Last summer I was boating with friends on beautiful Torch Lake in Northern Michigan. There is an enormous sand bar on the south side of the lake where hundreds of boats congregate on a summer afternoon. Boats of all sizes anchor here and people love to enjoy themselves in the two feet of clean Michigan water.
On a typical day you will see people playing catch or volleyball, floating on an inflatable, walking around and talking, and enjoying loud music. There are even 1-2 burger pontoon boats that furnish delicious hamburgers and hotdogs that they cook on their pontoon boat’s grills.
It was on this particular day that I saw several people lounging on an enormous, inflatable raft.
I decided then and there that I was going to get a party raft like that so we could tie it to the boat.
What to Consider When Looking at Party Rafts
Once I decided that I wanted an inflatable floating island for this summer, I began researching them. I began as I always do, by “Googling” it.
I found that there are many variables to consider. For example: How many people did I want to accommodate? What are the name brands out there and which inflatable rafts are rated the highest by consumers? What features do I need to consider? Finally, what is the price range for these water floats? I found the answers I was looking for and wanted to share it with you.
How many people?
A large raft or float just doesn’t describe these inflatable, floating party rafts. Regular rafts or floats hold 1 – 2 people; floating party rafts hold from 4 – 8 people. I was looking for one that could accommodate 4 to 8 people depending on the brand.
Brands and High Consumer Ratings
The companies that make the top rated large floating rafts that I considered, included:
SportsStuff, Intex, Sea-Doo, Sevylor, and SWC.
I had no idea there were so many product features to choose from. The following is a list of the many features you may want to consider if you purchase one of these floating party islands:
- Detached or built-in inflatable cooler
- Cup holders for each seat
- Comfortable, back supported seats
- Waterproof MP3 music system
- Rope ladder or platform for easy boarding from the lake
- Towing ability
- Mesh netting on the bottom or center of raft to allow water in to cool you off
- Heavy duty PVC construction
- Safety valve for easy inflation and deflation
- PVC anchor bag for towing capability
- PVC boarding handles
Prices of the highly rated floating party islands ranged from $140 to $500. You also have to consider shipping cost if you order online.
I liked the Sevylor Inflatable 108 Inch Mothership Island because it had an attached 2 person tube. I thought that it was very unique. It also had a 90 day warranty. I also like the MP3 music system on the Sea Doo 6 Person Inflatable Aqua Lounge (4 person too).The Aquaglide Fiesta Lounge had the best warranty – 3 years. But, I finally decided on the Fiesta Island 1-8 Person by SportsStuff because it could accommodate up to 8 people, it was priced within my budget and it had free shipping if I ordered it through Amazon. Free shipping saves a lot of money!
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