With summer just around the corner, you’re going to want to hit the water and splash around the waves with a boat. However, finding a place to put your boat lends itself to expensive boat docking fees, in addition to gasoline costs and having to haul the boat with a trailer.
While that’s fine for some people, others want more convenience with their boating. And what’s more convenient than a boat you can shove in the back of your car?
That’s right, with inflatable boats you can have all the wonders of traveling on top of the water without having to worry about annoying boat upkeep. Inflatable boats tend to be cheaper too, in addition to having convenient storage. Some inflatable sit-on-top kayaks, inflatable rafts, and fishing boats are made of gray PVC and have an aluminum floor, while others have an air floor with a huge diameter.
In fact, there are tons of great boats out there so you’re probably wondering what’s the best boat for you? Well, fret no more because we got you covered.
Intex Recreation 58331EP Explorer 200 2-Person Boat
Feel like royalty aboard the Explorer 200 boat. It’s an inflatable 2-person boat that can hold up to 210 pounds, coming with two oars, a small air pump, and a repair patch. It has two air chambers for maximum safety and a grab rope near the front of the boat (the bow) to help pull it along.
There’s a reason that it’s one of the top inflatable boats on Amazon. Those who use it love it. It’s a cheap little raft that gets the job done, allowing you and your family to have some great trips together on the water.
- Designed for calm water, but handles choppy water well
- Can have a long life if used gently
- Easy to inflate and deflate
- Removable oarlock
- Must be treated gently, as their cheap price makes them rather delicate
- Will not move you through water quickly, like a kayak
- May puncture easily, so watch out for sharp rocks or shells. Also, dog nails if you want to transport the family dog.
Overall, a great boat at an unbeatable price. It can get everyone in a family of four a boat for under $100. Who can beat that?
Intex Excursion 5, 5-Person Inflatable Boat Set with Aluminum Oars
Are you ready for a little excursion? The Excursion 5 will take you and your family wherever you want to go. It’s a fantastic boat, containing three air chambers and an auxiliary air chamber for maximum buoyancy. It also has a Boston valve to quickly inflate and deflate the boat. There’s an all-around grab line in case anyone goes overboard and even includes a motor mount fitting in case passengers want to stop paddling. A great buy at an affordable price.
- Three air chambers for incredible buoyancy
- Quick inflate and deflate
- Rigid, comfortable shape
- Two oar locks on either side of the boat
- Motor mount fitting
- Super tough, durable vinyl outside
- All around grab line
- Can seat five people—but not five adults. Probably two or three adults make, and two kids
- Tough to row with paddles
- Portable but heavy
A good boat, but it has limitations. However, with the 1300 weight limit, you can easily hold much more items than the 2-person boat, and make modifications like adding wooden floors to the bottom. It can’t be perfect, but it sure is good!
HydroForce Caspian 7’7″ Inflatable Boat
While this boat would look great on the set of Star Wars, it would also look great on the water—with you at command. The HydroForce Caspian is a sturdy boat, one of the best on the list, as is it made from Marine-level plywood. It’s durable, stylish, and offers the best bang for your buck.
- Doesn’t lose air after being inflated for a while
- Well-made and tough
- Strong oars
- Integrated drain valve
- While it says that it’s suitable for two people, you can only fit one person comfortably
- Customers claimed that some parts of the boat may arrive broken when it gets to you
When it comes to boating, you don’t have to shell out a ton of money for a gas guzzling, inconvenient ship. You can do all you want to do with an inflatable boat, and usually for a fraction of the cost. Don’t work yourself to death to pay for a fun family vacation on the water.
Best of all, you can get portability in addition to great value. All of these boats can deflate and fit in the back of your car, foregoing the need to haul it on a trailer. If anything, after buying one of these for a short little expedition, a non-inflatable boat might just seem superfluous.
So pump up the Explorer 200 and go paddling at sunset. Or grab your family and go exploring the nearest lake on the Excursion 5. Nothing would be better than cracking open a cold beer on the Explorer K2 or taking a nice, long fishing trip on the HydroForce Caspian. All these boats will give you an excellent day on the water for, at most, a few hundred bucks. They’re a durable investment that you’re sure to get a lot of use out of. For years to come, you can pump up your boat and hit the waves, wishing you had done it sooner.