Best Uses: Fishing, ponds, lakes, rivers
Brand: Sea Eagle
Number of Boaters: 2 (for the 375 FoldCat) 4 (for the 440 FoldCat)
Stats for the 375 FoldCat: Length 12’ 4’’, Width 4’ 6”, Weight 75 lbs., Speed 13 kph w/gas, 6kph w/ electric, Engine Capacity 3 hp (20 kg max wt.), Load Capacity 650 lbs.
Stats for the 440 FoldCat: Length 14’ 2”, Width 5’ 5”, Weight 101.4 lbs., Speed 13 – 17 km, Engine Capacity 4hp gas or up to 74 lb. thrust electric, Load Capactiy 952 lbs.
Accessories Included: Folding frame, 2 super strong oars and oarlocks, built-in motormount for gas and electric motors, 2 swivel seats, 2 quick release seat mounts, foot pump, two rod holders, nylon hull carry bag, repair kit, NMMA certified
Optional Accessories: More rod holders, more swivel seats, more release mounts, foldcat pedestals, selection of motors, casting bar
Boat Material: 1100 Decitex reinforced, quadruple overlap seams, aluminum slat roll up over full fabric floor
Pros: Can hold up to 6 people (depending on the model), very stable, completely suited-up for fishing, can reach high speeds, handles wind and waves smoothly, very rugged, highly portable
Cons: A little heavy – the larger model is quite heavy and you definitely need two people to carry it
Available At: SeaEagle.com – Foldcat
More Detailed Info
At first glance the Sea Eagle FoldCat looks like a regular pontoon boat. However this boat has so much more going on and is the ultimate in convenience and portability.
As you likely know most pontoon boats have an awkward metal frame with lots of parts that takes a good amount of time to put together.
This FoldCat has a unique folding frame that allows you to set it up quickly. Sea Eagle states that it takes 5 minutes to set-up but I would allow for between 5 – 10 minutes realistically.
The other great feature of this inflatable boat is that it has a hull floor giving a large amount of practical and useable space. This also helps to catch any gear that may drop and makes it possible to carry more fishing gear and supplies than ordinary pontoon boats.
The stability is fantastic and you would have no problem standing and keeping balance. Its pontoons are spaced widely apart and the wide beam gives fantastic stability compared to a hard hull boat.
Totally Geared For Fishing
Make no mistake about it, the FoldCat was designed for fishing.
It has swivel seats that rotate 360 degrees, rod holders and a choice of motors that allow you to get across open water quickly then paddle slowly into the area you want to be (hopefully to find the best fish).
The versatility of being able to not only use a motor but also to use the oars allows you to get into harder to access fishing spots with ease.
There are lots of optional accessories that are available to purchase depending on which one of the packages you choose.
With the different package selections and the fact that there are two different sizes to choose from, there is a boat that will suit everyone’s needs and budget.
This FoldCat will allow you to:
- Get to more remote fishing areas
- Catch more fish
- Save big money – costs much less than the gas guzzling hard-shell boats
This boat can reach some pretty good speeds if you need to use it. If you do take it full speed expect that whoever is sitting in front to get wet.
However one of the great advantages to the FoldCat being an inflatable is that it has flex and is able to handle wind and waves much smoother than a hard-shell boat would.
Quality of Construction
First thing to know about the quality of this boat is that it is manufactured by a company that has been in the inflatable boat business for over 40 years. Sea Eagle knows what they are doing and their reputation is well known for extremely solid, well built, rugged and easy to use inflatable boats.
The FoldCat is not only very stable but very solidly built. It can be bumped and prodded and essentially beaten up and it will hold its own. Sea Eagle tests all of their boats by pounding them with the sharp end of a claw hammer.
You do not have to worry about the FoldCat hitting rocks or bumping a dock. It has a great 3 year warranty and a 180 day money back guarantee. There is nothing to worry about here.
Final ThoughtsThis inflatable boat offers so much versatility that it simply overshadows many of the rigid fishing boats I have seen.
It offers convenience, portability and the ability to reach some fantastic fishing destinations which is what it is all about.
If you are looking for a solid and stable inflatable boat that can hold between 2 and 6 people then this is the one to get.
Though it can be neatly packed away and stored in a small space, it is still a little heavy so you will definitely need someone to help carry it and set it up. If you want a one-man inflatable fishing boat please see our review on the Sea Eagle Frameless Pontoon Boat.
For the initial set-up give yourself a little extra time to figure it all out. Sea Eagle’s instructions are great and easy to use but you will still need a few extra minutes to know what you are doing.
Actually I would recommend trying out the set-up before you ever take it to the water. Once you know what you are doing it can be set-up very quickly.
Where To Buy
You can purchase the Foldcat directly from the Sea Eagle website. There are 4 different package options to choose from and they sometimes have great sales.