Lee Arbach

Waterkeeper

Inflatable Kayaks & Canoes

Inflatable Kayaks & Canoes

This is the main page for all things inflatable kayak-related. Instead of wading through many pages of mixed boats and accessories, you can click the indivdual categories directly to your left.

Our inflatable kayak line includes whitewater models, kayaks for oceans, calm water, and even for backpackers. We feature AIRE, Innova, NRS, Tributary, Incept, Hyside, and a couple of our Boat People exclusive design touring models. We concentrate on the higher end inflatables that offer the best combinations of long lifespan, warranty, good service through the manufacturer, and performance, rather than the lower end mass marketed products. The low end models tend to cause customers and dealers more grief due to quality issues than they are worth. Details on solo whitewater, tandem whitewater, and solo & tandem touring inflatable kayaks are found on their respective pages, but some rough rules of thumb about all models are as follows:

The more boat length in the water, known as the "waterline", the more easily a whitewater model will ride through holes but the harder it will be to pivot quickly. The shape of the boat's underside also matters, flatter bottoms always being better in whitewater. Long waterlines on a touring kayak - inflatable or otherwise - increase hull speed and tracking. Wide boats are more stable but also slower. In other words, there's no such thing as a fast flatwater boat that is also going to be a great, stable whitewater craft.

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Innova Swing II Decked Double

Nice performance and optional sprayskirts!

$779.00
Innova Swing Spray Skirt

Velcro-attached sprayskirts are now available for the solo and tandem...

$49.00
Innova Twist II-N Tandem Inflatable Kayak

New fabric for 2017, better durability

$519.00
Innova Vagabond Inflatable River Canoe

No longer available please see AIRE Traveler Inflatable Canoe for similar...

Call for price
Innova Vagabond Tandem Inflatable Canoe

The Innova Vagabond is back!

$899.00
Klymit 20 Ounce Static V Air Mattress

Klymit 20 Ounce Static V Air Mattress

The Static V mattress...

$65.00
NRS Big River Tube

The NRS Big River Tube features the same fun and durable design as...

$190.00
NRS MaverIK II Inflatable Kayak

45 lbs. Call first - we do not stock this model so we need to check...

$1,795.00
NRS Outlaw I Inflatable Kayak

The NRS Outlaw I Inflatable Kayak, is a NEW model that came out...

$695.00
NRS Outlaw II Inflatable Kayak

The NRS Outlaw II inflatable kayak is an economical, lightweight...

$795.00
NRS Pike Fishing Inflatable Kayak

The NRS Pike Fishing Inflatable Kayak is not really a "touring"...

$995.00
NRS Wild River Tube

The NRS Wild River Tube is perfect tube for floating calm waters....

$170.00
RMR Animas Tandem Inflatable Kayak
RMR Animas Tandem Inflatable Kayak

$1,049.00
RMR IK-123 Animas Inflatable Kayak

The Rocky Mountain Rafts RMR IK-123 Solo Animas represents one of...

$899.00
RMR RTD-44 River Float Tube

New - Tapered Rocky Mountain 44 inch River Tube - In stock soon

$179.00
Product is out of stock
RMR RTR-44 River Tube

Coming Soon! RMR 44" River Float Tube

$169.00
Product is out of stock
RMR RTR-48 River Tube

Big 48 inch RMR River Tube - New! In stock soon

$189.00
Product is out of stock
Rocky Mountain RTD-48 River Tube

In Stock SOON! Big and Beefy Four Foot Rocky Mountain River Float Tube,...

$199.00
Product is out of stock
Take-Apart 2-Piece flat blade kayak paddle

Limited stock - please call first

$59.00
Tomcat Inflatable Seat

This is an alternative to the more expensive 7" AIRE kayak thwart, though...

$35.00
Carlisle Magic Plus 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
We now recommend Cannon Escape
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Bravo Adjusta-Angle take apart kayak paddle

The Bravo Adjusta-Angle ($109) is a 230 cm Italian made take-apart paddle...

$109.00
AIRE Tributary Sawtooth Inflatable Kayak Tandem Package Deal

AIRE Tributary Sawtooth Inflatable Kayak Tandem Package Deal For...

$899.00
Kayak Paddle Leash

Kayak Paddle Leash are something we sell with caution. These are for flat...

$16.00

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Inflatable Kayak & Canoe Payload

An i.k's total payload capacity (your weight plus your gear) depends on width & waterline length, tube diameter, and on self-bailers, how thick the inflated floor is from top to bottom. In some instances you will be sitting directly on top of the inflatable floor, and on other kayaks there may be an inflatable or foam seat underneath you. Many of the Sea Eagle, Stearns, and Sevylor "self-bailers" that are being sold today have floors that only range from 3" to 4", so if you are a larger person, and particularly if you want a tandem boat, you want to keep this in mind. To really function properly most true river inflatables will have floors 5" to 6" thick, or at least 4" on some of the longer solo models. All inflatable kayaks in our two whitewater sections are self-bailing except the Innova Vagabond.

We don't try to carry every brand of inflatable kayak. Many companies sell direct to the public, and some brands simply don't seem to offer good value for the money. This usually has to do with the price/quality/warranty formula. The absence of a boat or brand from our site does not mean the product isn't worth your consideration, but we do carry inflatable kayaks that have proven to provide excellent performance, at the minimum cost per per year to own.

Call us with any questions at 925-820-2628, or email us at theboatpeople@hotmail.com . We have had issues on and off with with our "info@" email address not forwarding (to us) properly, so don't use that one for now or we may not get your questions.