If you want to have a little fun on the water instead of just staying on the shore in envy, the Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak is a solid choice. This is especially true if you’re on a budget and there’s no way for you to spend more money on a hard-shell alternative.
The Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak is rated for Class III whitewater, and it can hold up to 650 pounds. It’s made from tough 38 ml PolyKrylar (K80 PVC), and it has one-way valves and a self-bailing drain valve.
Stability and Durability of the Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak
If you’re new to the Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak or to inflatable kayaks in general, the stability may not be as impressive at first. But soon enough you’ll find it is actually quite stable, and you really have to work very hard to even get it near to tipping. This should be a relief to kayak enthusiasts who for some reason aren’t confident swimmers.
As for the durability, it’s really quite dependable, although for those who are going on longer trips being extra cautious won’t hurt. Many owners proclaim that they don’t have any scratches on their Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayaks but it may be advisable to mind the sharp rocks nonetheless. It’s also a good idea to keep a patch kit and foot pump handy—just in case.
Speed of the Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak
You’re not really going to win any races on the Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak, but that’s not what it is all about. That should be obvious when you note the lack of thigh braces and foot rests which enable you to give a bit more force to your paddling. It requires quite a bit of effort just to move it around.
Besides, like every other inflatable kayak you’ll have a challenge in your hands to keep yourself in a straight line. Most of the time, you’ll probably zigzag your way across the water. You may want to test if it’s better for you to sit in the middle of the boat (which may be good if you’re fighting against the wind) or at the back (which may be better if you’re going against the current).
Setup of the Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak
The boat is easy enough to set up, and advertisements say you’ll need only 6 minutes to inflate it. While that may be true for some Olympian athletes with a lot of practice, you may want to buy an automatic air pump for faster inflation times and greater convenience. There are three main chambers, and each one will need about a hundred pumps from the manual foot pump. Then you also need to inflate the seats and the spray skirts.
When you’re done playing with your boat, don’t just deflate it and then pack it in the bag. Make sure it’s completely dry first, so that you’ll prevent mildew and mold. Once it’s dry, roll it like it’s a sleeping bag when you pack it in. The Sea Eagle SE 370 Inflatable Kayak is easy enough to carry so you will likely be bringing it with you every time you’re going to the beach.