Advanced Elements Friday Harbour Commander 9 Boat – Lightweight, Compact

The Advanced Elements Friday Harbour Commander 9 Boat is a good all-around boat for fishing, family fun, and even tendering.

A Look at the Craft

The accessories include 2 inflatable seats, 1 removable mesh gear bag, a utility bag, 2 fishing rod holders, 4 swivel oarlocks, grab lines, handles at the bow and stern, a repair kit, and owner’s manual. (Note: air pump and oars are not included.)

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 9' x 4'6"
  • Capacity: 4 persons (700 lbs)
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Chambers: 5
  • Boston Valves
  • Max hp: 2.5

Points to Consider

The Advanced Elements Friday Harbour Commander 9 boat is made of heavy duty PVC to be puncture resistance with chafing pads at the stress areas on the top of the hull for added protection. The easy-to-operate Boston valves on the air chambers make inflation and deflation a breeze, and the drainhole plug in the I-beam floor lets you drain off water that gets inside the cockpit.

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The performance bow allows the boat to punch through waves more easily than standard designed round nose boats. It has a capacity for 4 people which is really 2 adults and 2 kids. Once you add in your fishing gear, you won’t want more than two adults in this 9' craft if you want to be comfortable. It carries a big payload of up to 900 pounds and can also take a motor up to 2.5 hp (motor mount not included).

What We Say

The Advanced Elements Friday Harbour Commander 9 boat is a new model so you won’t find many reviews on it, but since it comes from AE, you can be sure that it is a quality craft. This very lightweight (25 pounds) boat folds up nicely into a compact 28" x 15" x 10" size so it also transports easily. Priced online from just $189 to $229 at various retailers, the Commander is a good choice for a budget 9' fishing raft. If you want something even cheaper, check out the durable Intex Seahawk for around $120.

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