You chose the life of an RVer because you crave adventure. Getting outside, exploring caverns, and seeing beautiful new places is part of the excitement. That includes rivers, lakes, and open-water excursions. Many RVers will tow a hard-shell kayak, or bulky fishing boat – but for on-the-go RVers, inflatable boats, kayaks, and paddleboards are becoming increasingly popular due to their portability and ease of use.
So which inflatable boat is right for you? There are a few categories we’ve broken down inflatables into: Kayaks, Boats, Fishing, and Paddleboards.
Best Inflatable Kayaks
The best inflatable kayaks will be portable, durable, stable, and allow you to paddle with ease. Not all kayaks are created equal – it’s important to understand the type of kayak you need for how you’ll be using them.
The FastTrack series is byfar one of our favorites among the line of Sea Eagle products. We choose the Sea Eagle 385 Deluxe for it’s stability, light weight portability, speed and tracking, and overall versatility.
The FastTrack is great for someone who paddles mostly flat-water, but will be in choppier conditions. It performs well on flat-water with its narrow and sleek design, cutting through windy conditions, while maintaining speed. Think you might hit some choppier waters? The FastTrack can also paddle in up to Class 3 rapids with its built-in self-bailing drain valves. Just leave them open so the water drains out as it comes in.
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned paddler, you’ll find the FastTrack is extremely comfortable and easy to paddle. (Our 9 year old paddles the 385 FastTrack just fine by herself!)
Elderly paddlers feel at ease in the water and especially appreciate the handiness of the light weight 34 pound Sea Eagle 386 Deluxe on shore. Enjoy the back support provided by the easy to rig inflatable Deluxe Kayak Seats.
The Sea Eagle Explorer series is a great family kayak that performs exceedingly well in rapids and choppier waters. A little wider than the FastTrack, it offers up great stability. Sea Eagle Explorer Kayaks are great wet or dry boats – they are tough enough for class four whitewater, but stable, dry and comfortable on flat-water as well. (Pictured above is the 420x)
Now with 16 super-fast self-bailing drain valves that can be left open for wet whitewater and ocean kayaking or closed for high and dry flat-water paddling.
The Explorers also feature a removable slide skeg for improved tracking on open water. Pound for pound these new Explorers are champions capable of handling any type of adventure!
Best Inflatable Boat
Looking for a family boat? The 10’6 Sports Runabout is the perfect ship to shore tender. Great for exploring when anchored up, moored, or just plain running about. This small boat packs a truly big punch!
This rugged boat can carry up to 5 adults or 1200 lbs.They can be used simply as ship to shore rowing dinghies powered with just two oars, or they can be outfitted with floorboards (SE8s & Classic SE9s), bench seats, removable inflatable seats, and a motormount to accept a small outboard motor for a day of fishing or recreational boating.
Best Inflatable Fishing Boats
Not every inflatable fishing boat is the same. There are different fishing boats for every type of adventure, but for the sake of providing the best ones out there across all categories, we’ve narrowed our list down to three:
Looking for something that’s just like a standard fishing boat, minus the need for a trailer, ramps, fuel costs, or storage fees? The FishSkiff is a 16 foot inflatable fishing boat that fits in a car trunk, ready to go! Comprised of entirely drop-stitch technology like that of inflatable stand up paddle boards. The hull design truly maximizes speed, handling, performance, stability, fuel efficiency and most importantly safety. Nearly unsinkable and completely self-bailing with three separate independent large air-filled chambers. The FishSkiff™ will support an incredible amount of weight yet draft as little as six inches of water.
The unique U-hull configuration of this one man fishing boat provides the maximum fishing space with the least amount of hull weight.
The Hunter Green 285fpb is a stealthy inflatable boat that’s perfect for fishing or hunting. It goes anywhere, sets up in just 5 minutes and can fit in the trunk of a car.Sea Eagle’s Frameless Fishing Boats are roomy, lightweight, ultra-portable, pack into a small bag, and can be stowed in small spaces because they have no frames. They don’t require a trailer so you can carry them to the most remote, hard to reach locations where fish hide most!
Great for lakes, rivers, bays, creeks or almost any body of water. Sea Eagle Frameless Fishing Boats will take you where you want to go and where most other boats wouldn’t dare!
The New Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack™ Angler Kayak is here! A true rugged inflatable fishing kayak. Designed for fishermen adventuring outside traditional methods to catch fish!
Say goodbye to costly boat, trailer, fuel and ramp fees! No more foul smell of gas to deter fish. Get rid of toxic fumes and water pollution. Reduce your carbon footprint. Minimize setup time. Say farewell to crowded boat ramps and inaccessible shorelines.
Now you can stealthily glide right into the heart of where the trophy fish are! Best of all – they’ll never know you’re there! The portability and convenience of the 385 FastTrack™ Angler lets you stow it in your car trunk always ready to go!
Enjoy all the features of the FastTrack™. Including the patented, state of the art, external, rigid, inflatable NeedleKnife™ keel. Plus 29% thicker hull material, non-slip tough as crocodile hide protective padding to floor and pontoons, built-in rod, tool, hook and lure holders, 36″ Fish Ruler and more!
Best Inflatable Standup Paddleboards
If paddling into hard-to-reach places and maneuvering quickly while maintaining stability and flexibility is something that interests you, paddleboarding is definitely a fun option.
No matter what kind of adventure you’re about to embark on, our favorite inflatable SUP is the Sea Eagle Inflatable Hybrid. The Sea Eagle Inflatable Hybrid SUP Series allows you to sit, stand, surf, tour, and even perform yoga on them!
Featuring the World’s First and only innovative Paddle Pocket – A great way to quickly and conveniently secure your SUP paddle! When carrying your board around or getting thrashed by the surf – be sure to never lose your SUP paddle again!
The New Sea Eagle HB96 is a great all-around hi-performance inflatable SUP. Perfect for both flat water and surf, beginner and expert alike. The Stand Up/Sit Down/Surfing Hybrid 9’6″ gives you a fantastic work out and a great view of the water from a standing position
Which Boat is Right for My Adventure?
It’s important to save as much space as possible – and with an inflatable, you’re truly able to just unroll and go. Think about how you’ll use your boat, and in what conditions. What’s important to you? This will help you determine which option is best for you!