You see, when it comes to inflatable kayaks you’re either a Sevylor or a Sea Eagle which is the equivalent of Batman Vs Superman; which one will you go with?
Sea Eagle is known for being one of the leading if not a pioneering manufacturer in the industry of inflatable sport equipment in general who specifically excels at making kayaks. What kind of kayaks? All kinds!
This is a company that didn’t just jump into making inflatable kayaks out of the void but actually has been developing for years to engineer some of the best inflatable kayaks in the market.
So far, Sea Eagle has been able to put an abundance of models on the market which have quickly attracted the attention of most people interested in getting their first kayaking experience. Not all these models were equally successful but you could safely say that the majority of them harvested nothing but positive reviews.
So, does that mean that the Sea Eagle 330 is the best kayak for you? Well, perhaps it is and perhaps it isn’t. Making up your mind depends on what you’re looking for in a kayak and that includes many variants. So, let’s look at the vital aspects of this boat and then you can decide.
- NMMA Certified
- Open and close drain valve
- Five deluxe one-way valves
- Sun & saltwater resistant hull material
- Lashed down inflatable spray skirts
- I-beam construction floor
- 2 skegs on the bottom for better tracking & speed
- Pressure Gauge, Repair kit & printed instructions
- Bow & Stern Grab Line
|Exterior||340 cm x 86 cm|
|Hull Weight||26 lbs|
|Load Capacity||2 Adults or 500 lbs|
|Interior||290 cm x 38 cm|
|Tube Diameter||25.4 cm|
|Deflated||61 cm x 41 cm x 18 cm|
|Chambers||Three (port, starboard & floor)|
|Material||33 mil Polykrylar|
|Seam||High Frequency Welded|
|Floor||Inflatable I-beam construction|
|Air Valves||5 Deluxe One Way|
|Inflation & Assembly time||6 min.|
|Whitewater Rating||Up to Class III|
|Inflation Pressure||1.1 psi|
Quality is a big concern with inflatable kayaks specifically but also with most inflatable sport equipment. It’s not rocket science really, you see an inflatable and the first question that comes to your mind is “how tough can that be?”
Well, there’s a complicated answer and then there’s a less complicated one. The complicated answer is too boring and the less complicated is that it simply depends on the manufacturer.
Inflatable kayaks aren’t at all as vulnerable as you might think and the best example of that is the Sea Eagle 330. This boat is extremely rigid as it is strictly made of industrial PVC material, making it virtually indestructible. What that means is that you don’t have to worry about where or when you kayak because there’s nothing that can damage this boat terminally in its designated environment.
Even more so, the manufacturer thought that since the bottom of the kayak is often target to most stress, it would only be safe to reinforce the hull of the boat with a 33mm polykrylar I-beam constructed shield that makes this boat sun and salt water resistant. Whereas, on the other hand, the multiple air chambers make it less likely to sink the 330 when punctured.
If that’s not enough for you then consider how this kayak compares to a solid one. Not only is the Sea Eagle 330 extremely reliable but it’s also very practical as well. Consider the fact that when you choose to go with an inflatable kayak, you immediately strip of two major constraints that face everybody out there who would like to try out this sport: storage and transportation.
While you probably need a car and a large garage to cater for a solid kayak, all you need for an inflatable one is a bag. Thus, all you’ll need to do is deflate the kayak, roll it up, shove it inside a bag and you’re ready to go and that’ll come in even more handy when you’ll need to travel with the kayak.
Even the most insignificant features of the Sea Eagle 330 exhibit a high level of dedication which is a solid indicator that this right here is going to be an interesting kayak. Not only does this kayak look comfortable but it also feels likewise due to the ingenious adjustable seats.
User friendliness and variety of options are one more reason which puts the inflatables up ahead and this right here is a great example of that. So, forget about “dealing with it” when you can actually adjust your seats to ensure that you’re sitting comfortably and your legs aren’t crammed against the front of the boat.
Also, keep in mind that the Sea Eagle 330 is a company / family kayak which is the main reason why it’s an actually giant. No joke, this boat measures 134 inches long across 34 inches wide; try to wrap your head around that. Nevertheless, this boat can shrink to fit in a back pack when deflated, so don’t worry. Also, the weight capacity of this boat can reach up to 500 pounds, so make sure to invite all your friends along.
The bow and stern grab line is definitely one of the features that should not be taken lightly as it is the only thing that can safely secure or toe your kayak when needed and believe me, you will need that.
The cockpit on this kayak is definitely another feature that deserves a mention because it’s a lot better than you’d expect. The best thing about this cockpit is that it is designed to make it easier for you to enter or exit it at ease and that’s something you’ll learn to appreciate in time.
Additionally, the boat is equipped with inflatable spray skirts that are located on the front and rear of the kayak and serve the purpose of keeping your cargo dry. This feature isn’t only good for keeping your stuff dry but it’s also great for securing anything precious on board.
When it comes to performance, I’m going to give it to you straight, this board is not that good at sailing the waters, it’s actually great!
The Sea Eagle 330 might not compete with higher grade solid kayaks but for a recreational one, it’s actually fantastic.
The tracking system on this kayak is decent and I’m saying this not because it could’ve been better but because this is enforced by the hull type of the boat. Speaking of which, this kayak has a flat bottom which is typical for recreational and entry level kayaks. This type of hulls makes controlling the boat far less complicated. However, although the Sea Eagle 330 features two skegs on the bottom of the boat, tracking is still somehow lacking.
All in all, this boat will prove to be more than satisfactory for all entry level and intermediate kayakers out there but if you’re looking for something more professional then you might want to consider another model.
The best thing about this kayak in my opinion is the fact that it comes in three different packages that cater for different needs.
- First is the pro package which includes two kayak seats, a foot pump and a storage back pack which is great if you already own a paddle or two.
- If not then there’s the Quicksail package, including 2 quality paddles, two deluxe inflatable seats, a foot pump, a repair kit and a carry bag.
- Then there is the deluxe package which contains two inflatable seats, two oars, high pressure foot pump and a carry bag.
- The quality of this boat isn’t half bad
- The basic features of the 330 are user friendly and performance is exemplary
- The 330 has a three years warranty and that says enough about it
- The only down side of this kayak is that it’s going to take over 10 minutes to inflate. Thus, my advice to you is to invest in an electric pump and save yourself the trouble of manually pumping it every time.
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