Maxxon SB-490 River Raft
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Manufacturer: Maxxon
Shipping Weight: 170.00 lbs


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

As of this February update, Maxxon is working on a new 13' raft, with at least one larger size in the pipeline. All the rest of the text that follows pertains to their older, larger raft, but we will leave it here for the time being for informational purposes.

We have not been in one of the new Maxxon 16' SB-490 self bailing rafts ourselves, and we almost never use rafts over 14', so the best we can do for now is to give our general impressions. Always remember that Rocky Mountain Rafts has models in the same price range and that those have welded seams, not glued ones as the Maxxon boats do. The feedback overall though is that the Maxxons handle slightly better than the Rocky's in the 14' size, so the that may translate to the sixteen footer as well.

One other difference between Maxxon rafts and the larger Rocky's 12' and up is that the Rocky Montain rafts have laced in floors, which is helpful if warranty issues come up with the floor, whereas the Maxxon floors are glued in. Maxxon's tend to be a bit more rounded and less angular at the bow & stern, and most years they seem to come standard with three thwarts in this size and in the 14'. Some years they haven't, so inquire to be sure.

Maxxon rafts have fully wrapped double layer tubes up to the 3:00 / 9:00 point, and nearly unrippable floor bottoms. And like the Rocky Mountain boat, they are very difficult to roll or fold up. Sixteen foot models of either brand are best for rafters using a trailer.

Specifications for Maxxon SB-490 River Raft

  • Length: 16' 1"
  • Beam: 7' 9"
  • Colors: Red, Blue & Gray
  • Weight: 160 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: 17.7"
  • 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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