If you’re looking for an inflatable boat to hold multiple people, that’s also incredibly stable and is kitted out for fishing then look no further than the Intex Excursion 4. Not only does it have enough space to seat four people comfortably, it also packs down incredibly small to make transporting it where ever you need easy.
In this post, we’re going to be taking a look at why it get’s such great reviews and some of its features and benefits in our Intex Excursion 4 review.
Overview of the Intex Excursion 4
Having several people on board usually means that the stakes are a little bit higher. as such or expectations are just as high when it comes to what we want our kayak to deliver. The immediate concern when it comes to inflatable ones is that of its resistance to punctures.
Considering that this is one that is coming from a brand that we know well, we approach it with a lot of optimism. The boat is made out of a thick vinyl material which is puncture-resistant. It is certainly one of the strongest boats that we have encountered from Intex.
The seating area presents in the form of two benches that are designed to provide room for two people on each one. There is no restrictive measure to govern the amount of space that one person can take. This is to say that the bench seats do not have clear markings of where one seat ends and the other begins.
The advantage of this is that the bigger persons do not have to worry about this. However, there may be concerns when it comes to the courtesy of the lack thereof. That is down to you and whoever you share your boat with to sort out. Let us consider the features of the Intex excursion 4.
Construction and build
The intex excursion 4 weights 47.9lbs. This may make it a challenge for one person to move it. One factor that will come handy when it comes to transporting it is that it is inflatable. This makes it easier to handle it. Considering that this is a boat for 4 persons, the weight should not be an issue when several people are involved. There is a carry bag included, which makes transporting it that little bit easier.
It has an incredibly generous weight capacity of 1100lbs. This allows you to accommodate 4 large persons and some provisions with no concern at all. There is a good amount of space in the leg area to place some items on board. The boat measures 10ft 4 inches x 5ft 5 inches.
You will be pleased to find that inflating your boat will not require much effort. The pump is included gets this job done with relative ease. This is by in larger helped by the valves that are on the boat. These valves are designed to minimize the amount of air that leaks when you are pumping it. Be aware that how long it takes to pump it may depend on who is pumping it, we can assure you that it will not require more than a few minutes to get the job done.
If you’re not already aware of this, the Intex excursion 4 is a fishing boat. While there are other uses that you can get out of this boat there are several provisions that are clearly designed to facilitate for those who are looking to get out on the water and catch some fish. The first of these provisions is the fishing rod mounts that come on either side of the boat. These mounts allow you to rest your fishing rod against the boat when you’re out on the water.
They are two oars included with this boat. They are 54 inches long. Both of them are very easy to use and will get you up and down the lake without much trouble. They are made out of aluminum, which explains the lightweight.
If you are part of a group of four, you may want to consider getting an additional pair of oars to get someone else to help you with the paddling. If you’re not keen on paddling you can also consider getting a motor which is also provisioned by some of the items that come with this boat.
The oars can be clipped on the side of the boat when not in use. This keeps them out of your way and safe while you are fishing. They can then be unclipped and utilized when the need arises. You can then mount them onto the oar-locks ready to use. The oar-locks allow for about 3-4 feet of movement with each motion.
It goes without saying that the seats in this boat are quite comfortable. They are inflatable ones. What they provide you with which is absolutely critical for a long day fishing are backrests. They allow you to lay back and enjoy the scenery without overexerting yourself. The seats are also clipped to the boats to minimize their movement and somewhat enhance the efficiency of the backrest. The seats do not slide when you lean backward because of these clips.
Motor Mount Kit
Although the Intex excursion 4 has provision for a motor, the motor mount kit is not always included. It is certainly worthy of additional investment. The motor mount is attached to be boat using thumbscrews. These are strong enough to mount a motor of up to 3hp.
About the brand
Intex is synonymous with the production of all things inflatable. This makes them a very trustworthy brand when it comes to gear that you would want to be of high quality. The brand has been around for over four-decade now. According to their website, they are focused on producing products that are both safe and sustainable. This means a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint among other things.
- It is reasonably easy to transport.
- It does not take much storage room.
- This kayak can take up to 1100lb weight on board.
- It is reasonably priced.
- Has various features for fishing.
- There are 3 chambers on it.
- It can be difficult to maneuver in windy conditions.
- Fitting four people can be a squeeze when rowing
- Rugged vinyl construction with inflatbale I-Beam floor for comfort and duribality
- All around grab line and handle on bow
- 2 fishing rod holders, gear pouch, inflatable seat cushions with backrest and oar holders included
The one last thing that we should mention is what would happen if you go a puncture out on the water. This boat has 3 separate chambers, including a safety auxiliary chamber. Which means that a puncture would only affect one of these at a time. You would be able to make use of the other two to remain afloat and make it back to the shore. There is a repair patch included with the boat.
The entire exterior of the boat comes with a grab-line, which is an essential safety feature. We would certainly recommend this boat for use when fishing in a lake. It is not suitable for high tide open waters.