This Affordable Fishing Boat Will Fit in Your Trunk
In general, water sports and penny-pinching don’t usually go hand in hand. Opt for a good kayak and you could spend a few hundred dollars. Go the route of a power boat and you can expect to pay much, much more. You’ll also need a vehicle to tow it too. Surely, the expenses (both up-front and afterwards) can add up fast, but one company has created a unique solution to those problems—the GoBoat. Designed by serial entrepreneur Dave Yonce, the GoBoat is a personal recreational boat that inflates in minutes, folds down to fit in the trunk of a car, and—for 500 early adopters—costs just $99. RELATED: The 2016 'Sealander' is Part Boat, Part Camping Trailer
Yonce created the concept eight years ago as a fun “bumper boats” summer project with his sons, but soon recognized its mass appeal. Beyond a means of fun on-water transportation for kids, Yonce further designed the GoBoat to be a lightweight fishing and waterfowl hunting boat.
The GoBoat features an inflatable outer tube, which encircles the boat’s foldable frame and seat. A hole in the center of the craft allows for a trolling motor to be mounted, providing the GoBoat with its locomotion, even in very shallow water.
A battery and trolling motor aren’t included with the standard GoBoat, however all other ancillaries are, including the tube’s hand pump. All told, the GoBoat weighs about 15 pounds.
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After a long period of prototyping, the firm is now ready to launch the GoBoat and is crowdfunding on Kickstarter to back its initial manufacturing costs. The first 500 contributors will receive “early bird” pricing at a mere $99, however once fully on sale, the company says it will charge $499 per GoBoat.
The GoBoat Kickstarter campaign was launched on April 28th and with 28 days still-to-go an impressive $90,000 has already been raised, courtesy of over 540 backers. The campaign hopes to reach its $338,000 goal by June with the first GoBoast shipped out to buyers in September of this year.
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