A boat via UPS

Sea Eagle Fish Skiff with outboard power packs a lot of versatility—and capacity for two.

The Sea Eagle Fish Skiff is a hybrid inflatable boat/paddleboard. It’s a durable, drop-stitch boat with three inflation chambers—two sides and the floor. On a recent trip on the Indian River Lagoon, we ran the Fish Skiff with a 5-horsepower Honda 4-stroke. The engine weighs 60 pounds and carries 1.5 liters of fuel (a bit under half a gallon) under the cowl. Honda data indicates 43 minutes of operation at WOT.

The Skiff is rated for 1 or 2 persons. With Sea Eagle’s John Hoge and me on board, and the Bimini top up, we got about 10 mph. Solo, I made 15. In an inflatable with a flat bottom, that feels plenty quick. You can also paddle the boat like a standup board.

Through some quick turns, the 100-pound boat felt sure and stable. I bounced though a few boat wakes on the ICW, and the floor—though in fact it is inflated, like the sides—felt solid. I didn’t take any waves over the bow, but the bolt-on wood transom is elevated slightly to allow water to drain, if you do ship some water.

Especially pleasing was stability at rest: I was able to step from below the Bimini top and stand in the bow—solo— cast for a long drift across a flat, and then walk back to the operator’s seat.

Rolled up, it will easily stow in an SUV, RV or other vessel. Boat and motor package, with twin seats, Bimini top and other supplies, sells and ships via UPS for $3,849. The base boat with single seat and paddle, goes for $1,799.

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