Discount Inflatable Boats

13 June, 2011 (12:56) | Discount Inflatable Boats, Mariner Inflatable Boat Review | By: iwilsmar

Tired of Discount Inflatable Boats That Don’t Work?

 


 

Guest Post by Jim Seymore

I can swim, but I don’t like being dumped in the water, especially as a surprise. There is nothing I hate more than falling off the edge of a cheap inflatable boat that tips over.

That’s why I gave up on discount inflatable boats.

The ones I’ve used in the past were junk, and useless for anything more that floating around in very calm water.

This past summer I went our local lake with a good friend of mine and his family. We had one of those big party barges and we found a nice cove to settle in to do some grilling and swimming.

Once we anchored, my friend dug out two duffel bags and started to put together his Intex Mariner Inflatable Boat.

I just rolled my eyes thinking, here we go with another one of those cheap plastic boats.

Then I noticed him unfold a piece of hard plastic and set it into the partly inflated boat.

It was a floor!

A solid floor in an inflatable boat! Now I was definitely intrigued.

My friend isn’t too smart in a lot of ways, but he does know how to shop for camping and fishing equipment. I figured that if he thought the 4 seat Intex Mariner was worth having then maybe I should take this inflatable seriously.

Once he got it set up (in only about 15 minutes) I gave it a good look over.

It was pretty big but not huge in size…

In other words, you aren’t going to get more than a few people in there, but the lucky few would be pretty comfortable sitting on those cushy inflatable seat cushions.

But, any inflatable boat looks sturdy sitting on land so I was still a bit dubious. That all changed once we got on the water though, as I realized this was actually a decent, usable, REAL boat!

Once I climbed in off the back of our party barge and sat down I noticed that it had been easy, almost too easy, to get in.

The plastic floor makes a HUGE difference in the stability of the Intex Mariner Inflatable Boat.

No, you won’t be doing jumping jacks in the middle of the lake, but if someone makes a sudden movement or dives out of the boat, it’s not going to cause everyone else to go in for a swim too!

Discount Inflatable Boats Don’t Have To Be “Cheap.”

discount inflatableWell, long story short I got sunburned floating around the lake on the Intex Mariner, but I did learn a lot about the boat that day…

It had all the usual features for an inflatable like a grab line and holes for the oars. No cup holder though, so be prepared to keep your beer in hand (where it belongs anyway).

There were some larger holes at the back of the boat and my buddy told me that those were there to hold the motor.

A motor on a discount inflatable boat?

I had never seen that done, but I soon learned that the Intex Mariner can handle a pretty decent sized trolling motor for zipping around from fishing hole to fishing hole.

Sure beats rowing!

There are a lot of cheap inflatables on the market, and there are a lot of high end inflatables that can set you back over $1000 or more.

The Intex Mariner sits nicely in the middle of those two giving you a sturdy, comfortable, well designed inflatable boat for a very good price.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…yes, I am now the proud owner of my very own Intex boat, and I’ve been extremely happy so far with this purchase.

If you’re in the market for a discount inflatable boat yourself, I’d suggest taking a look at this impressive model.

And don’t forget the sunscreen!

Learn more about Intex Boats here!

 

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