Originally Posted by barold
The Saturns look to be a cheap
alternative but I would imagine the workmanship may be similar to WB.
A purchased a Yamaha 4 outboard that came attached to a Saturn inflatable boat
. I think it was around 11 feet with an inflatable floor. When I purchased it, it was partially inflated and a real mess. The previous owner had used it as a fishing
boat. However, once I cleaned it up I found it to be really nice. I've owned several other brands of inflatables...AirConcept, Avon
, Zodiac, etc...and this one was one of the nicest. In particular, there is extra tape on the tube bottoms where they drag on the ground/beach. There were also air pressure release valves for overpressure. I can see these saving the boat on a hot summer day. The tubes were big, and it was easily pushed by the 4hp outboard. However, I already had an Avon, so I sold the Saturn. I was impressed by it though, and I would not hesitate to purchase a new Saturn, or recommend them.
I like to row. Avon boats come with wood oars and reliable, usable oarlocks. I've found that most inflatable boats have oars and oarlocks that are just for show, and break if ever actually used. My specific experience was with a brand new Zodiac. I broke the oarlocks, and then one of the cheap plastic/aluminum oars snapped in two.