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Sea Eagle PackFish 7 Review (PF7)
The Sea Eagle PackFish 7 is an ultra lightweight, extremely packable 1 person inflatable fishing boat that you can literally take anywhere. Weighing in at only 21 pounds and capable of being packed down into the included backpack, the Sea Eagle PF7 is an excellent option for anglers who want an easy, super convenient way to get out on the water.
Measuring 84″ x 39″, the PackFish7 is compact yet stable. It comes loaded with great features which serious anglers will appreciate, and this inflatable boat is built to hold up for many years.
A brand that is well-known for their durable, long-lasting inflatables, Sea Eagle has been making some of the best inflatable boats in the business since the 1960’s. Sea Eagle is a family-owned-and-operated business, and their generous warranty and top-shelf customer service show how serious they are about standing behind the gear they make.
In this Sea Eagle PF7 review, we’ll take a look at this inflatable fishing boat’s best features, specs, pros and cons, optional configurations, and more. If you’re looking to buy a 1 person inflatable fishing boat and need something that is well-built, affordable, and super packable, this is one to seriously consider.
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Sea Eagle PackFish 7 Review: Boat Overview
As with all Sea Eagle boats, the Sea Eagle PackFish7 is extremely well-designed and built to last. A lot of planning went into the design of this great little fishing boat, and when it comes to features, there’s a lot to like.
The PF7 features a dual chamber design, with a main chamber and an additional upper chamber for added safety. The tube diameter is 13″, and Sea Eagle used a 30 mil Polykrylar material for the boat’s bladder.
Anytime you’re dealing with sharp fishing hooks in an inflatable boat, durability is obviously crucial. The PackFish7 features a tough exterior cover made from 840 denier nylon which protects the boat from punctures. The outer cover also has two 36″ fish measurement rulers printed on it which is super handy…
The floor of the Sea Eagle PF7 is heavy-duty and fully-enclosed to make sure you stay nice and dry. There’s also an optional wood floor that you can use which adds additional rigidity. We really like this feature as it gives you more options, allowing you to fish from a standing position.
Our Favorite Features
First of all, the PackFish7 is a really nice-looking boat. The dark, hunter green exterior looks great with the contrasting high-visibility orange accents…
The orange pouch pockets on either side of the boat are very well-thought out, and they give you convenient, easy-to-access storage areas for your tackle and other accessories. The top of the pouch pockets even have built-in cupholders which are really nice to have.
Near the front of the boat are two built-in fishing rod holders. Unlike other lesser-quality inflatable fishing boats that come with flimsy hardware, these rod holders are extremely strong and able to hold up to serious use.
The boat also has hook and loop side straps which can function as additional rod holders, and they’re great for getting your fishing rods out of the way when you’re not using them (especially important with a boat as compact as the PF7).
We also like the hands-free oarlock setup which keeps the PackFish7’s oars out of the way when they’re not in use..
On the flip-side, Sea Eagle incorporated four strips which do a good job of improving the boat’s overall tracking. These also increase the PF7’s stability and prevent the boat from being blown all over the place on windy days.
Sea Eagle PackFish7 Rating
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Currently, Sea Eagle has two different PF7 configurations. The entry-level setup is called the Sea Eagle PackFish 7 package, and it includes an inflatable seat, an A42 foot pump, a set of AB254 oars, a backpack, and an inflatable boat repair kit.
The second PF7 setup is the Sea Eagle PackFish 7 Pro Fishing package. In addition to everything listed above, the Pro Fishing setup includes a rigid wooden floorboard.
|Weight||21 lbs (hull), 26 lbs (w/ floorboard)|
|Max Weight Capacity||300 lbs|
|Passenger Capacity||1 person|
All in all, this is a fantastic little fishing platform for anglers who want an affordable, super convenient way to get to their favorite fishing holes. It’s rugged, ultra lightweight, and comes loaded with great design features that will make your time on the water all the more enjoyable.
The Sea Eagle PackFish 7 is a fishing boat that you can literally bring with you anywhere. Packed down into its backpack, the PF7 can easily fit into the backseat or trunk of any car. If you’re flying somewhere, just check in the PF7 with your luggage and it’ll be waiting for you when you land.
Another big advantage of this boat is the fact that it’s made by one of the best companies in the industry today. It’s backed by an extremely generous 3-year warranty and 180-day money back guarantee, and Sea Eagle’s customer service is second to none.
As cool as the PackFish 7 is, however, this isn’t the best boat for everyone. Extremely tall individuals may feel cramped by the PF7’s compact interior. Also, if you’re someone who always brings along a ton of gear when you go fishing (tackle box, cooler, etc.), this little boat isn’t your best choice.
At the end of the day, if you’re in the market for a well-built, compact inflatable fishing boat that is light, portable, and can be inflated and setup in less than 5 minutes, the Sea Eagle PF7 is an outstanding choice.
How would this boat do in a river? Have you tested it in swells, tides, river or stream?
If not, which boat/brand would you suggest for such adventures?
Thank you kindly,
Melanie, I would say the PackFish 7 is better for still water or gentle moving rivers. I’m not sure I’d want it on serious swells or moving waters. If you’re looking for a more adventurous fishing boat that can handle a variety of conditions, I’d suggest checking out Sea Eagle’s Stealth Stalker 10: https://www.inflatableboater.com/sea-eagle-stealth-stalker-10-review-sts10/