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Old 08-29-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Inflatable Kayak

Looking at getting me a kayak. Looking towards the Sea Eagle 370 inflatable kayak. Anyone have this or any other inflatable kayak experience? Thinking inflatable a lot easier to transport. I'm wanting a tandem. All opinions appreciated. This will be used in the ocean.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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Looking at getting me a kayak. Looking towards the Sea Eagle 370 inflatable kayak. Anyone have this or any other inflatable kayak experience? Thinking inflatable a lot easier to transport. I'm wanting a tandem. All opinions appreciated. This will be used in the ocean.
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DO NOT BUY AN INFLATABLE KAYAK!!!!!!!!!

They are typically terrible in regard to holding up in any type of surf. The steer ability is terrible as well. Invest in a good "hard-bodied" one and enjoy the water.
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Before you buy any kayak arrange for a test paddle. Rent one. Go on a guided paddle. Do more research. Just don't buy on a whim.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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We bought the Hobie inflatable two person kayak a couple of years ago Hobie Mirage Inflatable Tandem Kayak i14t - 2013 - austinkayak.com - Product Details. The Hobie has the Mirage Drive pedal system that lets you either pedal or row. Our inflatable is very stable. I'm pretty heavy and between my wife and I we're at 450 pounds. The pedals make it fun and fast. We do mostly lakes, rivers and ocean bay/breakwater area without issue.

We use an electric pump to inflate the kayak in about 3-5 minutes. It has a couple different options for wheels that slip under the kayak for transferring it to the water. They also sell large sand wheels.

The entire kayak folds up into a bag with the exception of the Mirage drive pedal system. The bag is approximately 18" x 36" x 48" and weighs about 75 pounds. It has wheels on one end like luggage. It's ackward to handle, but our friends stow theirs in one of their storage bays. We don't have a bay that it will fit, so I carry it on one of those Harbor Freight hitch racks.

Depending on how you'll use it and where, the inflatable is a good choice if you don't want to have to figure out how to carry a hard sided model, especially a two seater.
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I think you will find the Sea Eagle to be a nice pool toy. The Hobie mentioned above is a serious kayak. Sea Eagle at $350 vs. Hobie I14t at $2700. Not even comparable.

Still, I believe a rigid kayak is the way to go, I have two of them, an Ocean and an Old Town. They do present transportation problems. If you are looking to an inflatable as a solution to transporting a kayak, the pleasure of actually kayaking will be quickly diminished with an inexpensive inflatable. Another solution is to rent a rigid kayak at your destination.
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Check Sea Eagle 385 Fast Track. About 1K with pro seats/paddles. Inflatable keel in front and removable fin keel in rear for shallow water. Twin keels provide tracking not normally seen in kayaks. Tremendous load capacity, 650 pounds i think. More than enough for two and gear. Stand up paddle - try that in a hard shell. Self bailing. Rated class three white water. Can not provide personal comment on use in surf but in white water it is as good as any. Agree hard shells have advantages but in rv life style stuff on roof is a PITA. Ours stores to two bags and thats all safety gear and a small trailer that goes in kayak so I can come out anywhere I want. We just throw bags in any vehicle and go.
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Check out Advanced Elements. We have a couple and they work great.
Inflatable Kayaks | Kayaks made for recreational, high performance, sit-on-top self bailing and multi-use.
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Also check out the Lynx or Super Lynx from Aire.
They were used by outfitters for trips on the middle fork of the salmon river - I've paddled one through class 4 rapids with no problems.
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Check Sea Eagle 385 Fast Track. About 1K with pro seats/paddles. Inflatable keel in front and removable fin keel in rear for shallow water. Twin keels provide tracking not normally seen in kayaks. Tremendous load capacity, 650 pounds i think. More than enough for two and gear. Stand up paddle - try that in a hard shell. Self bailing. Rated class three white water. Can not provide personal comment on use in surf but in white water it is as good as any. Agree hard shells have advantages but in rv life style stuff on roof is a PITA.
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I have a Levalor (sp?) cheap one that is great for just paddling around in calm water. We used it in Ucluelet Inlet (salt water) in BC. You need a skeg (fixed rudder) for it to go straight. If you're looking for something for white water, this is not it. I keep it in a large suitcase.
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