Top Inflatable Fishing Boats for the Money Reviewed in 2018

Inflatable Fishing Boats

Now, there are, of course, very high priced inflatable boats out there that are perfect for anglers. But, what about the people who just want to fish every once and a while and, therefore, don’t want to spend a lot of money on something they may not use daily? Or, what about those who are on a budget, but want to fish and get out on the water?

With these reasons in mind, we’ve compiled the top inflatable fishing boats in 2018 for the money. So, if you’re looking for a new inflatable fishing boat such as inflatable rafts, frameless pontoon boats, or inflatable kayaks or just looking to buy your first one, check out this list below for the top options.

Intex Excursion 5

Intex Excursion 5

This is the best option around for anyone looking for a cost-efficient yet high-quality boat to get them out on the water and ready to fish. Available with aluminum oars and a high output air pump, this model is inexpensive for what you get. A bigger inflatable boat than most, you can seat up to about five people on this model. If you’re just looking for a fishing boat for yourself, this is still a top option because of the huge size—you’ll have plenty of room for all of your gear.

The only con that comes with this top choice is the stability. This boat isn’t as sturdy or rigid as other inflatables, which may worry some first-time inflatable boat owners. However, once you get used to the feel of the boat, this may not be a con anymore for you.

Intex Seahawk 4

Intex Seahawk 4

This boat holds up to four people, making it ideal for a group gathering or a solo fisherman who needs room for their equipment. The Intex Seahawk 4 is the cheapest option on this list, but don’t let the low price scare you. This boat is still high quality, and incredibly efficient. This is also a great boat for beginners who are just looking for a boat to get started. It’s easy to set up than most others and only requires inflation to get started.

The main con of this boat is the durability. It doesn’t last as long as other boats do. If you’re just looking for a starter boat to get you out on the water, this is the boat for you. If you’re looking for a boat that will keep you going for a while, you may need to look elsewhere and maybe spend a bit more.

Intex Mariner 3

A smaller boat that is possibly the most durable for its price, the Intex Mariner 3 boat is great for people who are looking for a boat that will last longer. This boat is made for fishers that like to spend long days out on the water and is a steal at the price.  

The Intex Mariner 3 was made for durability and long days, with three layers of material supporting the boat. These three layers protect it from sun damage and abrasions while also helping keep the whole boat sturdy and reliable. The only con this boat has is the smaller size, as it can only fit about 3 people. However, for lone fishermen, this boat is more than enough for one person and their fishing gear.

Classic Accessories Cumberland Fishing Float Tube

Classic Accessories Cumberland Fishing Float Tube

One of the greatest things about this boat is it’s backpackable format, making it easy to carry to farther rivers and lakes than some of these other boats. If you’re looking for a boat for remote areas, this is the easiest to control and carry. And for the price, also a total steal.

This is a smaller boat, though, and therefore only suitable for one person. This boat also requires flippers to work as efficiently as possible, which may be a turn off for some people.

Classic Accessories Colorado Inflatable Pontoon Boat

Classic Accessories Colorado Inflatable Pontoon Boat
​It would be nice to own a standard boat to use for fishing. However, the reality is that most people don’t have the money to buy a boat, and then keep up with all the expenses. If you’re looking for a way to fish without the added money and hassle of actually owning a standard fishing boat, you should probably look into inflatable boats that only require a foot pump.

If you’re a single fisherman looking for a way to combat some tougher waters, this Classic Accessories Colorado boat will do the job for you. This boat is possibly the best fishing boat for rougher waters in 2018. Also, if you’re not a fan of rowing, this boat comes with a motor mount.  Buy a motor, and let the boat lead the way for you. This boat is the most expensive on this list.  However, all the added details, and the increased durability and storage make this boat well worth the money.

This boat is great for solo anglers and the boat even comes with amazing storage room for all of your fishing gear and tools. This incredible storage capacity also comes with about 20 pockets and two insulated drink holders, which is especially nice for those long days out on the water.

The main con this boat has is how awkward it is to carry. This is not a boat suited for remote areas. It’s big and bulky and a bit difficult to transfer places. However, if you don’t want or need to fish in remote areas, this boat is well worth the awkwardness. And, if you add that motor to it, you can go as far into a lake or river with barely any exertion.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a standard boat if you want to go fishing out on the waters. Instead, try one of these inflatable boats that are reliable, durable, and just as efficient as a costly standard fishing boat. You’ll probably be surprised at how much easier and affordable fishing with an inflatable boat is. All of these boats on this list are efficient in regards to construction, capacity, and overall cost.