Important info to remember when buying an inflatable

by Tommy
(Iowa City, IA)

Buying an inflatable boat is like buying a tent. If either is rated for four people, in reality, you can only fit two persons comfortably. So too with the Sevylor 360 twelve foot boat. Its rated for six persons but only three to four will fit comfortably. I own both the 280 9 foot and 360 12 foot. I have plywood floors that I use in both and it makes for better stability inside the boat and protects the bottom from punctures. I highly recommend that you go to You Tube and watch all the show and tell videos of guys that created wood decks and learn from these videos how to make a floor for yourself. The 9 foot is very quick to maneuver however the 12 foot takes awhile to make a turn. This Sevylor brand is a well made inflatable and I'd recommend this brand to anyone who is considering buying an inflatable. I use a 4 x 8 foot folding utility trailer with two sheets of polystyrene foam each being two inches thick to transport my boats. This foam raises the deck past the fenders which are higher than the deck. On top of the polystyrene I have a sheet of outdoor carpeting attached with Velcro fastners.

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