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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Incept Pacific Tandem Inflatable Sea Kayak

The New Zealand made Incept Pacific tandem inflatable sea kayak is...

$3,679.00
AIRE Traveler Inflatable Canoe

This one was replaced with the Transom Traveler model

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Power Transom Traveler Inflatable Canoe AIRE

Row it, paddle it, or outboard-motor it!

$2,899.00
AIRE Sea Tiger Inflatable Kayak

Discontinued - see text

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Incept Sally Inflatable River Kayak

The Incept Sally inflatable kayak, also known as the Incept Explore, is a...

$2,799.00
Incept K-37 tandem Inflatable Kayak

Incept's K37 Mohaka tandem inflatable kayak is a New Zealand-made kayak...

$2,595.00
AIRE Superlynx Inflatable Kayak

The multi-purpose AIRE Super Lynx for class III and open water

$1,899.00
AIRE Force Inflatable Kayak

Float bags and thigh straps standard

$1,799.00
NRS MaverIK II Inflatable Kayak

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

$1,795.00
AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak

Our best reviewed whitewater two-person kayak

$1,649.00
Hyside Padillac K1 Solo Inflatable Kayak

The Hyside Padillac K1 Solo Inflatable Kayak is one of the most stable...

$1,649.00
AIRE Lynx II Inflatable Kayak

AIRE's most popular tandem river model

$1,599.00
AIRE BAKraft Inflatable Kayak
AIRE BAKraft hybrid raft kayak paddled like an inflatable kayak
$1,549.00
AIRE Outfitter 1 Inflatable Kayak

The sporty but stable AIRE Outfitter 1 solo inflatable kayak

$1,549.00
AIRE Lynx I Inflatable Kayak

New, deeper design for AIRE Lynx I Inflatable Kayak

$1,499.00
Innova Vagabond Inflatable River Canoe

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

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Innova Halibut Anglers Inflatable Kayak

New Fishing Kayak from Innova - the Halibut

$1,169.00
Innova Sunny Inflatable Kayak Package

Our Innova Sunny EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak (or we can do the same deal...

$1,099.00
RMR Animas Tandem Inflatable Kayak
RMR Animas Tandem Inflatable Kayak

$1,049.00
AIRE Tributary Strike 2 Inflatable Kayak

New, stiffer, stronger Strike kayak material for 2016!

$999.00
NRS Pike Fishing Inflatable Kayak

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

$995.00
Innova Helios 2 EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Discontinued - please see our text

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Innova SeaWave two or three person inflatable

New Innova Seawave Touring Trio Kayak

$979.00
Innova Sunny EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak

The Sunny has been replaced by the Solar 410c - see text

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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.