Inflatable Kayaks With Motors


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Whether you want to sit back and relax in your kayak, cover more territory when fishing, or need a motorized kayak due to a physical disability, you are in luck! Though few manufacturers offer an inflatable kayak motor mount, options for installation exist.

The best motor mount kits are those specifically designed and tested by the boat’s manufacturer. This offers a level of security that isn’t available with an after-market motor mount or DIY project, so I’ll be sticking to manufacturer options for safety purposes.

Sea Eagle has the best inflatable kayaks with trolling motor mount options and an option for installing a 6-hp gas motor on a kayak crossover.

Let’s look at the available options to see which best fits your need.

Inflatable Kayaks with Trolling Motors

An electric motor on a kayak can be a huge plus and a lot of fun especially if you are going to cover a lot of territory.

The Sea Eagle FastTrack and Explorer kayaks are the two top kayak series with trolling motor mounts.

The Sea Eagle kayak motor mount is a lightweight corrosion-resistant aluminum board with stainless steel components that easily straps to the rear of the FastTrack and Explorer kayaks. Its maximum capacity is a 34 lb thrust electric motor with a motor weight of 15 lbs.

Sea Eagle Motor Mount (Item Number: MMKAYAK) installed on an inflatable kayak
Sea Eagle Motor Mount installed on a Sea Eagle FastTrack inflatable kayak.

The video below picks up with the installation of the motor mount on a 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak.

Electric Motors for Sea Eagle FastTrack and Explorer Kayaks

Once you have the motor mount installed on your kayak, attaching one of three recommended electric motors is simple. I’d also recommend the Minn Kota Trolling Motor Power Center. It fits 24 and 27-size batteries and allows easy access to external battery terminals without the need to open the box to access the battery directly.

  1. Watersnake Venom SX 34lb Thrust Electric Motor for Fresh and Saltwater
  2. Watersnake Asp T24 Electric Motor for Fresh and Saltwater
  3. Minn Kota Endura 30 for Freshwater
Watersnake Venom SX 34lb Thrust Electric Motor for Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayaks (Fresh and Saltwater) Item Number: WSVENOM34.
1. Watersnake Venom SX 34lb Thrust Electric Motor for Fresh and Saltwater
Watersnake Asp T24 24lb Thrust Electric Motor for Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayaks (Fresh and Saltwater) Item Number: WSASPT24.
2. Watersnake Asp T24 Electric Motor for Fresh and Saltwater
Minn Kota Endura 30 lb Thrust Electric Motor for Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayaks (Freshwater) Item Number: MKENDURA30.
3. Minn Kota Endura 30 for Freshwater

Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayak with Motor

Fisherman on a lake in a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak with an electric motor.
Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Pro Motor Fishing Rig Kayak with stern motor mount and trolling motor.

The Sea Eagle FastTrack series of inflatable kayaks are fast, lightweight, incredibly stable, and super durable. The features provide a faster, smoother paddling experience with unparalleled tracking and greater glide in a wide variety of open water conditions including waves, currents, and wind.

Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks Are Best Used For:

  • Flatwater Lakes
  • Bays
  • Marshes
  • Calm Rivers
  • Whitewater up to Class II rapids
  • Fishing
  • Camping

The Sea Eagle FastTrack is designed for rapids up to Class II. If at some point you think you would like to take off the trolling motor and explore some rapids. You’ll want to invest in a Sea Eagle Explorer kayak with a motor mount.

There are three models to choose from. The best one for you will depend on how many people you plan to seat and whether you want a fishing kayak. Let’s take a brief look at the three options.

Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack – Pro Motor Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack Inflatable Kayak Tandem Pro Motor Package, 385FTK_PM.

The 12 ft. 6 in. 385ft FastTrack Pro Motor Kayak Package (Model Number 385FTK_PM) is the way to go if you want a 1-person or tandem inflatable kayak that will cover a lot of water without overexerting yourself.

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Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Pro Motor Fishing Rig Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak Swivel Seat Pro Motor Fishing Rig Package, Model 385FTAK_PMFR.

The 12 ft. 6 in. 385fta FastTrack Angler Pro Motor Fishing Rig Kayak Package (Model Number 385FTAK_PMFR) is a true fishing machine that can be modified to fit one or two fishermen. Cover more water or race to your favorite fishing spot with the included Watersnake Asp T24 kayak motor.

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Sea Eagle 465ft FastTrack – Pro Motor Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 465ft FastTrack Inflatable Kayak 2-Person Pro Motor Package, Model 465FTK_PM.

Get ready to relax on the water with speed, style, and comfort with the 15 ft. 3 in. 465ft FastTrack Pro Motor Kayak Package (Model Number 465FTK_PM). With this kayak package, you’ll have the best of both worlds. Paddle when you want, or attach the electric motor, and zip along.

This kayak can seat up to three people and the family dog. Just add an extra seat to make it a 3-person kayak. You might want an extra paddle for that third person too.

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Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayak with Motor

A fisherman in a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak showing off his catch before releasing it back into the lake.
The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak Package with stern motor mount and trolling motor addon.

The Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayak series can be used for flatwater touring, whitewater, ocean surf, fishing, camping, and more. Three of the models in the lineup can be outfitted with a motor mount and trolling motor. Its rugged versatility makes it the perfect choice for all-around kayaking.

Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayaks Are Best Used For:

  • Ocean
  • Whitewater Rivers
  • Fishing
  • Bays
  • Lakes
  • Flatwater Rivers
  • Camping

If you primarily plan to use your kayak on flatwater, one of the FastTrack kayak motor packages would be a better choice.

If you plan to take off the motor and have a whitewater pabbling adventure over Class II rapids, stick with a Sea Eagle Explorer.

Which Sea Eagle Explorer kayak motor package best fits your needs and boating style? Let’s compare their amenities.

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer – Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Package, Model Number 350FXK_FR.

With the 350fx Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak Package (Model Number 350FXK_FR), you’ll sit higher and have the advantage of a seat that swivels 360 degrees. This will provide you with the best angles and height for landing that prize catch no matter what fishing style you prefer.

Though the 350fx Fishing Explorer can easily accommodate Sea Eagle’s motor mount, there isn’t a current discount package that features the mount and motor which means you’ll have to purchase the Kayak Motor Mount and electric motor separately.

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Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Motor Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Inflatable Kayak Pro Motor Package, Model Number 380XK_PM.

The 380x Explorer Pro Motor Kayak Package (Model Number 380XK_PM) comes with two Tall Back Seats for greater back support, two four-part, high-performance, motor mount, the Watersnake Asp T24 24-pound thrust electric motor for fresh and saltwater, and much more.

Whether you want to take your inflatable 2-person kayak out for some exercise or a relaxing trip on flatwater, this package has you covered.

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Sea Eagle 420x Explorer – Pro Motor Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 420X Explorer Inflatable Kayak, Model Number 420XK_PM.

If you want to cover a lot of water and don’t want to overexert yourself, the 420x Explorer Pro Motor Kayak Package (Model Number 420XK_PM) is the way to go.

This kayak package offers the best of both worlds… paddle for exercise and fun, or attach the motor mount and trolling motor and zip along in style and comfort.

The bonus of the 420x Explorer is the extra room and benefit of being able to add a third seat making it a 3-person person kayak.

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Sea Eagle Paddleski with Motor Mount Options

Two people in a Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki Inflatable Tandem Catamaran-Kayak-Boat with a Honda outboard motor.
The Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki Honda Motor Package with Honda 5S Outboard Motor.

The Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki is a hybrid inflatable boat that offers amazing versatility! This unique crossover between an inflatable kayak, an inflatable catamaran, and a motorboat encompasses the best of each boat in an all-in-one package that is remarkably stable, fast, rigid, and rugged.

The PaddleSki’s catamaran hull design features two widely spaced inflatable tubes that allow it to glide through the water with minimal resistance while also providing a solid well-balanced hull.

At the stern is a transom that accepts up to a 6 hp gas with a 15″ shaft or up to 70 lb thrust electric motor with a minimum 30″ shaft.

Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki Are Best Used For:

  • Ocean
  • Bays
  • Lakes
  • Marshes
  • Flatwater Rivers
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Camping
  • Paddling
  • Motoring

Bow Motor Mount for PaddleSki

A PaddleSki with a bow motor mount being launched from the shoreline.
The Bow Motor Mount installed on a 437ps PaddleSki.

There is a bow motor mount available for the Sea Eagle PaddleSki. This lightweight corrosion-resistant aluminum board easily installs and holds up to a 55 lb thrust electric motor with a maximum weight of 60 lbs and a minimum shaft of 36″.

Just like the kayaks above, if you are choosing the trolling motor, I’d recommend the Minn Kota Trolling Motor Power Center.

Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki – Watersnake Motor Package

The Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki Watersnake Motor Package (Model Number 437PSK_WSM).

The 437ps PaddleSki Watersnake Motor Package (Model Number 437PSK_WSM) seats two and comes with an electric motor that provides speeds up to 4 mph.

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Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki – Honda Motor Package

The Sea Eagle 437ps PaddleSki Watersnake Motor Package (Model Number 437PSK_HM).

The 437ps PaddleSki Honda Motor Package (Model Number 437PSK_HM) is the top-of-the-line package for those who want a reliable, efficient, gas motor with speeds up to 16 mph and over 40 minutes of full-throttle runtime.

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Conclusion

Having a kayak with a motor is necessary for some physically disabled boaters, those who want to relax instead of paddling, and fishermen who want to cover more territory.

The top-rated kayaks that offer a manufacturer option for installing a motor all come from one amazing company, Sea Eagle Boats. They offer the most durable, well-made, inflatable boats on the market.

If you’d like to know more about how Sea Eagle kayaks are made check out my article “What Hull Materials Are Used In Sea Eagle Boats?” and its companion article on “Understanding Heavy-Duty Inflatable Boat Air Chamber Materials And Specs“.

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