Maxxon SB-490 River Raft
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Price: $3,019.00
Manufacturer: Maxxon
Shipping Weight: 170.00 lbs



Maxxon SB-490 River Raft $3229 and a $135 motor freight credit/allowance towards shipping

As of June 2019 Maxxons rafts and cataraft tubes are transitioning from being glued to having welded seams. This should increase their lifespans dramatically. The image for this boat shows three thwarts, and Maxxon's June 2019 price list also says three, but most of the full size rafts from last year only had two so no promises just yet (and most buyers of 16' rafts row anyway, so the thwarts are usually removed). The second detail regarding our outdated photo is that it shows an I-beam style air mattress floor, but since last year all the Maxxon rafts feature the flat higher pressure drop-stitch floors. These drop-stitch floors provide superior handling and less draft, plus a flatter surface to stand on if you will be fishing from your raft. It may be a while before any new photos are available, but when we have them we will swap out what is here.

We have not been in one of the new Maxxon 16' SB-490 self bailing rafts ourselves nor even seen one, so with this model we are having to wing it a bit on the description. That said this is basically scaled up from the 13' XSB-390 which we are very familiar with. Maxxon drop-stitch floor pads are permanently mounted to a "sub-floor" and can inflate to around 5 or 6 p.s.i. safely. Some dealers say 8 p.s.i. but there is almost no difference in stiffness at the higher number, and we prefer to err on the side of caution.

Maxxon rafts have wrapped double layer tubes up to the 2:00 / 8:00 point, and nearly unrippable floor bottoms. And like the Rocky Mountain boats, they are rather difficult to roll or fold up. Sixteen foot models of either brand are best for rafters using a trailer. Some of the specs below are out of date, but the length/width/weight numbers are accurate.

Specifications for Maxxon SB-490 River Raft

  • Length: 15' 8"
  • Beam: 7' 8"
  • Colors: Red, Blue & Gray
  • Weight: 176 lbs.
  • Moveable Thwart: 1
  • Max Persons: 16 (this manufacturer spec is not correct according to me. I believe 10 to 11 persons)
  • Max Capacity: 1,240 lbs. (this manufacturer spec is not correct according to me. I believe it is half their spec)
  • PVC: 1,100 top / 3,300 bottom
  • Tube Dia: 20"
  • Chafing Pads: Yes
  • Air Chambers: 5+3
  • Floor: 7" I-Beam
  • Self-Bailing 3/4" Scuppers every 6"
  • Stowed Dimensions: 140x92x41
  • Warranty: 5-Year

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