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Old 06-14-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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So I bought a fishing boat...

It's a Sea Eagle (SE9) 9ft inflatable boat. Very rugged and well made and compact enough to fit in the trunk of a car. I bought a trolling motor for it, too.

Just curious if anybody else has an inflatable and what their experiences are with it. I love the water and fishing and thought this would make my campouts in my Airstream even more enjoyable.

Sea Eagle is having a HUGE sale right now and they're a week to 10 days behind in orders. Free shipping.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the boat, can't keep you old sailors off the water.

We owned an inflatable many years ago and it was a lot of fun. We used it on the mountain lakes as well as some here in the valley. The only down side we had was windy days. They tend to get pushed around and are difficult to keep going straight on a windy lake.

One time on horseshoe lake we got caught in a bad wind and ran out of battery before we could get to shore. The good news is that they are easy to tow.

Another time we got caught in a rain storm at big lake. We finally reached shore just as the sun came back out.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:08 PM   #3
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It's a Sea Eagle (SE9) 9ft inflatable boat. Very rugged and well made and compact enough to fit in the trunk of a car. I bought a trolling motor for it, too.

Just curious if anybody else has an inflatable and what their experiences are with it. I love the water and fishing and thought this would make my campouts in my Airstream even more enjoyable.

Sea Eagle is having a HUGE sale right now and they're a week to 10 days behind in orders. Free shipping.
Haven't had a boat in years, the last inflatable I owned was a Zodiac it was the top of the line back in the early 80's when I was still sailing.

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Old 06-14-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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anybody from Sprung Leak should NOT have an inflatable boat. I also had a Zodiac and sold it for a Portaboat. I had the same problems, wind and leaks. The othe thing, I got stopped by the DNR for speeding when using a 30# troling motor. Go figure.
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I have an 8' Bombard (made by Zodiac) that I use with a 2 hp Honda outboard. The little Honda will run almost 2 hours at 3-4 mph on a 1 liter tank of gas. The boat weighs about 50 lb, the motor about 30 lb so it's not difficult to move around. Haven't had to patch any leaks so far.

We went to San Blas, Mexico for Christmas 2007 and spent hours exploring the estuary bird watching. Saw numerous crocodiles too.

Last February we went to Kino Bay, Mexico and explored Isla Alcatraz, a small island in the Golf of California about a mile off shore, spotted two whale carcasses on the far side.

We've gone upstream on the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry in Arizona, and on the Rio Grande (aka Rio Bravo del Norte) at the Big Bend national Park in Texas.
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We've gone upstream on the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry in Arizona.
That is pretty gutsy in a small boat with a small engine. The current can be pretty strong depending on the flow from Glen Canyon Dam. I would not want to drift down stream past the ferry. That first rapid is fairly close and a little rough.
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