Sea Eagle Inflatable kayaks: A Rugged Affordable Choice

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Inflatable kayaks are an affordable paddling option

If you’re looking for a rugged and affordable inflatable kayak, then Sea Eagle kayaks are a good option.

Sea Eagle manufactures a full line of inflatable kayaks, boats, and they even make a stand-up paddlboard that you can sit down and paddle as well.

Sea Eagle kayaks are suited to just about any application, from whitewater kayaking in up to Class 4 rapids, to fishing in your favorite lake or stream, to runabout inflatable boats that you can even mount a motor on.

And if you’re worried about the ruggedness and durability of an inflatable kayak or boat, don’t be. Sea Eagle uses a very tough polyester-supported high-pressure fabric in their boats, which is extra thick and even has electronic-welded seams that are almost impossible to break.

The company claims that they’ve even gone as far as testing their kayaks by hitting them with claw hammers and stabbing them with screwdrivers, but were unable to puncture this very tough hull material. So they can handle just about any sharp rock or tree branch you’re likely to run into out on the water.

Another benefit of an inflatable boat of course is the convenience. Most of the Sea Eagle kayaks fit into a storage bag when not in use, and many of them weigh less than 30 pounds, even with the foot pump and repair kit included.

And you won’t break your back or scrape your knuckles portaging one of these boat from your vehicle to your put in point. The storage bag is small enough to fit on a backpack, and you’ll find that just about any lake or river within hiking distance is now available for fishing, paddling, or just plain having fun!

These inflatables, or “Duckies” as they’re sometimes referred to, can be floated almost anywhere. They only need a few inches of water to operate, opening up fishing areas that are inaccessible to standard canoes and kayaks. If you’re using a motor you’ll need a little more water depth, probably a foot or so if you’re an angler operating at slow speeds.

There are a variety of accessories available for these boats as well, from inflatable seats, electric pumps, sails, motor mounts, floorboards and more.

Sea Eagle kayak also offers a full 3 year bow to stern warranty on all their boats. The company has been in business since 1968, and has a reputation for good customer service, so you can be assured that if something does happen to your new boat you’ll be well taken care of.

The Pros

  • Sea Eagle boats are very rugged, and can take years of abuse in almost any conditions.

  • Like all inflatables, these boats are light and easy to transport.

  • Comfortable to paddle in, especially with the deluxe seat package available for most Sea Eagle kayaks.

  • The larger boats have a robust carrying capacity for all your gear.

  • Easy to use and operate for the entire family.

  • Affordable, and a good value for the money.

  • Company offers a solid 3 year warranty on their products.

The Cons

  • Some of the SE boats don’t track so well, especially in heavy cross winds, even with the skeg deployed.

  • Some models lack ropes along the side in order to tie down gear and other items.


So there you have it. Some “purists” look down their noses at inflatable kayaks, but don’t let that dissuade you. Many people don’t have the money for a hard-shelled kayak, or the patience to learn the nuances of traditional kayaking, and an inflatable can be just the ticket to get you off the couch and out there on the water.


About Julian Thompson

5b01f5332e506e323531e6a43cda71ee?s=90&d=mm&r=gJulian Thompson is a kayaking expert that has been kayak fishing for over 12 years. He prides himself on his knowledge of lures and trolling motors. He lives in Newark with his two kids and spends weekends on the lake in his favorite Hobbie Outback.