After a break from making full size river rafts, Maxxon came back a few years ago with this high performance model and a couple smaller ones, and for 2019 two larger sizes as well. This raft has an integral 6” thick drop stitch floor, creating a smooth bottom that allows currents to slide underneath with minimal effect on the boat. The measurements are 12’9” long, 6’3” wide with thwarts installed, or 6'2" without (32" inside width), with big 21” tubes for the shallowest possible draft and the best possible handling. Up to now it has come with three thwarts standard, so this is a very worthy choice in a great priced six person paddle raft. Maxxon has gone back and forth a couple times as to whether they may only ship these with two thwarts, but if we find out this is the case we will update this text. The weight is 115 pounds with all the thwarts in, or about 104 without. With the 9" bow and stern rocker it is also a fine angler’s driftboat, and the drop stitch floor provides a smooth surface for passengers to cast from even if you don’t use a fishing frame with decks.
Although this raft went up quite a bit this year, the good news is that it now has welded seams, Priot to 2019, all Maxxon boats had been glued and averaged about a 13 year lifepsn, give or take a year. Now, that number should be more like 25 years. Other features include a full wrap floor, Leafield C-7 valves, batten mounted removable thwarts, six lift handles, and fourteen stainless steel D-rings. Ten of the fourteen D-s are mounted at the mid point on the tubes, but the other four are mounted up higher near the bow and stern. This configuration, among other possibilities, allows for easy attachment of a suspended rear cargo deck. Cargo decks would be important for multi-day trips since the fairly high rocker on this XSB-390 model precludes even shorter two-bay frames (unless you sit on the cooler). A standard 68” long Bighorn I frame will fit easily, and a shorter outfitter frame where you sit on the cooler will work too. You could probably push the frame length close to seven feet, but a bit shorter would be wise. The frame chafers are 79" long.
The Maxxon six inch flat floor at 6 p.s.i. provides good resistance to bending and, combined with the large side tubes, a high load capacity. The fully adhered floor is also superior to the partially secured designs of some of the NRS and Saturn imports, which use attachments on the undersides of the drop stitch pad that allow water to billow underneath. Water cannot pool underneath the drop-stitch pad on the Maxxon.
Another advantages of the Maxxon 390 is that it has a smoother transition where the bow & stern start to rise, compared to some of the more angular bow & sterns on competing imports. Overall, for equal money, the Maxxon pretty well blows away other rafts in this price range and it will out-handle the majority of the other thirteen footers regardless of price. This factory has been producing high volumes of marine inflatables for Maxxon for some time, so although this raft is new, the production facility has been at it for a long time.
One noteworthy caveat to mention on the 390 is that the bail holes have been too small. If this remains the case in 2019 (we and other dealers have asked that they be enlarged) they may need to be enlarged a bit. It is easy to do and we can explain how to make a hole punch with a six inch piece of 1.25" diameter EMT tubing. You will need a sledge hammer and a white plastic meat cutting board to slip underneath. Each hole should be enlarged by centering the hole punch over the existing holes. If you only plan to run easy rivers or fish milder low flow streams, the bailing speed will be fine as-is. Call us on the phone and we can explain in further detail. Again, fingers crossed that this has already been addressed, but we haven't seen a new model as of this update.
We will be stocking this model in an attractive orange/medium gray two tone, with two-tone grays and blue are also available most of the time. This boat can be shipped by UPS, however due to it's large girth there is an enormous ($102 !) upcharge on top of the regular fees. UPS corporate greed at work. If you are west of the Rockies, sending it via a motor freight company should end up being cheaper IF you can have it sent to a commercial address rather than a residential one. Please phone your order in so we can check all options. With this boat going up $400 this year, we don't want you to get killed on shipping too.