Buying an inflatable boat has really been great. I’ve truly had a blast and owning the boat has been a lot of fun. Below I will list some of the advantages and disadvantages to buying an inflatable boat for fishing.
- I’ve done a tone more fishing
- I’ve spent a lot of quality time with family and friends
- Finding and exploring new lakes has increased my sense of adventure in my life
- I’ve spent more meaningful one on one time with my kids
- Fishing and boating has helped me relax
- I’ve developed a new hobby and have something other than my work to talk about at Christmas parties.
- I’m constantly being reminded just how beautiful the world is.
But there have also been some disadvantages to buying my boat.
- I find myself always wanting to buy new gear for the boat
- I spend more time than I probably should fishing
- I have some bulging disks in my back and sometimes lifting the boat / battery can strain my back.
- Buying an inflatable boat was really my first introduction to boating. I have recently bought a bigger boat for fishing a little further from shore in the Puget Sound.
All in all I really have no regrets and would do it all over again if given the choice. Even though I’ve now purchased an even bigger boat for fishing in the Puget Sound I still plan on keeping my inflatable boat and will continue fishing from it.
My inflatable boat gives me access to a lot of lakes that my bigger boat would not be well suited for. In fact many of the small lakes I fish don’t have a boat launch so getting my bigger boat in the water just would not be an option.
One upside to buying an inflatable boat as your first boating experience is that you will learn if you enjoy fishing and boating. If you find out you don’t like it the initial investment wasn’t all that much and you can turn around and sell your boat to recoup some of the cost.
The flip side is you might be like me and find out you love boating and fishing and then before you know it you are out buying more and bigger boats. It can become an expensive hobby.