Saturn and Seamax Inflatable Boats Consumer Review
Preparing for 75 mile trip on Ocean
We purchased a Saturn SK470 (Kaboat) inflatable from the Canadian distributor last year in June. This year (2012), we decided to upgrade to a larger version. At first we considered the SD470 (15' non-kaboat). After calling the boatstogo.com people in the USA, I was offended by the level of awful customer service I received and decided to do some additional research into other boats. Here's what we found:
The SK470 the boat is not good for dealing with any kind of waves/wind. You do get blown around even with a lot of weight in the boat. Also, we found when running a 10hp motor and going over any waves, the boat would buckle underneath us, almost feeling as though it was going to fold in half (scary).
We noticed in the video that boatstogo.com provides for the 15' SD470 that it was doing something similar, hence another reason we decided to research additional boats.
We ended up deciding on a Seamax 14' Ocean T series. We visited the location here in BC and realized that the material used was FAR superior to that of the Saturn boats. In addition, it just felt much more stable AND the customer service was great! We bought it on a Monday and on Friday we took it, with a few upgrades (fish finder, speed sensor, down-rigger mount, fishing pole mounts) across the Straight of Georgia for some camping. We hit some major waves that the boat handled with ease. This boat can handle 33 knot winds and 6' waves and is currently being utilized by a branch of the US army.
Saturn: Good for super entry level boating but don't plan on taking on any waves or wind.
Seamax: Heavy duty and made to handle the elements.
I would never by another Saturn, but that's mostly due to their HORRIBLE customer service.