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Posted: 16.02.2014  ·  #1
We bought this kayak last year before we headed to Europe. Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayak

I spent a longtime checking reviews and spec etc till I settled on this kayak. A huge factor was finding a kayak that could accommodate my 120kg, mrs moomat's 60kg and about 10kg of gear. She's nearly 6ft and I'm 6'4 so space was a factor too. We could both fit in and be pretty comfortable. The Sea Eagle 370 is listed as taking 295kg and I'd believe it too.
We got the package listed above which included:
  • foldable paddles- These are really good quality and ideal for a novice user. I was expecting something gimmicky but they are realy robust. They break down into 4 parts each and take little space

  • 2 deluxe seats- These seats offer great support, much more than I imagine the ordinary ones would. They need to be inflated and have straps for support. It takes a little bit of adjusting to get them right and personally I found about 70% inflated suited me best. They are not fixed to the kayak but held very firmly wherever you put them between the 2 ribs. Depending on weight distribution you will need to make some adjustments.

  • A foot pump- Again I was expecting something gimmicky but i can't fault it. It takes a remarkable small amount of pumps to get the boat and the seats inflated. Very robust and folds away nice and flat.

  • Repair kit- Didnt need it but seems to have everything required for small repairs

  • Carry Bag- You can easily fit all the parts except the paddles in the bag. It's not overly heavy but a little awkward to carry. I wouldn't fancy carrying it for more than a few hundred metres. The material is very strong.


Inflating the boat is really simple. Roll it out flat, the valves will have been opened fully last time you deflated it so screw them back in. See [url=

]here[/url] for a detailed video. Start with the floor chamber, then the 2 sides and finally the skirts at either end. You get a small transparent plastic gauge with the kayak to measure the level of inflation. Once the lines on the gauge match the lines marked on the kayak you're at the right level of inflation. Be careful not to lose this little gauge!
Now inflate your seats and wedge them into your desired position. This will take a little messing around to get the optimum position depending on your size and weight.
The paddles clip into each other pretty easily. Make sure the slot has the little tab popped up and the middle section should be have 3 holes in it.
Stick on your life jacket and you're ready to go. We bought our life jackets in France much cheaper than we could get them in Ireland. We got them in Decathlon for about €15 each; there's a huge Decathlon just outside Cherbourg. With a bit of practice you'll have it set up and on the water in less than 10 mins.

On the water it handles very well. The integrated skegs help to track straight and it feels very stable. We went out in pretty windy conditions and felt perfectly safe. Something to be aware of though is that if the wind hits you head on the kayak has a tendency to lift a little at the front rather than cutting through the water. This is not dangerous but does make getting some momentum going pretty difficult. In saying that I'm talking about a very very strong wind that was howling down a gorge so for normal use it would be fine. My recommendation is that when you are heading somewhere head into the wind/current first so you can hopefully ride back with them rather than finding you've got somewhere and can't get back.

Once you're finished just open the valves fully and its deflated in seconds. Before you do this give it a good wipe down or even better let it dry in the sun. The material does stain if packed away wet.

All in all if you're a total novice like me and looking for something to mess around on that won't explode on the 1st rock it hits then it's ideal. It's far from a toy no matter what hardened kayakers tell you! :D Everything folds up nicely to about 80cmx40cmx20cm except the paddles.

I'll never head off without it and Mrs Moomat and myself will welcome any challengers for a race! :D

Feel free to ask any questions!


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Posted: 16.02.2014  ·  #2
Looks good Moomat an accessory definitely worth considering. The only thing I'd add is if the kids are messing about in it at the beach keep a long rope secured to it as even a light breeze can blow something out to sea very quickly. Should be a big seller in Cork. :D Thanks for the info. :up:


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I have a Zpro similar inflatable kayak .
I find the solid paddle better, the sectional type are harder to use and come loose at the joints


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Great review Moomat! Sounds like a nice kayak.

I'd love a fibreglass Canadian 3 seater canoe... It's on my to-do list...


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I have a Zpro similar inflatable kayak .
I find the solid paddle better, the sectional type are harder to use and come loose at the joints


I never used a solid paddle but I was really surprised at the stick that these sectional paddles took. They're rock solid once clicked in properly. We have a swb transit and they are ideal when space is at a premium.


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Blag - We have a canadian canoe, fantastic, but not a chance of carrying it on the MH. That Sea Eagle looks like a good portable alternative. We carry a small inflatable dinghy but with two in it there is no room to row so you have to paddle, but then it's nearly impossible to keep it tracking in a straight line.


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Hi All,

I’m looking at getting an inflatable kayak and was wondering if there was any further reviews or comments including where to get life vests.

Thanks David


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I have an Intex Explorer 2 from Amazon which I think is great but they seem more expensive now for some reason. I got my life jackets on eBay.


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CH Marine in Cork for all canoe/ kayak and safety gear, online shop too.


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I have an Intex Explorer 2 from Amazon which I think is great but they seem more expensive now for some reason. I got my life jackets on eBay.


Hi Gavsyer1, did you get life jackets or buoyancy aids as I’m trying to decide which to go for.


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Buoyancy aids are for kayaks/sailboards etc and lifejackets are for yachts / boats etc

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Buoyancy aids are for kayaks/sailboards etc and lifejackets are for yachts / boats etc


A buoyancy aid keeps you afloat, face up or face down. A lifejacket keeps you afloat with your face out of the water.


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Galway Maritime. 091566568

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Hi Gavsyer1, did you get life jackets or buoyancy aids as I’m trying to decide which to go for.


Hmm, I didn’t know there was a difference. eBay seems to use the same wording for he same item. I bought something like the ones at this link below. Being an inflatable I just keep it on calm water like a lake I n calm days and fairly close to shore. Can’t believe the price of those Explorer 2 Kayaks now. Think I got mine for less than £100. My sister got an inflatable Kayak in Lidl recently, tried it for a few mins and gave it up as a bad idea!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392881636163

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I’d say there is two going cheap over in Galway. Only one all-nighter in them 😳


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Buoyancy aids are for kayaks/sailboards etc and lifejackets are for yachts / boats etc


A buoyancy aid keeps you afloat, face up or face down. A lifejacket keeps you afloat with your face out of the water.


The life jacket is and should always be used for safety, if your are on not intending to be in water and don't expect to be in the water, or unconscious after falling in. Not really suitable for water sports, because it should have a device fitted (gas canister ) which will automatically discharge by means of a salt tablet when imerced in in water therefore inflating the Jacket, then the tablet and canister needs to be replaced.Not a very good idea if your in and of the water.
The Bouyance Aid is just that to give you more buoyancy when in the water to keep you afloat.

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Not a big fan of the modern lie flat collar type jackets. While they are very tidy and don't restrict movement you have to get them serviced every year and even then there's no guarantee that the gas canister hasn't leaked in the meantime. I prefer the older type, like a waistcoat, with all the buoyancy foam in the front and around the collar. Impossible to lie on your front or face down in the water and nothing to go wrong. I only recently got rid of one that I bought in 1971 for £25. The reason I retired it was because the outer material and some of the stitching was becoming frayed and suspect. Give me low tech every time. :-)


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Has anyone ever tried one of these Itiwit kayaks from Decathlon by any chance. They’re pretty cheap. I would like to hear your feedback.

 


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The reviews seem pretty good Jason.
For an extra few euro there is one listed with a better floor, double stitched I think they called it.
But that price seems pretty reasonable for what it is.


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Would that be this one with the ‘drop-stitched’ floor Jon? Does that mean more comfort and stability?

 


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Would that be this one with the ‘drop-stitched’ floor Jon? Does that mean more comfort and stability?

 



Would this one be used for carrying stuff like tents etc, as against a day messing about on the water


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Just casual paddling. No tents. Maybe a bottle of beer water or two 🙄

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