Intex Mariner 4 Review
The intex Mariner 4 is an extremely impressive boat for its price range. This inflatable boat comes with 54 inch paddles, double action high output air pump, instructional manual, patch kit and the hard floor. The Intex Mariner 4 also comes with 3 seat cushions and a 360 degree oar lock system designed for maximum comfort-ability while rowing. With this many features, the Intex Mariner 4 is ranked the best bang for your buck by many.
The Intex Mariner 4 is made out of the same vinyl design that a river raft is made of. The vinyl is made out of 3 layers to offer maximum durability and puncture resistant. The middle layer is made out of polyester which is sandwiched between 2 extra thick PVC layers which makes the boat extremely hard to puncture ( but not impossible).
One of the best features of the Intex Mariner 4 is its rock guard that runs around the outer wall of the boat protecting the inflatable boat from accidental crashes against rocks. The outer bottom sides are reinforced and a rock guard that runs from the bottom front to the bottom back which protects the bottom from any sharp rocks or barnacles that might scrape during casting off from the beach.
The intex mariner 4 has 4 air chambers making this inflatable boat extremely safe. If one chamber punctures, you will have ample time to get yourself safely to the nearest beach and out of the water. Every chamber is capped with the Boston Valve which allows air to flow into the boat and not vice versa when closed. With this feature and with a rechargeable air pump, you will be able to inflate your boat while on the water if you wish to get that extra 15 minutes of crabbing time before going back to shore.
Inflatable Boat Comfort
The Intex Mariner 4 comes with 4 seat cushion spannign 2.5 feet wide which fits lightly into the inner boat. the tight squeeze allows the cushions to stay firmly in place while out in the water. Many reviewers state that the cushions are a bad feature wasting the needed space for their equipment and gear. Similar to the Intex Seahawk 4, I recommend leaving the seat cushions behind to optimize space.
The Intex Mariner 4 also comes with a gear pouch that is strapped onto the inner side of the boat. This feature seems to be standard in most of the boats from Intex. The gear pouch may seem like a small feature but the pouch is extremely helpful in storing smaller items away such as a bottle water or keys.
can I mount a motor mounting kit?
Most of the Intex inflatable boats come with the 4 mounting holes in the back where a mounting kit can be placed. The Intex Mariner 4 is no exception. The motor mounting kit is sold separately and can range in price from $20 to $50 depending on where you find it. I recommend going onto Amazon.com where the mounting kit is on sale for only $20.
Is the Intex Mariner 4 Good For Fishing and crabbing?
The Intex Mariner 4 is an awesome boat for fishing. The reason why this inflatable boat is ranked best bang for your buck by Intex is for its hard floor. The floor is strong enough for a grown man to stand on which helps when casting your fishing rods. Just be careful when reeling in your fishing rods. The Mariner 4 can be punctured by fish hooks.
The boat can carry 4 adults but can only hold 2 fishing poles. This is a minor loss considering all the gear that needs to be brought on board. more equipment and gear will be required if the inflatable boat has 4 fishing rod holders. Imagine 4 grown men sitting in the boat as well. There will not be any space to cast the fishing rods leading to a very unpleasant experience.
Inflatable Boat Price
The price of the Intex Mariner 4 ranges from $330 to $700 online. The reason why this inflatable boat is a bit higher than the other Intex boats is because of the hard floor that you can stand on. Similar boats cost four to five times the price. Even though this boat is built like a river raft, it is no where near as durable and as expensive. If you are looking for a cheap but highly durable inflatable boat that is great for fishing, than the Intex Mariner 4 is for you. be sure to check the prices in your local stores if you can find this boat to avoid high shipping charges. The total package weight is 85 pounds and, depending on the courier, can be quite expensive to ship.