Hobby fishing is one of the world’s most popular pastimes due to the fact that most people have access to a body of water – be it either salt or fresh. Lakes, rivers and the seaside offer the fishing enthusiast a great way to unwind from a stressful working life and throw of the cares and tress of modern life – all for a relatively cheap price.
Entry level fishing gear can be purchased either new or used for much less than the cost of participating in other hobbies – but what happens when you want to venture into deeper water or when bank and shore fishing no longer presents the challenge that you want to enjoy.
For those who fish lakes and other still waters there is of course the option of a Float Tube – however when you want to enjoy the company of others there is only one real choice – a boat.
For anyone who has ever wanted to buy a watercraft one thing rapidly becomes very clear – boats are extremely expensive, even a used boat is going to cost a significant amount of money.
However there is an alternative for those who want to conserve their cash but still dream of fishing the deeper water with their friends and family – an inflatable boat.
These boats come in two different types; roll up inflatables and semi rigid hull inflatables. The roll up inflatable boat can literally be rolled up and inflated when it is required, while the semi rigid hull consists of a rigid or solid hull with two inflatable tubes situated on top of either side of the hull.
The semi rigid type usually boasts superior performance and for many users is the preferred type for ocean going inflatables. However, perhaps the major advantage to both types is the lower cost than traditional boat types.
For those who value easy transportation the roll up inflatable is ideal. These are available with a wide variety of seating arrangements but can accommodate up to six people in relative comfort – for the hobbyist these boats are the perfect compromise between performance and ease of use.
The semi rigid types of inflatable boats can be fitted with two engines making them ideal for use in the ocean. They are safe, economical and boast great performance and have become incredibly popular with fishermen all over the world.
The semi rigid inflatables can be fitted with seats, making the skipper’s job that much more comfortable and making extended trips a pleasure. These boats can also be fitted with a variety of lockers and wet wells for the storage of both bait, clothing and the catch of the day.
For those wishing to purchase the roll up inflatable the built in lockers are not an option – however there are a multitude of fittings that can be purchased to make any fishing trip much more comfortable.
In the end it is up to the individual fisherman to make their choice – but one thing remains true, whatever the choice inflatable fishing boats remain a cost effective way to get your hook into that elusive prize winning fish.
Intex Excursion 5, 5-Person Inflatable Boat