Originally Posted by Lugnut
Is anybody familiar with the "Saturn" SIB's? www.boatstogo.com
I was out and about this past weekend and ran into a guy in a 4.3meter version. Seemed decent build but was pvc. Cheap prices, that's for sure.
I have one
My friend dim. mentioned some info about it but I have something to add
Originally Posted by dim.
My friend has one (3,60m). No complains so far speaking of the boat by itself. But pump is out and boat bag lasted 2 trips. They offered replacement but you have to pay postage.
Saturn boats have less space in the bow comparing to others I've seen, including mine. I also find rope/rubber railing on sides useless too.
So, I bought mine from boatstogo.com 2.5 years ago for $900 + $300 shipped to Canada. It is SD365 (3.65m) with an airdeck. Yes, the cheap pump got broken when it arrived (cracked hose), but I didn't care because it was too cheap anyway. Boat bag is OK, and I am still using it, no problems. I wouldn't say it has less space because dim. compares it with his 3.85 boat and the 20cm make difference.
So, what I would say? I am definitely satisfied with it, with my 2007 9.8 Tohatsu which weights 42 kg it is a nice set for one person. The boat weights about 50 kg and I lift it alone, put on my shoulder, go 20-30-50 meters and through it to the water. I don't need launching wheels or a dolly.
What else. The Korean manufacturer rated the boat as 25 h.p. maximum. When I bought it I registered it with Transport Canada sending them 6 photos and several forms with a dimensions of the boat. After I got the sticker I noted that our Canadian authorities rated the boat up to 15hp... Ok, safety first
I personally believe that weight of 25hp 4-stroke motor would give to much weight to its transom taking into consideration that I have 100 kg as well
But 2-stroke 15 hp motor would fit just nicely, I mean power\weight ratio.
PVC material is OK, rigid and durable. I got a tiny air leakage near sew at the end of tube a month ago, but nothing serious. I continued fishing and lost very little air after 4 hours and got easily on plane going back to shore. Anyway I put some drops of Coghlan's AirStop on it and so far so good
The boat has a safety valve in front chamber, so it will put some air out in a hot day. Pretty useful thing, I guess.
Originally Posted by prairie tuber
They are manufactured by Zebec, who is Korea's largest inflatable boat manufacurer. Zebec makes boats for several dozen different inflatable boat labels such as sea eagle and varoius others. Quality of the zebec products are comparable to that of the leisure grade (PVC) zodiacs and quicksilvers.
Hmm... My boat was manufactured by Dong Seo Ind.Co., South Korea. I am not sure if it is Zebec. The U.S. coast guard gave it number DSI with address at 1409 Kranz Techno Bld., 5442-1, Kyungki, Korea. At least I have Dong Seo Ind.Co. in my Certificate of Origin.
Here it is: http://www.alibaba.com/member/biganbed/aboutus.html
I can add some pictures of the boat if you want.