I borrowed my friends Sevylor Fish Hunter 360 and brought it out to a local lake so I could write a proper review.
Here are a few specs:
Capacity: 6 adults or 1,200 lbs
Size: 11 ft 9 in x 5ft 7in
Rated for a 3hp motor MAX
Swivel Oar Locks
Two Fishing Rod Holders
I think the Sevylor Fish Hunter 360 is a fine boat if you are looking for a less expensive first time inflatable for fishing small lakes. Sevylor says it is rated for 6 people but that seems like a stretch to me. I’m sure if you absolutely had to fit 6 normal size adults in it you could do it but it wouldn’t be very comfortable.
The Sevylor seems to be pretty well constructed. The boat I used is several years old and apparently has started to leak air around where one of the oar locks attaches to the boat. My friend has used something to try and seal it up but I noticed if you push on the oar lock in just the right way air still escapes.
This was the first time I was in an inflatable boat that did not have a hard wood floor. I tried standing up on the Sevylor just to see what it might be like and it was pretty wobbly. I would highly recommend you do not stand up in this boat for safety sake.
I really liked the oar locks. The Sea Eagle boat I own did not have that feature when I purchased my boat so if you are planning to row your inflatable the Sevylor seems better designed to be able to do that. I will say that inflatable boats are flat bottom and a little bit of wind really moves them around. I love having an electric trolling motor on my boat. My buddy usually rows out to the middle of the lake and drops the line to the bottom. And he catches a ton of fish. But I like to troll around and if you are going to buy the Sevylor I’d highly recommend you consider buying a motor mount. Having a solid floor to me is also a big deal. Its nice after a couple of hours of fishing to be able to stand up and stretch out. I’ve seen some guys online that have modified their sevylor and created a wooden floor.
I noticed the Sevylor Fish Hunter seems to be lighter than my Sea Eagle 124 SMB. The Sevylor is rated for 6 people and my Sea Eagle is rated for 4 people but I swear my Sea Eagle feels like a bigger boat.
The Sevylor is a multi-chamber boat which is a good thing especially if you are going to be fishing from it. The last thing you want is a one or 2 chamber boat and accidentally snag a chamber with a fish hook and have to make your way back to shore. So from a safety standpoint I think it is a good option.
I notice the Sevylor breaks down pretty fast. It took me less than 20 minutes to set it up from start to finish. And it only took me about 10 minutes to break it down.
I was not totally impressed with the fishing rod holders. They did not feel as stout as what I am used to. It could have been just because I was using a boat that was much older and has seen plenty of use.
All and all if you are looking for your first inflatable boat and plan to stay on relatively small lakes and you are just looking for an inexpensive option to get you off the shore and docks and onto the lake I think this would be an acceptable fishing option.
I have to say my friend who owns his fish hunter thinks it is a great boat. Owning the fish hunter gives him and his son the ability to get out on the water and catch a lot of fish. It may not be the fanciest inflatable fishing boat on the market but it gets the job done.
Here is a link for the best pricing I have found for Sevylor Fish Hunter . Let me know if you find a better deal somewhere else.
Below are a few videos of me testing out the Sevylor Fish Hunter on one of the local lakes.