Intex Excursion 5 review and Intex Seahawk 4 Comparisions.
Before I purchased the intex seahawk 4 inflatable boat, I did my due- diligence and looked up the best boat at the cheapest price. To my surprise, there were tons of boats available for sale. There were a few that stood out to me.
The Intex Excursion 5
Similar to the Intex Seahawk 4, the boat comes with an air pump, aluminum oars, fishing rod holders, gear pouch, instruction manual and long black rope. The Intex Excursion 5 also comes with a black carrying bag used to transport the deflated boat from point A to point B. The boat also comes with 54 inch oars which is longer than the oars from the Intex Seahawk 4.
According to Intex, the Excursion 5 is their largest and most comfortable boat. The excursion comes with 3 cushion seats in total. Two of the seat cushions comes with a back rest and are placed at the front and back of the inflatable boat. The excursion further showcases its comfortability by adding clips behind the back rest which connects onto the front and back of the boat so the seat does not slide around or move. This feature (in my opinion) is what makes the Intex Excursion 5 comfortable. The Seahwk 4 comes with two inflatable cushions that are placed at the front and the back. Since these 2 cushions cannot be locked into place, they often shift around the boat causing more problems than what they are worth.
Which Intex Inflatable Boat Is More Durable?
Both boats use 30 gauge vinyls which are very strong, durable and extremely puncture resistant. I have crashed my Seahawk 4 onto rocks in the past and have yet to see a hole. When coming back to land I have accidentally spear headed the beach floor which is full of barnacles and the 30 gauge vinyl still held up. The intex Excursion 5 will be expected to perform the same as my Seahawk 4 considering the vinyl is exactly the same. What make the Seahawk 4 unique in its vinyl diversity is the yellow rash guards that loop around the inflatable boat. The yellow rash guards help prevent the wear and tear of the vinyl when rowing the boat or when pulling the crab trap ropes up from the water.
The two boats both comes with the intex double quick high output hand air pump which is extremely effective and can inflate all three chambers in less than 15 minutes. For the specs on this Intex Air Pump, please click here.
The boats also come with a long black rope used to wrap around the entire outside of the boat. I do not use this rope for anything and the only thing I can think of is if by chance, someone falls overboard then they have something to hold on to while attempting to jump back onto the boat.
Can I Mount A Motor To The Intex Excursion 5?
Both Intex boats have four holes in its rear that can be used to attach a motor mounting kit. If you do not mind rowing around with the oars (which are included) then you can ignore the holes in the rear. But when you want to upgrade, then pick up the Intex Motor Mounting kit, which attaches to the four holes in the back of the boat. Now all you need is a trolling motor and battery and you can zip around the river or lake and catch more fish and Dungeness crabs.
I recommend enjoying your boat without the motor mounting kit, marine battery and motor for the first year. If you still enjoy the hobby as much as I do by next year, invest in the rest of the parts.
Inflatable Boat Size Comparison
The Intext Seahawk 4 is 11.5 feet long and a little under 5 feet wide. A grown man can use this boat to sleep in if he so chooses to. The Intex excursion 5 is 12.5 feet long and 5.5 feet wide. In comparison, you receive 1 feet longer and 0.5 feet wider with the Excursion. At a closer look, that extra 0.5 inch width is very counterproductive. Many reviewers of the Excursion have stated that they hate the long width because that extra 0.5 feet of room makes it extremely difficult to row with both hands. Even though the excursion comes with longer oars at 54 inch, the Seahawk’s 48 inch oars when compared to the total width of the boat is the perfect amount for comfort in rowing.
Which Boat Is Better For Fishing?
One strong point goes to the Excursion 5 for their capacity to hold four fishing rods. There are four fishing rod holders at the upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right of the boat. The downside to this is the boat cannot support 4 grown fisherman with 4 rods and all of their fishing equipment comfortably. The Seahawk 4 only has 2 fishing rod holders which are at the upper left and lower right. So if you are looking to do heavy fishing then go with the Excursion for their 4 fishing rod holders. I love to fish but I enjoy crabbing a lot more so the Seahawk 4 is perfect for me with regards to the fishing rod holders.
The Seahawk 4 will range from $90 to $200 online. I recommend picking up the Seahawk 4 at Walmart for the cheaper end of the price. If you do not live near a Walmart, check out Amazon.com where I got my Seahawk for $90. The Intex Excursion 5 will range from $160 to $300 online. I recommend going to amazon.com to pick one up at the cheaper price range if you choose to go for the comfortability of the lached on seats and the 4 fishing rod holders.