What makes this kayak unique is 4 self-bailing openings along the floor that allows water to escape, without flooding kayak hull. That makes new OK420 kayak ideal for use not only on river, lake or bay, but also in an ocean, where waves can get inside kayak and then freely escape through the openings along the floor. The Ocean Kayak OK420 also features 2 removable directional fins, one in front and one in rear. Two fins provides greater directional stability, eliminating seesaw action. You can use 1 fin, 2 or remove both. Also catamaran-hull feature of OK420 inflatable kayak helps with stability and reduce friction with a water.
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The first 2 years I owned my Saturn OK420 kayak, it was great. See my earlier post below. (darryl042) I took extraordinarily good care of the kayak. I was careful to properly inflate the kayak per the instructions. I washed the saltwater off after each use and dried the kayak before storing it. When not in use, I kept it protected in the storage bag provided, and it was stored it in a well ventilated closet out of the sun. I expected that the kayak would last many years.
Well, in February of this year, when my wife and I took the kayak out, my wife heard some hissing noise coming from the boat. When I returned home, I got out the soapy water to look for the leak. I found it in the seam. It was small but noticeable. I then proceeded to check the rest of the kayak and discovered 3 other small seam leaks. I was annoyed, but sometimes inflatables develop leaks that have to be repaired. That is why they give you the patch kit. However, what I found next was disturbing. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that some significant air pockets had formed under glued seams. It was clear that the seams were failing catastrophically. I was pretty upset but glad it did not fail while we were using it in the ocean.
I called BoatsToGo, who sold me the boat, and sent them a copy of the bill of sale along with photo's of the kayak and seam leaks. I thought they might want to address what I considered a manufacturing defect. Boy was I wrong. They could not have cared less. The kayak was just outside the 2 year warranty and BoatsToGo told me that they had no responsibility to do anything about the seam failures. They did offer me a small discount if I wanted to buy another one.
I learned two valuable lessons from this. (1) Think twice before you buy a Saturn inflatable kayak. It is reasonably priced, but the glued seams did not hold up as I expected. The Saturn kayak is now garbage as I cannot feel safe taking it out in the ocean. Conversely, I've had a Sea Eagle inflatable boat for over 10 years and I use it weekly during the summer. It has electronically welded seams and I have never had a seam leak. I know the Sea Eagle costs more, but you get what you pay for. (2) I would not buy from BoatsToGo again. They did not stand behind their product and I think they have very poor customer service.
I am not interested in trashing any seller or product, but I did want to share my experience. Needless to say I am done with Saturn products and I will be buying the Sea Eagle FastTrack 465 this time around.
My wife uses this kayak along with my 11 year old daughter when we go camping at the lake. They also fit two dogs on there on occasion. It tracks nice and paddles easy enough for my daughter to do on her own. They will take turns paddling and enjoying the scenery. The kayak is light out of the water as well. One person can carry this, if they can balance it, no problem, and its super easy for two people to carry it with the handles to the water. We liked this kayak so much we bought the 8 ft version for my son as a graduation gift.
The kit you get comes with absolutely everything that you need to get started except life jackets. The duffle bag is huge and tuff. I paid close attention to how the IK was folded from the factory. I refold it in that same configuration after use. I think you could get 3 of the IKs in the duffle bag. Which means lots of other stuff goes in the bag. In my case EVERYTHING can go in the bag. Two seats, 2 cushions, 2 life jackets, a hand pump, a foot pump,(bought extra) and a repair kit, my empty dry bags and more I am probably leaving out. All that still can go in the trunk of my wife’s Honda or the back of my truck. The IK also came with 2 break down kayak paddles. They are my only complaint. At 80 inches (200cm) they are way too short for a kayak of 34 inch girth, heavy, and the paddles are the only part of the kit that was not a quality component. I would have rather saved $40-$50 (or whatever they are worth) and not got them. I ended up buying 240cm paddles of a MUCH better quality. They move the loaded IK with ease.
The two included seats have a nice attached storage bag on the back. They hold lunch, sun screen, a camel back, repair kit etc. The seats attach to the IK D rings at 4 points with adjustable straps, and have a velcro removable bottom cushion. (cushions may have been a limited time promotional bonus, but I highly recommend them)The seats are very comfortable and supportive. The included hand pump is large so it pumps a large volume of air, pumping up the IK quickly. But large becomes a negative when you try to carry onboard. A patch kit is no good if you can’t re-inflate, so I bought a foot pump for a carry on. I also got a valve adapter for my Ryobi One+ battery operated pump. That saves my arms for paddling.
The other thing I missed from hard kayaks was foot support to push against when you really need to dig in. I solved that with a piece of PVC pipe placed inside a pool noodle, some buckle straps, and carabiners. (the review section really needs pics). The foot rests are an awesome addition. I give this IK a 10. I am really enjoying it. I have a few more MacGyver mods in mind, but you can’t go wrong with this IK. This is the IK you have been looking for.
First off, this kayak paddles much closer to a hard shell than any inflatable I have ever paddles (and thats quite a few) since it rides on the tubes due to the high pressure floor being above the water. With the 2 skegs down, it tracks straight with no wiggle. I used a cheapie WalMart electric pump to get it inflated in 10 minutes and then pumped up the tubes and floor until firm..easy with good quality pump included. Paddled solo or single, it holds a line and is very responsive.
Stable? Kidding me..this would take work to flip it. At 14', there is plenty of room for 2 paddlers (we are 6-2 and 5'8") with room for gear on each end. I had my sights set on the Aire Sawtooth (13') and while it's a great kayak, this OK420 Ocean Pro paddled better in every way: very responsive due to cat style raised hull with only the tubes in the water, lighter at around 40 lbs, and all around more responsive. It paddles as well as my OK Prowler Trident 13' or my former Tarpon 16' Hard to believe, but the raised floor makes this kayak have very little drag.
I purchased their high back seats that have a raised bottom of 3" and it gives me a much improved paddle angle. With my deep blade, 240 Cannon, this thing moves. Best part is when finished, wipe it down, hit the Halkey valves to deflate in 2-3 minutes, roll it up, place it in their high quality (generous size too) bag, and toss it in whatever you drive. Headed to the John Day River and the Umpqua Rivers in Oregon in two weeks and happy as a clam. Buying one for my gf. Purchased this one at the Saturn dealer in Everett, WA. All around great experience.
I have had mine now for about 6 months and it has performed admirably in several different scenarios. Paddling the Gulf of Mexico, It tracked almost as well as a hard SOT and provided a solid fishing platform AND it as a fantastic boat to just play in the surf with.
With the skegs removed, I clipped in a pair of thigh straps and have run it through up to class III whitewater. I have other WW inflatables, but none with the drop stitch floor and the OK420 gives you the benefits of both the super stability of an inflatable and the ride of a hard boat thanks to the rigid floor.
I also made a strap on bench seat that sits on top of the tubes and allows me to paddle it like a canoe, plus affords enough space to tote enough camping gear for a weekend paddle trip. The OK420 is rated to carry up to 900lbs. Again the raised floor made the boat track very well even loaded down with my gear. After a couple of shakedown runs to get the load right, I am comfortable enough to take it on an extended expedition like the Rio Chama or the San Juan as it should be more than capable of handling up to Class III with a load of gear.
If you are a minimalist camper, you can also just throw a sleeping bag in it and get your 40 winks although you may want to let a bit of air out of the floor to soften it up.
Overall for the price and its versatility the OK 420 is a great buy. it comes with a nice carry bag, a two way manual air pump and two kayak paddles that are probably too short to be useful. (I use a 270 cm from the bench seat or a 250 or 260 sitting in a kayak seat on the floor.) Seats are optional and can be ordered separately or you can purchase them locally as any aftermarket seat will work.
It comes with 8 d-rings set up for seats or for tie downs. I added a couple of extras for my thigh straps and my bench seat. It also has nice bow and stern handles and velcro straps on the outside to allow you to stow an extra paddle out of the way.
If you are interested in any boat with a drop stitch floor, I strongly recommend in investing a good two stage electric pump as it takes an awful lot of pumping to get 8psi into that floor.
This would also be an especially nice boat for someone who is considering an entry level tandem canoe but does not have room to store it, plus its better made than a lot of the low end hard boats you see at the discount stores and is probably less expensive too.
Considering the price, versatility, quality of manufacture and ease of storage, I would give it and 8 out of 10.