Best Uses: Fishing, flat water, ocean bays, ponds, wilderness rivers
Brand: Sea Eagle
- Length 12’ 3”
- Width 4’ 5”
- Weight 75 lbs.
- Load Capacity 650 lbs.
- Engine Capacity: 3hp (20kg. max)
- Speed 13 kph w/gas, 6 kph w/electric
- Inflation Time: 5 – 10 minutes
Accessories Included: Patented folding frame, oar/paddle combo set, oarlock set and oarlock pins, motormount, full fabric floor, two green swivel chairs, two Scotty baitcasters, two quick release seatmounts foot pump, 7” pedestal for seats, storage bag, repair kit
Optional Accessories: Casting bar, river oar set, extra 2 Scotty baitcasters, different carry bag, MinnKota Endura 30 electric motor, river oar set, trolling motor power center, Torqeedo 1003S gas motor
Boat Material: 1100 Decitex Reinforced with quadruple overlap seams. Floor is aluminum slat roll up over full fabric floor.
Pros: You really get a LOT for your money with this boat, lightweight, easy to transport, unique folding frame makes set up really simple and fast, very comfortable swivel seats, rugged and strong, very stable, great accessory options
Cons: A little heavy and bulky for one person to transport to the water on their own, a wheeled card or dolly would help a lot if going out solo.
More Detailed Info
The Sea Eagle Foldcat is a rugged, stable and extremely convenient two-person inflatable pontoon fishing boat.
It is unique from other inflatable pontoon boats on the market in that it has a folding frame. This is a very big deal because it not only saves a ton of time when setting up, it also makes it very easy to pack up and store away.
The other unique feature that makes it stand out is the full floor. Most pontoon boats have a frame in the middle but no floor.
This one has a full fabric floor that can be used for storing fishing supplies and also acts great as a safety net if anything should fall through the frame – as can often happen.
The Foldcat is extremely stable, very tough and with the many great accessories, totally suitable for just about any fishing trip.
The two comfortable swivel seats are raised up high enough to give you a great view. The back seat sits up slightly higher than the front so both people are in the best position for catching fish.
1. Full Fabric Floor – In my opinion this is one of the best features of this boat.
A fabric floor may not seem like much but in reality it adds a huge amount of convenience and functionality to the Foldcat and something that you rarely see with pontoon boats.
Even though the floor is fabric it is strong enough to stand on so if you need to get up on your feet to either stretch your legs, cast your rod or get a stable stance to wheel in your latest catch, you can.
You may still choose to stand on the frame as it will be more solid and keep you a little higher up, but the point is that you can stand on the floor if you need to which is pretty cool.
The other advantage of the fabric floor is that it adds a nice protective barrier for anything that falls through the frame. You won’t be losing any important gear in the water, as the floor will catch anything that falls through.
The floor also allows you to store far more fishing tackle and gear than other pontoon boats.
This floor is truly a great feature.
2. Wide Pontoons – The two large 16” inflatable pontoons on the Foldcat are extremely buoyant.
They are spaced 4’ 6” apart, which means that this boat is incredibly stable. The stability of other hard hull boats simply cannot compare.
Stability is something you do not even have to give a second thought to. This boat will keep you level and secure.
3. Folding Frame – The patented folding frame is what sets the Foldcat apart and makes it extremely unique.
It is the only boat that uses this technology in the world. Basically it allows you to set the boat up in a fraction of the time that it would take to set up a regular pontoon boat.
The folding frame literally takes 5 minutes to put together. If you have any experience putting together a frame on any other pontoon boat, you will know how amazing that is.
An ordinary pontoon boat frame can truly take well over an hour to put together. Normally there are all kinds of nuts and bolts and parts that you have to deal with.
With the folding frame there are no little parts to have to worry about losing. It packs away easily and folds together really fast.
4. 360 Degree Swivel Seats – The seat on the Foldcat are fantastic.
You sit up high, you can swivel all the way around, they offer great back support and the seat is cushioned nicely.
The seats snap-on and snap-off easily with no tools.
5. Top-Quality Rod Holders – You have a choice of up to 4 rod holders.
They are excellent quality and they mount into pre-drilled holes on two benches.
The rod-holders will accept all rods. They have lock-in rings that keep the rod secure and they can rotate 360 degrees.
6. Two Carry Bags – For a decent sized boat, the Foldcat deflates and folds into 2 carry bags.
It can easily be transported in the trunk of your vehicle and taken anywhere.
7. Motormount – For the size of the Foldcat it is fairly light at only 75 lbs. Consequently it has very little drag and paddles nicely.
If you need to get further faster however, it works great with either an electric motor or a gas motor.
The motormount can take up to 3hp. It can reach speeds of up to 8 knots, which will greatly help with getting through tides and heavy winds.
8. Casting Bar The casting bar is available in three of the four package options. The casting bar adds a measure of safety and support while standing or boarding the Foldcat.
It is made of strong tubular aluminum and has a soft foam grip. The great thing about this casting bar is it requires no tools and folds down for easy transport.
Quality of Construction
There are two things I love about the Sea Eagle boats that keep me using them…
- They always give you a lot for your money in the packages they offer – far more than most other companies in my experience.
- AND the quality of their products are consistently excellent.
The Foldcat is no exception… It is built strong and will be able to stand a fair amount of abuse.
Their boats are rigorously tested for quality assurance. The hull material is 1100 Decitex reinforced with quadruple overlap seams.
Leaks and tears are rare but if they do happen, they can easily be patched up with the included repair kit.
All of their boats are backed by a great 3-year warranty and 180-day risk free trial.
Basically that means that if you are not satisfied with your product at any time within 180-days of purchase you can return it for a full refund as long as the boat is in good condition.
Setup and Portability
As mentioned above, set up of the Foldcat is a breeze with the folding frame.
The first time might take you a little longer but once you know what you are doing you can count on going from your vehicle to the water in about 15 to 20 minutes…Possibly even much faster if you have an electric pump.
What’s The Downside?
In truth I find it difficult to find anything too negative about the Foldcat.
A couple things that others have mentioned are that they wish the fabric floor was a little stronger. I can understand that complaint but in truth a floor is rare with pontoon boats.
The fact that this one has one, and that it is strong enough to hold extra tackling gear and even a person standing up is leaps above anything else on the market. So although a valid complaint, I think it’s all relative.
Another point that I have heard is that the Foldcat performs much better in flat water than in rapids.
I would agree with that statement. Although it is able to handle some rapids, it is best suited for flat water paddling.
The motor will greatly help with getting through headwinds but overall this boat will do best in lakes, calm ocean bays or wide wilderness rivers.
Pics & Video
There are 4 package options to choose from… One to suit each person’s needs and budget.
375fc Deluxe Package
This package includes the hull, 2 swivel seats, the oar/paddle comb set, 2 Scotty baitcaster rod holders, 2 quick release seatmounts, a foot pump, an oarlock set, 2 oarlock pins, a 7” pedestal (for the back seat), a repair kit, and a carry bags.
375fc Pro Angler Guide Package
The Pro Angler Guide package includes all of the above as well as a casting bar, an extra 2 Scotty baitcaster rod holders, a second carry bag and a river oar set.
375fc Motor Package
The Motor package includes everything in the above two packages as well as a MinnKota Endura 30 electric motor.
375fc Ultimate Package
The Ultimate package includes everything in the first two packages as well as a Torqeedo 1003S gas motor.
The bottom line is that the Foldcat offers you a convenient 2-person fishing boat that can be stored in a small space and transported anywhere in the trunk of your vehicle.
If that kind of convenience is what you are looking for, than this boat is an excellent choice.
The quality is great, the comfort level is very good, the features are fantastic and best of all it is a lot of fun to use.
The new dark green color blends nicely with the water. Overall this is a very nice pontoon boat with some unique features that really make it stand out.
Where To Buy
The Sea Eagle Foldcat Pontoon Boat can be purchased directly from the manufacturer.
This typically means you will get a better deal and they often have great sales… Not to mention their 3-year warranty and 180-day risk free trial, which basically means if you are unhappy with the product at any time within 180-days you can return it for a full refund as long as it is in good condition.