The Newport Santa Cruz Inflatable Boat – 25% Lighter Than the Del Mar

The Newport Santa Cruz inflatable boat is a good choice for use as a versatile dinghy, small runabout, or life raft.

A Look at the Craft

The boat comes with a handy carry/storage bag and sets up in a matter of minutes. Accessories include a comfortable seat, a set of aluminum collapsible oars, oar locks, oar holders, D-rings for towing, integral lift handles, foot pump, repair kit, and an aluminum interior motor pad.

Basic specifications of the Newport Santa Cruz inflatable boat:

  • Inflated Size: 10' x 5'
  • Tube Diameter: 18"
  • Max Capacity: 4 persons (1,192 lbs)
  • Hull weight: 84 lbs
  • Chambers: 3
  • Material: 1100 Denier PVC
  • Inflatable keel for V-Hull
  • Floor: Drop Stitch High-Pressure Air Mat
  • Motor capacity: up to 10 hp
  • USCG rated
  • Unique & original Hull ID/HIN numbers for registration
  • Warranty: 2 years

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A Boat That Suits Your Needs

At just 84 pounds, the air floor Newport Santa Cruz inflatable boat is 25 percent lighter than the wood floor 9'6" Newport Del Mar at 115 pounds. Not only will this model inflate and deflate fast (less than 5 minutes) since you don’t have to hassle with heavy sectional flooring, you will be on the water in a fraction of the time. If you worry about your dog’s sharp toenails or dropping a hook and damaging the air floor, Newport recommends buying an inexpensive rubber mat to place on top of the floor. It can even be rolled up inside the boat for storage.

The extra-large 18-inch air tubes make the craft extremely stable yet maneuverable. The maximum inflation pressure is 0.25 bar for the tubes, and 0.35 bar for the keel and the inflatable floor. The high-pressure inflatable keel has a V-shaped profile for exceptional turning and banking as the keel cuts through the water cleanly, as well as holding higher plane speeds. With a 10hp O/B motor powering the Newport Santa Cruz, you can expect to reach speeds of 25+ mph.

The stylish Santa Cruz is made out of durable triple-layered 1100-denier PVC, the same material used on commercial whitewater rafts, and is backed by a two-year limited manufacturer's warranty. The boat fabric allows it to fold up nicely to fit in a storage locker or compartment on your larger vessel.

Easy Cruising

At $799, the portable 10' Newport Santa Cruz inflatable boat is just $50 more than the 9' Seascape, Newport’s other Air Mat floor model, and costs hundreds of dollars less than a Mercury boat of comparable length and payload capacity. But while reviews on the Newports are generally favorable, especially their outstanding customer service, we think you get can a better deal with a boat from Zodiac’s Cadet series which gives you four floor options and a 5-year warranty.

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