The Saturn SD365 Inflatable Boat: The All-Around Leisure, Dive & Fishing Boat
The 12' Saturn SD365 inflatable boat is the affordable alternative to over-priced brand name boats. It can handle anything from personal ferrying and pleasure boating, to fishing and scuba diving.
A Look at the Craft
*Selling for $1025, the Saturn SD365 inflatable boat offers a safety valve to prevent over-inflation, two (2) front D-Rings with integral lifting handle, two (2) carry handles at the back, hugging strip with a life line, rubbing strake protection, and a one-way drain valve. Standard equipment includes seat bench, aluminum oars, repair kit, hand pump, and carry bag.
Features of the Saturn SD365:
- Inflated Size: 12' x 5.7'
- Inside Width: 33"
- Tube Diameter: 18"
- Capacity: 1430 lbs (5 Persons)
- Weight: 100 lbs
- Material: 1100-denier PVC
- Air Valves: Halkey-Roberts by Naru
- High-Pressure Air Floor
- Deep inflatable V-Keel
- Marine grade plywood transom
- Packing size: 51" x 24" x 12"
- Max engine capacity: 30hp (short shaft)
- Warranty: 2 years
- Inflation time: 5 to 10 minutes
- Tube color: red
*Check for Internet special deals: place your order online and you can receive extras such as a free second seat.
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Some folks believe PVC to be inferior to Hypalon but new technology is allowing PVC-treated fabric to narrow the quality gap. PVC is economical, easier to patch, holds an inflated shape better, and is durable enough to (almost) last as long as Hypalon – if the PVC is treated with a 303 Protectant spray and not left out in direct sunlight year after year. (You will need to use the UV spray anyway on this red hull to keep the color from fading.)
Saturn inflatable boats are superior to other PVC boats, whether it be the stable ride, maneuvering, attaching a motor for high speed planing, or handling heavy capacity loads such as supplies and gear for a quick trip across the bay. The quality and construction of the Saturn SD365 are superb, and the inflatable floor is very comfortable.
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Another plus is in the construction and the hand-sealed seams. This technique uses four (4) layers of fabric at the seam, bonding the panels together to make the seams stronger than the fabric itself.
The 24mm thick marine grade plywood transom holds up to a 30hp short shaft o/b motor. With a deep inflatable V-keel to help the boat plane easier, the Saturn SD365 inflatable boat is an amazingly fast 12" runabout. How many other inflatables in this price range can take a 30hp motor?
What the Reviewers Say
Saturn owners love their inflatable boats! These attractive hulls turn heads at the marina and owners write in reviews of the awesome SPEED and great stability of the SD365 model. Though Saturn doesn’t recommend wave jumping in the ocean, many owners have fessed up to going big over waves and grabbing some air. Well, whatever floats your boat – but just know that owners are having fun with their Saturns and don’t have a negative word.
What We Say
The 12' Saturn SD365 inflatable boat is Saturn’s largest dinghy that comes with the Air Floor, yet it performs phenomenally well powered by a 30hp motor even with the lightweight hull. With an eye-popping economical price of $1,025, this is just a great, basic, no-frills, fast, fun, rugged inflatable boat.
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