Purchased my 375fc (fishing package) in June 2016 wanting to float tame rivers and maybe some lakes. It's been great! Setup: first time setup takes some time, but it's well worth it as it makes the setup and breakdown each time a snap. The only issue I found was the mounting holes for the oar towers were spaced incorrectly on one side. Easily rectified by drilling a new hole. Not a biggie. I got the Turbo Inflator which is great for quickly getting the boat to 95% inflated. I use the foot pump to top it off. First time setup for river: I timed myself and it took 19 minutes from parking the truck to getting the boat in the water. That's pretty awesome. I probably stay in that general timeframe now, though it fluctuates depending on how I'm rigging....i.e. with the standing bar, how many seats, etc. Breakdown: breakdown is very fast and simple. I recommend using a tarp during breakdown to avoid as much grime when rolling it up. On the water: very easy to oar and very nimble.
THIS IS MY SECOND FOLD CAT. IT REALLY FILLS MY NEED. THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE WITH THE SECOND BOAT IS IT DID NOT COME WITH POLE HOLDER MOUNTS . I HAVE THE POE HOLDERS BUT EXPECTED THE MOUNTS TO BE INSTALLED AS THEY WERE WITH MY FIRST BOAT AND DID NOT KEEP THE TWO II NEED. CAN I OBTAIN THEM?I HAVE PROBABLY SOLD MORE THAN A DOZEN OF THIS BOAT FOR YOU BY SHOWING THE BOAT AND TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT IT. IT IS A GREAT LITTLE BOAT THAT YOU CAN TAKE PLACES WITHOUT A TRAILER. I AM ABLE TO PUT IT IN A SLIP AT THE MARINA I USE DURING THE SUMMER, THEN PUT IT IN STORAGE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS WHILE WE OUR AT OUR HOME IN ARIZONA (WE HAVE AN INBOARD/OUTBOARD IN AZ).
A GREAT LITTLE BOAT.
A great little boat for small reservoirs &marsh areas. love it for its very small draft . Haven"t launched in a river yet .I think. a Great little fishing boat that it will do just fine . a great little fishing boat
proscant beat the convenience, doesn't take up too much room, perfect for a SUV or hatchbackthe green color is so cool and blendsI left mine inflated and threw it on top of tonneau cover on pickupthis allowed me to go solo AND save a lot of timeI also modified it by putting on a removable plywood deck, covered by camo green boat vinyl florringrear swivel boat seat, electric motor and front seat/storage bin and rod holder!
perfect for a day float or even a float and campvery comfy!!!!!everyone flips out when they see me go byvery stable, you can sit on the deck and dangle legs in wateryou can sit right in front between pontoons and crab your way thru low watervery well built, no malfunctions in two seasonsconsas with any inflatable very subjective to windrecommend the highest power electric motor possibledoes not maneuver well........comes with the territory with type of boat
I wasn't sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised how well it was build. I felt secure while using it.
My FoldCat is a very nice fishing platform. Light enough to be loaded into my pickup, to be assembled at a lake and to be maneuvered on our state's small lakes - even for me in my late 70's. Equipped with an electric trolling motor for the days when wind is a problem when rowing, this boat gets me to where I wish to be. The lack of fish in the boat should not be a reflection of the boat's worth. I have had this boat for about 5 years, and at the end of the first season, when exiting a lake at a very rough, rocky boat landing, one pontoon was abraided badly. The patching material supplied with the boat was applied and has held since that time. A very good investment.
After using my pontoon for fishing for two years now, I am very happy with the performance. The hulls are very well made and withstand normal abuse launching and retrieving. The seats are sturdy and comfortable. I do wish there was some type of floor as it can be tricky moving about when stepping among the slats. I use the 30# electric trolling motor and it is plenty powerful. Switching to a small gas motor is my next step, as I would like more range. Overall the quality of the boat, aluminum pieces, rod mounts, etc. is very substantial and I doubt I could ever wear this boat out.
I did experience a very rough water ride with a large man in the front seat, me in the rear on a lake full of high powered boats zooming about. We encountered several large wakes, which the boat handled most excellently. Only casualty was a spilled beverage.
I bought this boat along with my brother in law. We've gone lake fishing for trout for the past 3 years. We enjoy the portability of the boat (instead of inflating it everytime we go fishing, we do it once in the spring and periodically check the pressure. We have small suv's with roof racks, we can easily manoeuver the boat onto the roof and secure it with fasteners. This is quite practical since we only have to untie it once we arrive at the lake and put it in the water.
The only issues we have is with the oare system and the elevated seat supports. The oars have to be positionned in their brackets and they tend to get in the way when fishing, expecially fly fishing. We designed a system to attach them to the top of the pontoons, while better that the brackets, they are still in the way. As for the elevated seat supports, some of the screws that hold the top plate came off and gave me a nice tumble off the seat! We secured it with new srews.
I will continue buying SE products.
UWe love our boat. After shopping extensively, we chose the fold cat over all others. It fits our 5th wheel RVing style and fishing style perfectly. Easy to set up and take down and light enough and mobile enough for retirees like us to handle easily. That was a priority for us. Bought it online. Have had "0" issues from start to finish. Have landed tons of fish. Here's a couple of pics for your enjoyment.