If you are going to do any serious fishing from an inflatable boat you are going to want a motor mount attachment. Many of the different inflatable boat companies make boats that specifically are designed for a motor mount and many actually make the motor mount attachment so you do not have to fabricate something on your own. When I bought my boat I purchased the Minn Kota Endura 30 trolling motor as it was included in the Fisherman’s dream package for my Sea Eagle 124 SMB. I’ve found that this is a great little trolling motor for fishing lakes. My max speed is about 3 miles per hour. The motor has 5 speeds and Reverse. When I am trolling I usually only use #1 and #2 trolling speed anything faster then that and the trout just can’t swim fast enough to catch up. You would not want to use the Minn Kota endura 30 in salt water as Minn Kota says on their website that it will significantly reduce the life of the motor and voids the warranty. Minn Kota does make the rip tide trolling motors that are designed for salt water use. The salt water is a pretty harsh environment and a little lake trolling motor wouldn’t last long if you were always exposing it to a salt water environment.
I borrowed a friends Sevylor Fish Hunter 360 inflatable boat and the boat he purchased did not come with a motor-mount. The Sevylor website says the Sevylor Fish Hunter is rated for up to a three (3) hp motor. I found this image of a transom motor mount that is available for the Sevylor from one of the big outfitters and I have to say that it looks a little flimsy compared to the motor mount setup I have for my Sea Eagle Boat. The price tag for this motor mount for the Sevylor was $99 at the time I was searching.
I borrowed a friends Honda 5hp motor as my Sea Eagle boat said it was rated for up to 6hp. You can watch a video clip of me using the Sea Eagle in the Puget Sound under my full review of my boat. If you plan on using your boat for fishing just off the beach in the Puget Sound I’m sure this setup would work. I also noticed that Honda now makes a smaller 2.5hp trolling motor. The smaller motor seems like a more attractive offering just because lugging around a 5hp motor would not be much fun.
You can read my full review of my inflatable fishing boat here.
Or you can watch a quick video of me using my boat with a 5hp honda motor in the puget sound below.