Inflatable boats are a great, cost-effective way to enjoy recreational trips on a lake or river, fishing, camping or even if you want to just hang out in your pool all day. These boats are versatile, portable and make for easy storage as they take up almost no space.
Below we are featuring three excellent inflatable boating options from Intex who is considered the world leader in designing and producing indoor and outdoor recreation products. Our options range from two, four and five-person boats that will take you everywhere from your backyard pool to a calm river for fishing and everything in between.
In addition to being compact, these inflatable boats are all a snap to assemble, come with an air pump designed for your specific boat size and a set of oars. Made from heavy-duty vinyl, these inflatables are puncture-resistant and meant to resist damage from abrasion, impacts, and sunlight. Inflatable floors (or seats on some) for comfort and gear storage are just some of the included features, making these rafts a great option for a fun day of boating and/or relaxing.
1. Intex Excursion Inflatable Boat Set
The Intex Excursion Inflatable Boat has a five-person capacity and comes with the boat, pump, and oars. Key features include inflatable seats with backrests on each end for comfort, oar holders and locks, a gear pouch and two fishing rod holders on each side. This boat is also made from super-tough vinyl construction for durability and is lightweight and compact, making it easy to take wherever you go and making it our number one pick for best inflatable boats.
Pros: Included are three air chambers with an auxiliary air chamber for extra buoyancy.
Cons: The boat comes with a hand pump which can take a long time to inflate vs. an electronic pump.
2. Intex Seahawk 4 Inflatable Boat Set
The Seahawk Inflatable Boat by Intex is similar to their Excursion version, however, it seats four adults instead of five. Ideal for recreational boating or fishing on most lakes and calm rivers, this boat comes with everything needed to hit the water immediately. Made from extra-tough PVC vinyl, this boat resists damage from abrasion, impacts, and sunlight, allowing you to boat with confidence. Also included are two air chambers for safety, an inflatable floor and cushions, two oars and an inflation pump.
Pros: The PVC material of the boat is also unaffected by gas, oil or saltwater so no special precautions are needed around a motor or near a saltwater inlet.
Cons: The soft, inflatable floor may make it hard to stand up.
3. Intex Unisex Explorer 200 Set
The Intex Explorer 200 is a two-person inflatable boat designed for leisurely floating in lakes, rivers, and pools. With its bright orange, can’t-miss exterior and loud graphics, each Explorer 200 is not only affordable but has an inflatable floor for added comfort. And, with a 210-pound weight limit, it is perfect for you and a child. It also is made from Intex’s famous 13-gauge PVC plastic and comes with two 48-inch French oars, a mini air pump, and a repair patch.
Pros: The Explorer 200 also comes with two air chambers with double valves and a grab rope for safety.
Cons: It does not come with a small bag or box for storage.