This is a new and revolutionary design, crossover between an inflatable kayak and an inflatable boat – an inflatable kayak with a plywood transom - KaBoat! To use it as a regular kayak, just paddle it anywhere you want, such as on the: ocean, bay, river or lake. New for 2009, all KaBoats are now come with rowing oars!
If you get tired, just use an electric or gas engine installed on the marine grade plywood transom. You can use it as an inflatable boat with an outboard engine.
If the battery charge or gas runs low, then use it as a kayak to paddle to your destination. The KaBoat is extremely portable and will fit in a medium size bag. Now you can go on vacation and take your small KaBoat with you, (along with an optional small electric or gas engine). The main benefit is that if you get tired of paddling, then you can use the engine to get back ashore.
The KaBoat's is exceptionally stable design allows you to stand, fly fish or even get into those narrow spots where other boats can't go to get the best fishing.
An optional electric motor can act as a virtual "Ride-Assist". Just set the throttle to the 1st speed setting and it will help reduce rowing exhaustion. On the 1st speed setting, an electric engine can run around 12 hours (depending on battery size). A basic 30 lbs electric engine starts at around $99 at most outdoor goods retail stores. The SK396 KaBoat with an electric engine is an ecologically friendly, environmentally clean, real "Green" boat!
Benefits of KaBoat VS. conventional Kayak or Inflatable Boat:
Conventional plastic or fiberglass kayaks require significant storage space due to their large dimensions. KaBoats can be deflated and folded for easy storage and transportation.
Kayaks can be only paddled, but the KaBoat allows you to use a small gas or electric engine to cover larger distances. If you get tired of paddling, you can start using an optional outboard engine.
KaBoats are much more stable than conventional kayaks, allowing for standing and walking inside the KaBoat. In fact, you can fish standing or even ride while standing.
The KaBoat can be used for diving, snorkeling, and fishing, however not many conventional kayaks can offer similar functionality.
Due to the high buoyancy of its inflatable tubes, the KaBoat can transport a much larger cargo than regular kayaks.
KaBoat allows you to go to narrow or shallow places where regular inflatable boats will not fit. Just raise the engine and paddle anywhere that is at least 5" deep.
Due to its smaller chambers, it is much easier and faster to inflate a KaBoat than a regular inflatable boat.
Because of its narrow profile and a much lower drag than wide conventional inflatable boats, KaBoats can go faster with the same rated engine than comparable size inflatable boats.
KaBoats can also be used as a dinghy to a yacht or sailboat, but take up much less space when deflated and folded. KaBoats also can be placed on a swimming platforms.
KaBoats cost much less than any inflatable dinghies and most kayaks available today.