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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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Raft Inflatable Kayak Cataraft Cashier's Check / Bank Transfer 5 Percent Discount

21qt Trapezoid Shaped Soft Cooler

21 Quart Soft Cooler

Soft Coolers are a popular, non-face-bashing...

$69.00
4-Piece Recreational Kayak Paddle

The blades on this 4-Piece Recreational Kayak Paddle 220cm (7'2") BIC are...

$69.00
AIRE 12 Inch Inflatable Kayak Thwart Seat - Backrest

AIRE's 12" diameter Kayak Thwart Backrest ($89) can be used in any AIRE or...

$89.00
AIRE 36 Quart Soft Cooler for Inflatable Kayaks

This 36 quart soft cooler was not specifically intended as an inflatable...

$89.00
AIRE 7" Diameter Kayak Thwart Backrest / Footrest

See the write-up for the AIRE 12" thwart for more details. This seven inch...

$89.00
AIRE Bolt-On Skeg Kit for AIRE Inflatable Kayaks

AIRE & Tributary IKs ONLY! AIRE's little Skeg Kit requires a few minutes...

$39.00
AIRE Cheetah Chair Inflatable Kayak Seat

The AIRE Cheetah Chair is just the standard closed-cell foam seat that...

$59.00
AIRE Deluxe Kayak Seat

We've yet to use one of these newer AIRE Deluxe kayak seats ourselves....

$69.00
AIRE Footbrace Kit for AIRE Inflatable Kayaks

Although other manufacturers like Hyside and NRS sell rubber-mounted...

$65.00
AIRE Force Inflatable Kayak

Late 2009 the AIRE Force inflatable kayak was completely revamped...

$1,599.00
AIRE Inflatable Kayak Cargo Hold

AIRE's Mesh Cargo Hold looks exactly like their waterproof version from a...

$59.00
AIRE Kayak Carry Bag

The AIRE Kayak Bag runs $99 and can be used for air transport. It has just...

$99.00
AIRE Lynx I Inflatable Kayak

AIRE Lynx I inflatable kayak. The AIRE Lynx I inflatable kayak and...

$1,399.00
AIRE Outfitter 1 Inflatable Kayak

The AIRE Outfitter 1 inflatable kayak is a rather odd looking...

$1,399.00
AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak

AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak came out in 2009, adding a fifth...

$1,499.00
AIRE Replacement Aluminum Fin for Sawtooth, SuperLynx, and Trinity II

We carry spare fins for the AIRE Tributary Sawtooth's and our Trinity II,...

$42.00
AIRE Rocktagon River Tube

The new AIRE Rocktagon River Tube is a tough and fun river tube....

$129.00

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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.