A boat for a hundred bucks and under?

I have been thinking of getting one of these blow up boats for farting around with the kids when I go on holiday. Also I was thinking about the possibility of taking it out on the canal to get to some of those hard to reach spots with the fly rod. I am looking at two on Amazon, both have great review.

The first:

(Images are  links to Amazon to check them out further)

[amazon_image id=”B0010LNM4O” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]SEA HAWK 2 BOAT SET WITH OARS 93″ x 45″ x 16″[/amazon_image]

  • The boat measures approximately 93″ x 45″ x 16″ (236cm x 114cm x 41cm)
  • Seahawk 2 is designed to hold 2 people and can hold a maximum capacity of 440lbs (200kg)
  • The boat includes: 2 x 48″ oars and a high output pump.

All for the cost of less than a half tank of petrol – £35. Just read some of those reviews.

The 2nd one is a beast and is £120

[amazon_image id=”B00177J4UC” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]EXCURSION 5 BOAT SET WITH ALUMINIUM OARS AND PUMP #68325[/amazon_image]

Some guy takes his out on the Sea.

  • The boat measures approximately 124″ x 65″ x 17″ (315cm x 165cm x 43cm)
  • Excusion 5 is designed to hold 5 people and can hold a maximum capacity of 1000lbs (455kg)
  • The boat includes: 2 x 54″ Aluminum oars and a high output pump model 68614. Two inflatable seat cushions with backrests.
  • ISO 6185-1 NMMA-ABYC
  • 2013 models are Grey and blue, 2012 models are beige

For someone that only wants the odd bit of fun on the water these might be just the ticket.



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  1. daviecleland · June 11, 2013

    Make sure you have plenty of puncture repair kits 😛

  2. Alistair · June 11, 2013

    LOL Ye’ of little faith. They get pretty good write ups on Amazon, did you check out the reviews?

  3. Marcel Karssies · June 11, 2013

    Ye of little faith is right on the spot …. I once got such a craft and used it to fish
    the intracoastal waterway in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    It floated untill my last holiday day when I fished a creek in the middle of a residential
    area in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
    Had fished the creek before but now it was lowtide and I had hit a sunken tree that
    was covered with barnacles.

    I heard the scraping on the hull but it was to late, I was trailing bubles and had no
    other way of escape than steering to a dock where some builders where working.
    They helped me onto the dock so I did not have to swim …
    I donated the boat to one of the builders as it need only minor repairs and I would
    not take it home anyway.

    Besides the repair kit I would advise to buy a life jacket as well and make a will 🙂

  4. James · June 11, 2013

    As ever, I’d be getting along to Decathlon and looking at their inflatables. They have stuff of similar pricer to the ones you’re looking at, bt they also have better stuff. I don’t buy a lot of the bull about costly fishing gear making a difference to the fish you catch (or not), but a better boat might help you to avoid drowning.

  5. Ron Shephard · June 11, 2013

    Get the blue one. Decent seats for the kids and the yellow blades on the black one looks gay.

  6. Jim Bennett. · June 11, 2013

    Years ago me and a friend had small inflatable dinghy`s we bought from woollies for about 8 quid back in the 70s.They looked nowhere near as good as these and were small 1 man jobs. We used them for farting about the canal and fishing Mugdock before it became a Country Park. It was really great fun, we could get to places never fished and caught some nice pike and some really large trophy perch on live minnows we caught at Milngavie waterworks on the way to “Muggy”. Get one Alistair, you wont. regret it….J.B.

  7. Colin wilson · June 11, 2013

    Was eyeing up one of these pontoon boats , just one man but was thinking of one for the sea!

  8. Alistair · June 11, 2013

    Seems really mixed and I am still pretty unsure. I know that the plastics used in inflatable boats has really taken leaps forward in the last decade and surely all those reviews on Amazon cannot be made up? Some of the serious boat folk are pouring scorn on them – over on the facebook page I was pretty much told to expect death 🙂