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Old 02-17-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Anyone have an inflatable fishing boat that they take out on the lakes or rivers?

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Old 02-17-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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We bought a Sea Eagle SE9, inflatable. Got a great deal through Free shipping and lots of extras for one low price.

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Old 02-17-2010, 02:28 PM   #3
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I've got an 8' Zodiac that I use with a 2 hp Honda put-put, it goes about 4-5 mph and will go about 2 hours on a liter of gas. The Zodiac weighs about 50 lb and the motor 30 lb so it's easy for two to move it around. I use a 12 volt matress inflating blower to fill it up.

It's been out in the Pacific and in the estuary (great bird watching) around San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico, also in the Gulf of California at Kino Bay. Once we took it about 5 miles upstream in the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry in Arizona, and also used it in the Rio Grande (aka Rio Bravo del Norte) at the Big Bend National Park.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:04 PM   #4
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Inflatable Boats

I own a Soar Inflatable Canoe. Their web site can be found under SOAR - Somewhere On A River - Inflatables,Canoes,Dive Platforms,Yacht Tenders, Russian River Adventures. They make several sizes and are used all over the world in remote places. They have a heavy duty model for use in the Alaskan bush. They can be optioned out with motor mounts, rowing frames and a variety of other accessories. People use them for white water, fishing, diving platforms, boat tenders, and general recreation. Mine is a 14 ft model that can be paddle tandem or solo on white water rivers (in self bailing mode) or on lakes and quiet rivers with the bailing holes patched up. I've use it with a Honda 2HP outboard. I've also taken it down wilderness rivers on multi-day trips carrying an 80 quart cooler and all my other gear. I've also flown it to Baja with my wife and snorkeled out of it. They are professional quality and will stand up to abuse. They have a great website with lots of photos of them being used around the world. Company is located in California but I believe they are manufactured off shore.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:27 PM   #5
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I have flyfished for years from a personal pontoon water-craft made by FishCat. It has the 9 foot pontoons and I sit in between the pontoons with my feet in the water with fins on for maneuverability. It also has oar locks and an engine mount for an electric trolling motor. It is easy to maneuver and quite stealthy.

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Old 02-18-2010, 12:44 AM   #6
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Does fishing from a folding Klepper kayak count ?

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:15 AM   #7
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Sevylor 2 man Canoe

I just had a service award come with the company I work for and a Sevylor 2 man Canoe was on the short list of things I could order. Thought I'd give it a try so I ordered one.
Anybody else have one?
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:52 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Jammer View Post
Anyone have an inflatable fishing boat that they take out on the lakes or rivers?
Have had Zodiac's, an Avon, and a Juca over the past 40 years or so. Have done ocean, lake, and white-water. For your use I recommend an inflatable with floorboards if you want to do stand up fishing.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:52 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by mello mike View Post
We bought a Sea Eagle SE9, inflatable. Got a great deal through Free shipping and lots of extras for one low price.
While I don't have the SE9 fishing boat, I did buy a couple of the kayaks from the same website as Mike mentioned above - very pleased with them.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:45 PM   #10
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Anyone have any experience with the Sea Eagle FastTrack?
Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks

I am considering one for family 'yak-ing (kids are 8 and 5). Reviews are generally positive. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Old 02-21-2012, 09:32 PM   #11
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I had a Zodiac and powered with a 6 hp. Had it on the Mississippi several times. Very stable, problem, glass, wire when beaching, and mice when stored. I now have a Porta-boat. Look them up on the web. I still use the 6 hp or an electric. For safety, I liked them both. Both require assembly before use. The 10 foot Zodiac and the 12 ft Porta boat weigh about the same.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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I need my eyes checking, I thought this thread was about inflatable boots......
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We have been looking for a nice used inflatable for several years...but the shipping costs kill the deals. Neat to read about others' great experiences; anyone have a Zodiac Fastrunner with the inflatable floor?
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:26 PM   #14
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We have a Sea eagle Foldcat that we have used for about 5 years now, has an electric trolling motor on it, works great for 2 of us. It rolls up and goes in the bed of the truck.

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