BIGfryFish

Need help choosing my first boat.

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I'm interested in getting my first fishing boat.   ATM I don't have the means to store or transport a regular boar or kayak.

 

So I was planning on getting a inflatable boat for now.   I have looked around and found a few that interest me.

It would be great if I could get some opinions on their reliability.

 

Which one of these inflatable boats would be ideal for me?   6'2" 250lbs  I plan on using it on small lake and ponds.

 

Solstice SunSkiff 3-Person Boat
https://www.amazon.com/Solstice-29350-SunSkiff-3-Person-Boat/dp/B004PPTC9G

 

Colossus™ 2-Person Boat
http://www.coleman.com/colossus-2-person-boat/2000014138.html?cgid=sevylor-boats
http://www.cabelas.com/product/boating/canoes-kayaks-small-boats/small-craft-inflatable|/pc/104794380/c/104710680/sc/104581980/coleman-colossus-inflatable-boat/1803117.uts

 

Caravelle 200 2-Person Boat
http://www.coleman.com/caravelle-200-2-person-boat/2000020562.html?cgid=sevylor-boats


I could wait a while and try getting "better".

Are any of these any better?
 

QuikPak™ K1 Coverless Sit-On-Top Kayak
http://www.coleman.com/quikpak-k1-coverless-sit-on-top-kayak/2000014137.html?cgid=sevylor-kayaksandcanoes

 

Solstice Voyager 6-Person Boat
https://www.amazon.com/Solstice-30800-Voyager-6-Person-Boat/dp/B004PPNP2Q

 

Solstice Voyager 4-Person Boat
https://www.amazon.com/Solstice-30400-Voyager-4-Person-Boat/dp/B004PPNOWC

 

Colossus™ 4-Person Boat
http://www.coleman.com/colossus-4-person-boat/2000014140.html?cgid=sevylor-boats

 

Point 65N Tequila GTX Modular Sit-on-Top Solo Kayak

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/81973?feat=1103-CL2&page=point-65n-tequila-gtx-modular-sit-on-top-solo-kayak&csp=f&attrValue_0=Red&productId=1374083

 

 

I really would like to get on the water soon.  The bank is getting kinda boring. 

 

Thx,  :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I would not even get near many of those with a fishing hook.  If you are fishing near in a small pond or stream a pontoon like this might be better.  I have seen some used near me.  Check out Cabelas.

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=1907270&type=product&WT.ac=YMAL-1907270&WT.z_pg_ref=prd711406

Also check out this video. The poster says to contact him if you have any questions

 

A kayak like this looks good also. It hac a special cover that your hook do not penetrate, is designed with rod holder and can even be setup with their special trolling motor.

http://www.coleman.com/rio-1-person-fishing-kayak/2000014134.html?cgid=sevylor-kayaksandcanoes

2000014134?wid=2000&hei=2000

Check out the video from youtube, and their are lots of other videos of guy fishing from inflatable kayaks.  I like these because they come all in one bag.  Very simple to setup as well.

Check out  https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Sevylor-Kiowa-Fishing-Kayak/dp/B00NFZUUO8

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@BIGfryFish: As fishnkamp mentioned, the cheaper thin-skinned inflatable boats can be easily punctured with a fishing hook and are definitely a very bad idea. His suggestion of an inflatable fishing kayak is a good one. Another idea for you to consider is an inflatable SUP — they are super lightweight, can be packed down into a backpack and are easy to fly with (you can check them with your luggage), and there are several nice models that have been specifically designed for fishing:

http://www.inflatableboarder.com/best-inflatable-sup-for-fishing/

 

I'd personally go with a kayak or inflatable paddle board unless you need something much bigger. Hope this helps.

Tight lines,

-Angling

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Well I'm looking for something to get me started in fishing from a "boat".  The capacity should be at least 350-400lbs.  

solo only.  It needs to be very portable & stowable.  That's why I'm looking at inflatables.

 

How to these kayaks & canoes compare?
Are any more reliable than the others?

 

Coleman Rio Canoe Hunt Fish
https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Rio-Canoe-Hunt-Fish/dp/B00EHKQ8J6/ref=pd_sbs_468_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00EHKQ8J6&pd_rd_r=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1&pd_rd_w=7mDW1&pd_rd_wg=ZipJC&refRID=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1

 

Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak
https://www.amazon.com/Sevylor-Quikpak-K1-1-Person-Kayak/dp/B00EVII3BK/ref=pd_sbs_468_11?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00EVII3BK&pd_rd_r=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1&pd_rd_w=7mDW1&pd_rd_wg=ZipJC&psc=1&refRID=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1

 

Sea Eagle SE330 Inflatable Sports Kayak Pro Solo Package
https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Eagle-Inflatable-Sports-Package/dp/B008CQAETQ/ref=pd_sbs_468_15?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B008CQAETQ&pd_rd_r=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1&pd_rd_w=7mDW1&pd_rd_wg=ZipJC&psc=1&refRID=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1

 

Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing Canoe
https://www.amazon.com/Sevylor-Rio-1-Person-Fishing-Canoe/dp/B00J0S0JFE/ref=pd_sbs_468_32?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00J0S0JFE&pd_rd_r=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1&pd_rd_w=7mDW1&pd_rd_wg=ZipJC&psc=1&refRID=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1

 

13' Pro-Angler Fishing Inflatable Kayaks FK396. Great Inflatable Rubber Kayak for Fishing and Kayaking.
https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Angler-Fishing-Inflatable-Kayaks-Kayaking/dp/B00FL4H95Y/ref=pd_sbs_468_41?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00FL4H95Y&pd_rd_r=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1&pd_rd_w=7mDW1&pd_rd_wg=ZipJC&psc=1&refRID=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1

 

Rio™ 1-Person Fishing Canoe
http://www.coleman.com/rio-1-person-fishing-kayak/2000014134.html?cgid=sevylor-kayaksandcanoes

 

QuikPak™ K1 Coverless Sit-On-Top Kayak
http://www.coleman.com/quikpak-k1-coverless-sit-on-top-kayak/2000014137.html?cgid=sevylor-kayaksandcanoes

 

Outcast Commander Packable Boat
http://www.cabelas.com/product/boating/canoes-kayaks-small-boats/pontoons|/pc/104794380/c/104710680/sc/104508180/outcast-osg-commander/2187155.uts

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I'd probably get stabilizers for a kayak or canoe.   Which would get me used to them.
But I think I would feel safer in a float right away.   
   
I'm really considering one of these.    Any reason to go with one over the other?
Does anyone have one?

 

Classic Accessories Colorado XT Pontoon Boat
http://www.cabelas.com/product/boating/canoes-kayaks-small-boats/pontoons|/pc/104794380/c/104710680/sc/104508180/classic-accessories-colorado-xt-pontoon-boat/711406.uts

 

Classic Accessories™ Clark Fork Pontoon
http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=1907270&type=product&WT.ac=YMAL-1907270&WT.z_pg_ref=prd711406

 

 

Kayak, Canoe, Pontoon? 

 

 

 

 

 

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I would ignore the following ones because they are built much more for paddling around and not designed to be seriously fished from: Sea Eagle 330, Sevylor Qwik Pak K1, 13 Pro Angler, it is more of a canoe to me, the Kwiq Pak coverless  kayak ( it is no different from the other K1, The Outcast Commander Packable boat.

 

That leaves only a few options. First if you do not weigh more than 250 pounds I think the Kiawa kayak is the nicest, it is also made the most durable, however there are a few things to consider.  Do you weigh more than 250 pounds and did you ever consider adding a trolling motor?  If the answer is yes to either question then I would go for the Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing Canoe.  It offers support for 1 angler up to 350 pounds and does offer the ability to add a trolling motor.

By the way during my research I found Walmart has both of those boats listed on their website.  I know you can order some of these and pick them up at your local Walmart sometimes next day. They also sold them as cheap as anybody.

 

The fishing pontoons look interesting but unless you are fishing very slow creeks, or a pond I do not think they are as versatile.

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57 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

The fishing pontoons look interesting but unless you are fishing very slow creeks, or a pond I do not think they are as versatile.

 

Don't be so quick to dismiss something you've never been in. Personal pontoons are very versatile, more stable, and more comfortable. "Very slow creeks"? I've gone through class II rapids and fast rivers in mine like nothing. There is another recent thread with information about one that's on sale right now.

https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/189589-classic-accessories™-clark-fork-pontoon/#comment-2141038

 

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My apology. I stand corrected.  The times I have seen them used has been on still water for bass and trout.

 

They still are best suited for a down river floating trip correct?  

 

The " versatility" I was thinking of relates to the fact a kayak or canoe can return upriver to a launch site more easily.

I must admit I have never fished from a kayak, however I have years of canoe fishing in lakes, streams and rivers like the Susquehanna, the Patapsco and Potomac rivers.

 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

My apology. I stand corrected.  The times I have seen them used has been on still water for bass and trout.

 

They still are best suited for a down river floating trip correct?  

 

The " versatility" I was thinking of relates to the fact a kayak or canoe can return upriver to a launch site more easily.

I must admit I have never fished from a kayak, however I have years of canoe fishing in lakes, streams and rivers like the Susquehanna, the Patapsco and Potomac rivers.

 

Downstream river fishing is how I use mine. A kayak or canoe can return up river IF the current isn't very strong. If storing and transportation is an issue, inflatables fit in well. An inflatable pontoon is extremely stable. Other inflatable canoes and kayaks are not nearly as stable. I've also used my pontoon with with a trolling motor.  There are several clubs, especially out west where pontoons are most common, that have regular tournaments on lakes with trolling motor powered pontoons. 

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I'm 6 ft 2 and weigh 250lbs.  So it needs to hold at least 350-400lbs.  ATM I don't plan to use a motor, so a mount is not "needed".  But if it has one or can be mounted later on that's fine.  I intend to use the kayak, canoe, or pontoon on ponds and small lakes.   No fast moving waters.   Ponds & Lakes like at Grafton Lakes State Park.   Where boats are restricted to paddles (row boat, kayaks, canoes).

 

From the replies so far I narrowed down my selections to the following.

*Are these canoes the same or different model versions?

 

*Rio™ 1-Person Fishing Canoe
http://www.coleman.com/rio-1-person-fishing-kayak/2000014134.html?cgid=sevylor-kayaksandcanoes

 

*Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing Canoe
https://www.amazon.com/Sevylor-Rio-1-Person-Fishing-Canoe/dp/B00J0S0JFE/ref=pd_sbs_468_32?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00J0S0JFE&pd_rd_r=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1&pd_rd_w=7mDW1&pd_rd_wg=ZipJC&psc=1&refRID=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1

 

Coleman Rio Canoe Hunt Fish
https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Rio-Canoe-Hunt-Fish/dp/B00EHKQ8J6/ref=pd_sbs_468_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00EHKQ8J6&pd_rd_r=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1&pd_rd_w=7mDW1&pd_rd_wg=ZipJC&refRID=FF0TDF03FYQQQ13EWRG1

 

Classic Accessories Colorado XT Pontoon Boat

http://www.cabelas.com/product/boating/canoes-kayaks-small-boats/pontoons|/pc/104794380/c/104710680/sc/104508180/classic-accessories-colorado-xt-pontoon-boat/711406.uts

 

Classic Accessories™ Clark Fork Pontoon
http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=1907270&type=product&WT.ac=YMAL-1907270&WT.z_pg_ref=prd711406


So what a the PRO's & CON's for these?

Which one(s) would be good for a fish time boat?

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My first of eight or nine kayaks was an inflatable Coleman. It was slow, but worked just fine. It was similar to the Coleman Sevylor 24-Gauge K5 Hot Fish Inflatable Single-Seater Kayak that you're considering. Although I sometimes hooked the polyester cover with a lure, I never worried about puncturing the air bladders underneath.

 

It was a great boat for me. I ended up giving it to a stranger who's now a friend. It was a great boat for him, too. I've attached an old photo of him fishing in it. Eventually, though, the area around one of the valves failed, although not before we both got a lot of use out of it. However, I have no regrets about buying and using it.

 

I'd suggest getting a 12 volt air pump to use when inflating AND deflating the air bladders (I loved that part). It makes using an inflatable much easier and more convenient. 

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The Coleman Sevylor 24-Gauge K5 Hot Fish Inflatable Single-Seater Kayak only holds up to 250lbs.   I weigh close to 250lbs, so that won't work.  :(  So that's off my list.      Now I'm down to 4 (5) choices, and I added a larger option if I want to take a friend.    So how do these stack up against each other?

 

Sevylor Rio 1-Person Fishing Canoe
NMMA® certified to hold up to 350 lbs.
Inflated dimensions: 9 ft. 9 in. x 3 ft.

 

Coleman Rio Canoe Hunt Fish
Holds up to 350 pounds
measures 9' 10" by 3' 1"

 

Classic Accessories Colorado XT Pontoon Boat
9-ft. pontoons
400-lb. capacity

 

Classic Accessories™ Clark Fork Pontoon
Assembled: 96"L x 55"W x 29"H.
capacity: 350 lbs

 

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Is having the Swivel Seat factory installed worth the extra $$?    Can I change the XT to swivel seat myself

with less fuss?

 

Colorado XTS Pontoon Boat with Swivel Seat
https://classicaccessories.com/colorado-xts-pontoon-boat

 

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Would this be a good option for couple fisherman weighing in together about 500lbs, with fishing gear (4 rods & reels,

2 medium sized tackle boxes, cooler, lunchbox)?

 

Fish Hunter™ 280 4-Person Fishing Boat with Berkley® Rod Holder
NMMA® certified to hold up to 750 lbs.
Inflated dimensions: 8 ft. 11 in. x 5 ft. 1 in.

http://www.coleman.com/fish-hunter-280-4-person-fishing-boat-with-berkley-rod-holder/2000020575.html?cgid=sevylor-boats

 

 

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I know it's way over my preferred budget, but what are the opinions for the Hobie Mirage i12S?

http://www.hobiefishing.com/mirage/mirage-i12s/

 

How well does it hold up compared to traditional hard bodied kayaks?   Are there any other inflatable brands that are

as good as the Hobie brand?   Anything good for a starter investment?

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