Mercury Heavy Duty Inflatable Boats: Built For Larger Engines

You can’t miss these Mercury Heavy Duty inflatable boats on the water with the distinctive red hull and rugged design. Not only are these workhorse boats able to handle rough conditions with style and good looks, the largest model is able to take up to 40hp.

A Look at the Boats

Mercury Heavy Duty inflatable boats come with everything you need to launch immediately: a high-volume air pump, repair kit, wood seat, and aluminum oars. The warranty on PVC boats is 5 years; Hypalon boats have a 10-year warranty. Prices range from $2,799 to $4,665.

Specs of the 6-person, Mercury 380 Heavy Duty PVC:

Mercury 380 Heavy Duty Inflatable Boat

  • Length: 12'6"
  • Beam Width: 5'9"
  • Tube diameter: 18"
  • Capacity: up to 1,720 lbs (6 persons)
  • Max horsepower: 25hp EFI 4-stroke
  • Hull Weight: 216 lbs

The 380 Heavy Duty Hypalon:

  • Length: 12'6"
  • Beam Width: 5'7"
  • Tube diameter: 17"
  • Capacity: 1,675 lbs (6 persons)
  • Max horsepower: 25hp
  • Hull Weight: 231 lbs

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Specs of the 8-person Mercury 430 Heavy Duty PVC:

Mercury 430 Heavy Duty Inflatable Boat

  • Length: 14'1"
  • Beam Width: 6'2"
  • Tube diameter: 19"
  • Capacity: 2,161 lbs (8 persons)
  • Max horsepower: 30hp
  • Hull Weight: 253 lbs

The 430 Heavy Duty Hypalon:

  • Length: 14'1"
  • Beam Width: 6'2"
  • Tube diameter: 19"
  • Capacity: 2,161 lbs (8 persons)
  • Max horsepower: 40hp
  • Hull Weight: 277 lbs (hull also available in Forest Green)

All the Features You Want

Each model in the Mercury Heavy Duty inflatable boats line features 3 separate internal air chambers, inflatable keel for improved tracking, tube pressure 3.6psi (0.25 bar), one-way drain, and a marine-grade plywood transom. More features include non-slip wear patches for additional grip, adjustable track-mounted cargo attachment points, six carry handles, and convenient grab rope. The low freeboard and soft 17-inch tubes make it easy for roll-off for swimming and diving.

The roomy interior allows you to take along a lot of gear, and the strong fabric is not apt to puncture or stain, no matter how much you abuse it. The PVC models feature a reinforced 1100 Duratex fabric with strong thermo-welded (not glued) seams. It is a tough material resistant to abrasion and average wear, and includes an extra UV protectant in the fabric to prevent damage against harsh sunlight. The Mercury Hypalon inflatable boats have an extra heavy-duty fabric for long life in extreme conditions, as well as being resistant to UV rays, fading, abrasion, hydrocarbons, and flame.

Ready for Rough Waters

Dropping your dive tanks on either type of floor is no problem for these heavy duty boats. In the 2010 models, the Hypalon models come with an aluminum floor while the PVCs are equipped with FRP non-slip floorboards that are 25% lighter than wooden floors. Both are excellent inflatable boats and your choice will depend on your needs and especially, your budget. For example, the Mercury 430 PVC is priced around $3,332 while the 430 Hypalon is $4,665, about $1300 higher. Tough, durable, and easy to care for, your choice of any of the Mercury Heavy Duty inflatable boats is an excellent decision.

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