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285fpb Reviews (92 total, avg. review: 4.6 out of 5)
Wow, Where do I start? I just got into fishing. Started researching small watercraft that would fit in my small truck bed. Wanted something light weight, durable and easy to assemble. I didn't like the idea of my feet dangling in the water, also wanted the ability to stand up in the boat. Well the Sea Eagle 285 fpb fit my requirements. SeaEagle.com website is great. So easy to navigate and understand. Called in to customer service, Will was my representative. He made the buying process so easy. My 285 showed up in less than week. Ja, Ja I was so excited I put it together right in my living room. Took about 25 min first time. I've been tricking it out. Added Scotty mount anchor and additional Scotty rod holders. I'm really happy that I installed Fishfindermount.com to hold my Lowrance fish finder. First trip out was to Lake Pleasant, Az. My 285 performed great. I must admit being 6ft tall weighing 260 lbs made standing a little scary at first, but I got use to, even in choppy water. 1st Fish
Really is durable and easy to move around. I put a 50 pound thrust Minn Kota and never have to go past 4 on speed control. Can not say any negatives about the boat. I knew before buying it about the wind but its ok, just move into another cove. I am 68 and this is just what I needed but would recommend it for all ages.
Great little boat. Did have water from small waves come in the front flap when under power. Had to clip the flap up to stop water coming in.
Love this boat! Perfect one man fishing machine!
I have used my Sea Eagle 285 a number of times these last few months and am very happy with the boat. I can now keep the boat inflated from lake to lake with my boat rack which sits above my 5th wheel hitch. Now when we arrive at a new location in our travels I can inflate the boat and transport it around. I use the boat much more often not having to inflate and deflate all the time.more ▼
This last trip we even used it to drop some crab pots in the Oregon Bay we were at. Caught our limit twice. I also have the EZ cart. This has enabled me to load the boat at the truck and wheel it to where I put into the water. The cart sits in the back of my truck when not in use. It is very useful as I need to be able to move the truck by myself.
Love it. Much better than a kayak. Still use. my canoe in some spots, but the 285 is like fishing in an easy chair. Easy to handle with my 55 trolling motor, also.
I love my Sea Eagle boat. I rate it 5 stars. It's everything that I wanted in a rowboat. It's easy to assemble, easy to use, dependable, safe, etc. I've added a 1 1/2 lb anchor and a boat rope but that's all. I love rowing the boat since it's so easy and I'm not bothered mounting the motor mount or having to carry a trolling motor & battery in my van.
Finally got the chance to try out my sea eagle 285. Quality of the boat itself is great, light weight and easy to transport. It handled very well in the wind and surpriseinly easy to oar in choppy water. The only complaint I have is how the oars are mounted on the boat. I found that I kept hitting my knees when I used the oars, there should some way of adjusting the length of the oar handles.
I unpacked the boat in Grayling, MI to use on the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers. The boat was easy to assemble and set-up; just follow the instructions. The front of the boat tends to rise at more than minimal thrust with my 2.3 HP Honda.
The optional wheel assembly I purchased made launching and retrieving the boat reasonable easy. I performed both functions by myself on log steps and a healthy incline; at age 74 easy of launching and loading was a concern.more ▼
The oar mounts are not fixed; after two float trips I still struggle with coordinating both paddles because of the flex in the mounting arms.
Well made boat - worth the money.
On the plus side:
The 285fpb seems to be durable so far, and set up is reasonably quick. It's easy to launch and get in and out.
On the other hand:
Carrying in the pack is cumbersome, I tried to get the straps over my shoulders to pack on my back and tore one off.
Then it's another three trips back and forth to get everything to the water - floorboard, seat, oars, motor mount, etc.more ▼
It's nearly impossible to get the floorboard installed under the rails that hold it in place.
Inflating with the foot pump, how are you supposed to check for 3.2 PSI?
Standing up on the floorboard with felt sole boots is like trying to stand on glare ice with teflon soles.
The handle ends of the oars hit when parallel to the water..
It doesn't track when rowing.
Skitters around on the water like a balloon, slight wind sends it off in another direction.
Fishing at anchor, it spins every time the wind changes.
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