Rafts are a great option for those that enjoy being out on the water, as they require less storage space and maintenance than traditional boats. Rafts can be used for leisurely trips down a stream, traversing whitewater rapids or fishing and diving. When choosing the best raft for you, consider how you plan to use the raft, what kind of water you'll be taking it out on and how many people you will take with you.
Best Inexpensive Raft
For a cheap, quality raft, the Innova K2 is a great choice. It is a two-person raft that can be converted for use by a solo paddler. The Innova K2 is designed for whitewater and handles well in big waves due to the way it is constructed, which reduces flexing. The Innova K2 is a self-bailing raft with large holes for the water to go through--perfect for whitewater rafting. It offers excellent value, priced at under $2,000, and comes with backrests, footrests and thigh straps.
Best Large Capacity Whitewater Raft
The W50SX inflatable whitewater raft by New Zealand-based company Incept is a large load-carrying raft which can carry up to six adults. Though it weighs just 188 pounds, it has a maximum load capacity of up to 2,100 pounds. Specifically designed to reduce underwater drag, the W50SX is a very stable raft and can handle rapids with surprising ease given its large size. Another unique factor about this raft is that it can be used with oars for rowers or with paddles for paddling.
Best Fishing Raft
The Sea Eagle 9 is an excellent option for fishermen. The Sea Eagle 9 has a weight capacity of 1,200 pounds, or up to five adults. It has a motor mount option, perfect for when you're out all day on the water and you get tired. The raft has plenty of space for gear storage, particularly if it doesn't have the floorboards. Without floorboards, you can store more gear below deck on a shelf. This is a versatile raft that handles well, even on rapids of up to class three. Due to its storage space and motor, the Sea Eagle 9 is an excellent choice for a weekend away spent fishing and camping.