About Us

Why Boat Specialists?

There is a reason why boaters worldwide choose Boat Specialists for all their boating needs. Our commitment to customer satisfaction and strong relationships with top industry brands means we can offer the best inflatable boats and outboards at the greatest possible value.

By purchasing from Boat Specialists, you are joining a growing community of boaters taking advantage of the value, affordability, safety, and FUN of the boating world. Whether you’re an offshore enthusiast seeking a saltwater fiberglass vessel built to please even the most discerning fisherman, a luxury tender for your yacht, a sporty Deluxe RIB for fishing trips and watersports, a high-performance RIB to navigate the waterways, or a roll-up dinghy for going ship-to-shore - you can be assured that you are getting the highest quality product at the most competitive prices.

With the support of our knowledgeable staff, competitive pricing, and rapid shipping - we guarantee to get you out on the water in no time!

Family Owned and Operated

Boat Specialists was founded in 1976 by boating enthusiast, Don Potts, and was passed down to his two children, Jared and Jenna, in 2004. When you do business with Inflatable Boast Specialists, you are doing business with a group of people who have a deep connection and pride in the products and services they offer.


We are an authorized dealership for all the major boat, outboard, and trailer brands including Sea Fox, Zodiac, Yamaha, Honda, Achilles, AB, Avon, Mercury, Tohatsu, Torqeedo, Inmar, Magic Tilt, Pacific, and Karavan Trailers. The benefits of our strong relationships with these top industry brands are passed on directly to our customers. With locations in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay, and over 50,000 square feet of showroom and warehouse space, we are able to offer our customers the very best selection in dinghies, yacht tenders, deluxe RIBs, trailers, parts, and accessories at unbeatable prices!


Boat Specialists consists of a team of dedicated individuals that bring with them real-world experience in the boating industry. As avid boaters themselves, our sales team knows first-hand that quality products and crafted goods are paramount to a successful day out on the water. When you call or chat us, you are speaking directly with an experienced team member with direct access to and knowledge of the services and products we offer. Our team will help you select a product that fits your needs, application, and budget through personalized customer service.


Our customers can shop with confidence on our trusted site. All transactions are SSL encrypted on the most trusted E-commerce platform. We follow all e-commerce best practices, and our site provides a secure shopping experience with regularly updated security systems. We never sell your private information to third parties.


For those who qualify, we have great financing options available on our large collection of products, including all your favorite boats and outboards. By offering financing options, we can provide our customers with more selection and flexibility on top brands.


We know your time is valuable and that spending time out on the water with family and friends is a top priority. Once your order has been placed, our team will have your order packed and ready to ship in no time. We partner with a variety of carriers and freight brokers to ensure that your products arrive safely and swiftly.


Both locations are home to state-of-the-art service departments that thoroughly inspect all items before shipment, offer after-sales support, and provide a variety of services to the boating community. With the latest technology on hand, our certified mechanics and technicians are ready to efficiently handle any maintenance or repair needed to quickly get you back on the water. Services include outboard maintenance & diagnostics, rigging & electronics, repowers, kicker installs, gel coat & fiberglass finishing, inflatable repair, restoration & renovation.