Very satisfied with all aspects of this transaction. The boat is actually more than I expected. Very stable and because I am a senior very comfortable with the raised seating. I have installed an electric motor and again it performed excellently. On its maiden voyage on a remote trout pond in northern Maine landed 3 brook trout on a fly rod with the smallest being 19" and the largest being 23". all were released as this pond is designated as a trophy trout pond. Since seeing my boat in action My two fishing buddies are seriously considering purchasing the same boat as mine before our next trip. I would highly recommend this boat to anyone interested in a one person inflatable fishing boat. I would only make two suggestions to increase the versatility of this boat 1) add a leaning type bar to help when standing and 2) have the motor mount offset so that it would be easier to operate the motor.
I have used my Sea Eagle 285fpb about 50 times since I have owned it for the last 3 years. Overall I think it is a big upgrade to my old fishing kayak. The comfort and portabliity are superior to those provided by my 12 ft sit on fishing kayak.I can set up the 285 is under 15 minutes from car to lake with the assistance of an electric inflation pump I bought from amazon. Many folks have asked me where I bought this unique boat and I have gladly pointed them to Sea Eagle. I am very much a supporter of the company. The build qualty is excellent for this craft.
The only significant negative thing I can report is the poor tracking, especially into the wind. Since this boat does not have any keel, it wanders quite a bit when paddling. It took some practice to be able to paddle in a semi strait path. Fortunaly, I am mostly just fishing and not paddling too much.
Great boat have only used it a couple of times because of serious surgery problem. My son now has it and is enjoying it with his 7 year old catching lots of trout in Prince George BC
I initially really liked the boat. Its easy to transport and deploy and extremely stable on the water and goes well ender power from a electric motor. the only downfall I experienced was that it doesn't track well using the oars and spins and blows around a lot in the wind. I am currently looking to sell the boat but only because I need something to accommodate another person
My husband LOVES his boat!
Good boat does what it was advertise to do.
I love my boat have used it many times on lakes and rivers. It is everything you would want in a small one person boat. I added a Minn Kota 40lb thrust trolling motor and it handles it well. I really like the stability also feel very safe when motoring around the lake and when riding the rapids on the New River & Greenbrier River.