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285fpb Reviews (111 total, avg. review: 4.6 out of 5)
This is to augment my review of June 2018. I have now used the boat on three float trips on the Manistee River and a couple excursions on Lake Margrethe.
I could never properly use the oars and lost control of the boat in the river current. My fix was to remove both oars and merely paddle the boat as if it were a canoe or kayak. It went much better so I removed the oar lock assembly posts and now just paddle the boat.show full review ▼
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.show full review ▼
I was really looking for something more roomy and stable for fishing the mangrove marshes and kind of tired of my kayak so I bought one of these bad boys. All around the boat is pretty good and I like the room and stability caughten a lot of Redfish out of it however, I was fishing one night and caught a hard head catfish and brought it to the boat, once I got the hook out of it's mouth I released it and watched it hit the side of my pontoon and popped a hole in it with it's sharp pectoral fin. I have patched the hole since then and it's fine but now I know this boat is not as durable as I thought and for that I give it 4 stars.
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.show full review ▼
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.show full review ▼
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.show full review ▼
I've only used my Sea Eagle four times, since I purchased, last fall. My thoughts:
1) Should have purchased the package deal that included the motor & battery. Would have saved a few dollars. 2) The craft is easy to maneuver. When using the motor, need to keep you hand on the throttle, or it will veer. 3) A little challenging using the oars, if your knees are bent. Have to keep my legs stretched out so the oars don't hit (I'm 5'9") 4) The oars should be a few inches shorter, as the ends come very close together when rowing. 5) As I feared, the boat registration stickers do not stay on due to the inflating/deflating of the boat. Luckily my state DNR said it's ok to attach to a piece of plastic and hang on the pontoons. 6) I've received a few comments: "That's a sweet set-up"; "Has to be a lot more comfortable than sitting in this kayak for 5 hours"; "I need one of those" 7) So far, not comfortable standing but just as easy to sit and catch 8) Overall, love my Sea Eagle. Would highly recommend.
Great fishing boat. I full time RV and I can not tow a boat behind a 5th wheel. This inflatable fits my needs. I am a big man and retired. The 285 pontoon boat works well for me.
Easy to inflate, easy to assemble. The floor board was a bit difficult to install but got it in. I use the oars, Using the oars effectively required a learning curve. Rowing forward with short strokes worked well for me on the Umpqua River in Oregon.show full review ▼