How Far Can You Go with an Inflatable Boat?

Can you rig an inflatable boat—one that fits in the trunk of your car—with all the trappings of a fiberglass fishing boat?

According to the makers of the Sea Eagle 437 PaddleSki, if you have the right platform, you certainly can.

Sea Eagle 437 PaddleSki on car top
Seven conveniently located high-strength carry/grab handles make for easy loading and unloading.

An inflatable catamaran, the Sea Eagle PaddleSki is a rugged, stable, 14-foot boat that can be paddled or outboard-powered then put away as a 67-pound duffle-bag-size package. With five independent air chambers for safety and a rigid high-pressure inflatable drop stitch floor, it’s stable enough for standing and can handle a 6-horsepower outboard gas motor.

rigged Sea Eagle 437 PaddleSki™
The PaddleSki™ can be rigged “to the nines” with the Sea Eagle Sun and Rain Canopy, Scotty Fishing Accessories, up to 6 HP gas engine that will produce up to 16 mph and roughly 20 mpg, and the Sea Eagle EZ-CART that makes rolling to and from the water with ease.

Long Island fisherman Hawaiian Dan has rigged his Sea Eagle PaddleSki “to the nines” with a bow-mounted Minn Kota Spotlock-capable trolling motor, deck-mounted rod holders, a chartplotter, and a Honda 5HP gas motor. Fully loaded, he can cover water at 14 miles per hour to chase down striped bass blitzes, then use his trolling motor to sit on top of tautog, scup, and sea bass.

Sea Eagle 437 PaddleSki in car trunk
Sea Eagle 437 PaddleSki packs up for easy transportation.

Amazingly, he can go from car trunk to on the water in 20 minutes, fully rigged and ready to fish. To see how he does it, check out the video below.

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