, pump, repair kit, oars, and carrying bag. These boats go from “bag to water” in about 15 minutes.
Aqualine Inflatable Boats - Factory Direct
Aqualine also sells the inflatable boats in a package deal paired with a Suzuki outboard motor. Suzuki makes a fine engine, but the problem with buying a dinghy/motor combo sight unseen is that you may not like the particular engine. A 25 hp 4-stroke Suzuki motor, for example, represents almost $3000 of the $4600 price tag for Aqualine’s 12’ dinghy package. If you are shopping for a lightweight inflatable fishing boat, a 15 hp outboard will nicely do on a 14-foot boot with two fishermen and their gear. In other words, do your homework and don’t invest in more engine than you need.
It is important that you buy an outboard motor from a marine dealer who will give you an assessment of the performance and maintenance issues of current engines including those made by Suzuki, Honda, Evinrude Johnson, Mercury, and Yamaha.
Finally, Aqualine’s two River Rafts (12’6” and 14”) carry 6 to 10 people, and are equipped with high-pressure inflatable air floors, 1000-denier PVC coated hull material, and 110 mm rock-rubbing strake around the bottom. These boats sell for $1800 and $2000.
What We Say
You won’t find many inflatable boat reviews on these models since Aqualine does not have a large enough market share to rival the leaders. Nevertheless, you’ll find that the dinghies and rafts are of quality construction, and come backed by a 5-year warranty. The boats represent decent value if you can get them on sale, but Aqualine inflatable boats are several hundred dollars more expensive than the same size dinghy/runabout from Saturn or Zodiac.
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Aqualine Inflatable Dinghies 7'6" - 14' - Boats in Bags™, convenient and portable: go from bag to water in less than 15 minutes; well designed, built to last for many seasons.
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