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Old 05-08-2008, 04:35 PM   #1
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Anybody with experience having an inflatable boat ?
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:58 PM   #3
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Consider a Zodiac. These are the Jacques Cousteau boats and the "Zoom" or the "Classic" series might just be perfect. Basically, they are industrial strength, multi-air-chambered and if you explore in a boat that will be important consideration. Deflates to a large duffel size, about 50lbs. I run a 10ft Zoom with a Merc 9.9. It's a little bigger than this picture...



I have also heard great things about the FoldCat and SeaEagle boats from www.InflatableBoats4Less.com note that these are not quite Cousteau quality.

Happy sailing...
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:11 PM   #4
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I've carried a DYONUS 11'8" in my saturn sw2 with no problem. i used an 8hp 4 stroke tohatsu for power. works really well. the boat has a rigid floor which increases the wt. but no problems yet. pretty easy on gas also, 1 gal/hr at wide open throttle.
there's always a way to enjoy rving & boating.
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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Dear Lord, I thought Newmar was making boats now....

Since this is in the "Newmar" forum, I'll link it out and see if you get more response....

Wonder where those moderators are?
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:15 AM   #6
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Just sold our Sea Eagle two man bass inflatable boat. Great boat but we took it all the way to Alaska and never used it-took too much time to put together(and really did not need a boat as fishing was right on shore). What are you going to do with it? If you are in one place for a long time it might be worth it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by petefl:
Anybody with experience having an inflatable boat ? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Old 05-09-2008, 05:47 AM   #8
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Hi Peter,

JMO, I bought a Sea-Eagle from Boats for Less and an completely happy with it. We got the 2 man version and its real easy to assemble and store. Don't forget the lifevests!!!!! DAVE
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Just seems that wherever we go there is water nearby (lake,river or ocean). Have always like to explore by water just the same way we today in the DS. Like to fish but never catch anything! Have 16" Boston Whaler but don't want to give up Jeep.
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Old 05-09-2008, 09:13 AM   #10
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Hi Jeff,

Do you have any problems with weight, storage or launching? Have been thinking of storing during travel on a platform (if it will carry the weight) connected to the hitch receiver of the jeep.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by petefl:
Just seems that wherever we go there is water nearby (lake,river or ocean). Have always like to explore by water just the same way we today in the DS. Like to fish but never catch anything! Have 16" Boston Whaler but don't want to give up Jeep. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Have friends who carry their canoes on top of their Wrangler.
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This months FMCA Mag has a good article on inflatibles. Thinking of getting a Sea Eagle bass two seater with two pontones. About $1200. Ebay also has a lot of them mostly new from dealers. s/Toby
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I was going to post this in another duplicate post but figured this would be more efficient.

Has anyone used a Sea Eagle brand or other brand of inflatable boat combined w/an electric trolling motor for discrete, quiet propulsion (I tend to splash oars)?

While on our last adventure, our parking spot over looked a COE lake with an interesting looking large, heavily wooded island about 500metres off shore and not land accessable from the banks we were on. Shortly before dusk, a sail boat slipped up the cove and set anchor. They used a small dinghy to go over to this island. It occured to me that an inflatable boat would be helpful in such situations (not to mention the cool, Huck Finn Factor) to allow me to "see what's on the other side".

I am considering a Sea Eagle 9SE Fisherman's Dream Package and adding a Minn Kota Endura 55
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Yes, we had an electric trolling motor on ours. Worked OK except in wind-not much control.
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