So, thought I would give a year end review of the FishSkiff16. My original post when I ordered and after I had taking it to the coast fishing can be read here: Going over to inflatables.. So, took the FKS16 to the coast in April and October for a month each time. The boat fished flawless with absolutely no complaints. Since we Camp right on the sound, putting the boat in and taking out was easy with the two wheel cart I purchased from Sea Eagle. The 6HP Mercury I purchased worked perfect with the boat allowing us to go in as little as 6” of water. We fished the sound going out 4-5 miles. Unfolding and folding was easy with my wife helping. The only complaint was while folding up at the end of our October trip, I noticed the transom board had rubbed two places on the inside of the inflatable. See pictures attached. I contacted Sea Eagle when we returned home and sent them the pictures. Sea Eagle shipped my boat back to the company for inspection. Then after a week I was contacted again by Sea Eagle and told they were sending me a brand new replacement. Now the new replacement was the new improved FKS 16 which is 20 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. Weighing in at just 92 lbs. versus the previous 112 lbs. It's also incredibly stronger due to the fusion welding process and much easier to fold and pack up. The transom on the new FKS16 doesn’t rub or touch either of the insides. So, all in all I have to say that Sea Eagle is a top notch company that stands behind their boats. I also am building a break down boat trailer to take with me on my April trip. Allowing me to transport the boat to different places on the coast where we use to haul our kayaks to and fish. I’ll make a post on the trailer when I finish.
I’ve had it out in some pretty choppy waves in 15 mph winds ( sound; not the ocean). Not once did I feel unsafe. Now with it being low profile I have taken some spray from the front on waves in choppy water. But that’s expected in any boat, kayak or anything that’s low profile. The price $1999.00 did hurt a bit but it was well worth the money IMO. Being able to fold and store in the rear seat of my Chevrolet 2500 HD and take it on vacation while pulling a fifth wheel is priceless. The beaches have gotten so over crowded since Covid; being able to get away from the crowd and catch fish is also priceless. Which the 6hp Mercury: I purchased a used crib mattress. I put that between the fifth wheel hitch and the truck tailgate and lay the motor down, stap it down and away I go.
Finished the inflatable trailer. Breaks down in three pieces. Wired rear trailer lights on it and will zip tie the wiring onto the center up to the hitch when I bolt it together. Will keep the wiring rolled up when carrying on the camper. Rear axel fenders and wheels weighs in at 62 Lbs. Will carry it in the receiver on the rear of the fifth wheel camper. Wired a four prong trailer connector on the rear of the 5er so I can plug the inflatable axel section up so the rear lights work tandem with the camper. Long center piece will be carried inside the camper and the front short piece with the folding wheel and 2” hitch will be on the back of the truck. Will use ratchet straps fixed to four D-rings to hold the FKS16 on the trailer.
Tires are 6 ply rated to 62 MPH. Hubs and bearings are rated for 2500 Lbs. Axels and spindles are rated for 2000 Lbs. Most I would be driving is 55 pulling trailer for sure. Probably realistically 50 MPH. Using only when I get to the campground to travel to different locations to launch in the sound. Boat and gear without engine (which I would carry on the back of the truck on a crib mattress) weighs approximately 150 Lbs. Thanks for the advice. Will definitely keep this in mind.
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