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I am going to buy a small boat in the next few days and right now I'm stuck between two...a 1970's sears 12' fiberglass boat for $100 or a Sea Eagle 9 (11' model) with the fisherman's dream package (oars, floorboards, motor mount, air pump) for $350. Neither come with any power and the sears comes without oars or oarlocks. I am going to use it for fishing rivers, lakes, and the back bays and also for clamming. I need something small that will eaither fit on top of my station wagon or inside. I need something light enough that I can carry it to and from the water by myself. Which one would you buy and why?
If you request a catalog from SeaEagle.com they send you material samples for the boats they make. The boat you're referring to was the lesser, cheaper material. But judging from the testimonials, it looks like a good boat.
Have you considered a John Boat? Many models are availabel and some are under 100lbs. They are also cost effective and you could probably get a new one cheap.
Jon Boats aren't stable enough for fishing in the back bays...I know the inflatable is very stable and I think the Sears fiberglass boat may be just a tad too heavy.
Spent time on a large sailboat with an inflatable. Soon found that many people also called them "deflatables" as they could/will lose air at the most unexpected time. But something with flotation in it or put it to be able to stay afloat.
Yeah, a good jon boat is the coleman crawdad. I have one and they are great little fishing boats. They are made of ram-x high impact plastic, 11'.5" long. They take up to a 5 hp motor. I haul mine in the back of my pickup. Fits perfect!
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