Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Review


Paddling / Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer is the smallest of the Explorer line of inflatable kayaks. It’s the perfect choice for the solo kayaker who wants the versatility of being able to kayak whitewater, flatwater, and almost everything in-between.

The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak is the most versatile 1-person kayak offered by Sea Eagle Boats. It’s a great wet or dry kayak capable of handling rapids up to Class IV and flatwater alike.

On flatwater, the 300x Explorer is extremely safe and stable offering improved tracking on open water when the removable skeg is in place.

If you are looking for versatility, maneuverability, and control in a solo, inflatable kayak, look no further.

For a better understanding of the whitewater rating system, visit American Whitewater.

About the Sea Eagle Explorer Series of Inflatable Kayaks

Sea Eagle Boats is a family-owned and run company based in New York that has been making high-quality inflatable boats since 1968 and their line of Explorer kayaks is proof of their expertise. These boats are built to handle almost any type of water… Ocean, whitewater rivers, fishing, bays, lakes, flatwater rivers, and camping.

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks are wet or dry boats with 16 super-fast, self-bailing drain valves that can be left open to drain the waves and spray of Class IV rapids or closed for a dry and comfortable paddle on flatwater.

A second feature that allows the Explorer inflatable kayak to smoothly transition from whitewater to flatwater is a removable, slide skeg that can be slipped in place for improved tracking on open water.

The Explorer line of Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks can handle all your adventures: Touring, Whitewater, Exploring, Fishing, Camping, and more. They are a great choice for all-around kayaking.

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Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayaks Are Best Used For:

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

Top, Front and Side Views – Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Top view of a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak.
Top View
Side view of a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak.
Side View
Front view of a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak.
Front View

Specifications – Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

(compare all Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks and canoes)

Person Capacity1
Hull Weight30 lbs
Length9′ 10″
Width3′ 3″
Interior8′ 9″ x 16″
Load Capacity1 Person or 395 lbs
D-Rings18 D-Rings
Deflated24″ x 16″ x 6″
Chambers3 (port, starboard, floor)
Tube Diameter11.5″
Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves
Inflation Time5 min
SeamGlued, Quadruple Overlap
Material1000 Denier Reinforced Fabric
FloorRemovable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor
Drain Valves16 High-Capacity, Self-Bailing Drain Valves
Whitewater RatingSuitable Up to Class IV Rapids
Inflation Pressure3.2 psi

Standard Features of the Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Portaging a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak at a spot in the river with whitewater and rapids.
  • NMMA Certified
  • 16 high-capacity, self-bailing drain valves
  • Large, removable, rear skeg for improved tracking during flatwater touring
  • Spray skirts on the front and rear with carrying handles, storage below the skirts, and bungee cords for securing gear
  • 18 D-rings to secure the seat and gear as well
  • Three separate, independent air chambers with one-way air valves for added safety
  • Removable, high-pressure, drop-stitch floor for rigidity and easy cleaning
  • Printed owner’s manual with instructions

For a wealth of additional information, check out the Sea Eagle Explorer Kayak Owner’s Manual.

Key Features of the Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Fishing while standing in a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak outfitted with the Swivel Seat Fishing Rig with Scotty Rod Holders.

The following three, key features of Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks deserve closer attention.

Modular, Rigid, Drop-Stitch Floor Provides Double Protection

Figure showing the Sea Eagle modular, rigid, drop stitch floor.

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks have a unique modular design featuring an extremely rigid, high-pressure, drop-stitch floor that fits on top of an outer floor to increase structural integrity. (Note the figure above showing the Explorer kayak with and without the drop-stitch floor.)

The rigid, high-pressure, drop-stitch floor provides great rigidity yielding unparalleled responsiveness while the reinforced, outside, fabric floor provides a double layer of protection to bounce off rocks, logs, and other objects leaving the extremely durable Sea Eagle Explorer unscathed.

The creation of the drop-stitch floor involves the joining of two layers of poly-based fabric with tens of thousands of fine polyester threads. This forms the base layer of the floor to which an air-tight coating is applied. The result after inflation is a flat, rigid surface that greatly improves the stability and performance of the inflatable kayak.

The modular design also allows quick and easy removal of the drop-stitch floor for cleaning. It’s so much easier to thoroughly clean in the crevices of an inflatable kayak when the floor can be removed.

16 Rapid, Self-Bailing, Easy-To-Open & Shut Drain Valves

Sea Eagle Explorer bottom view showing its 16 rapid, self-bailing drain valves.

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks have 16 easy-to-open and shut rapid, self-bailing, drain valves. When open, water drains out as quickly as it enters making them well suited for whitewater.

Yet, in flatwater situations, you can remain high and dry while paddling with the self-bailing drain valves closed. A very important feature when the weather or water is cold… Well, you’ll stay dry as long as you adjust your kayak paddle, drip rings properly.

Large, Removable, Rear, Center Skeg

Sea Eagle Explorer large, removable, rear, center, slide-in skeg for flatwater touring.

Another important design feature of the Sea Eagle Explorer series of inflatable kayaks is the large, removable, center skeg at the rear of the kayak which can easily be removed whether inflated or deflated to accommodate different water conditions and ease of storage.

Remove the kayak skeg for whitewater or shallow water kayaking. You don’t want to be dragging the skeg along water bottoms especially in rocky river bottoms.

For maximum paddling efficiency on flatwater, replace the skeg for reduced yawing, that annoying rotation to the left and right as you paddle. The skeg is an extremely important feature for improved tracking during long flatwater touring.

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Discount Kayak Packages

Rowing a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak with the QuikRow Kayak Package to the perfect fishing spot..

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer discount kayak packages are designed with the paddler in mind. Basic accessories in each package are the foot pump, repair kit, kayak carrying bag, and easy-to-store kayak paddle with drip rings for staying dry.

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer – Deluxe Kayak Package – Model 300XK_D

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Deluxe Package, Model Number 300XK_D.

The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer – Deluxe Kayak Package (Model Number 300XK_D) is the perfect option for ease of storage and transport! It features an inflatable kayak seat, foot pump, repair kit, kayak carrying bag, and easy-to-store, four-part, kayak paddle.

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Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Kayak – Pro Kayak Package – Model 300XK_P

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Pro Kayak Package, Model Number 300XK_P.

The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer – Pro Kayak Package (Model Number 300XK_P) features a Tall Back Seat for greater back support, a must if you have back issues like me. The Tall Back Seat and four-part, high-performance, kayak paddle that come with the Pro Kayak Package are perfect for reducing fatigue on longer paddling trips.

This package also comes with an onboard kayak storage bag for storing your essentials.

Features:

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer – Pro Carbon Kayak Package – Model 300XK_PC

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Pro Carbon Package, Model Number 300XK_PC.

The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer – Pro Carbon Kayak Package (Model Number 300XK_PC) is the same as the Pro Package except it has the upgraded, top-end, ultra-light, carbon-fiber, kayak paddle.

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Sea Eagle 300x Explorer – QuikRow Kayak Package – Model 300XK_QR

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak QuikRow Package, Model Number 300XK_QR.

The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer – QuikRow Kayak Package (Model Number 300XK_QR) is for the enthusiast who’s into it all: whitewater, flatwater, fishing, and rowing!

It features an inflatable kayak seat, two Scotty Fishing Rod Holders, foot pump, repair kit, kayak carrying bag, easy-to-store, four-part, kayak paddle, and the Universal QuikRow Kit.

The Universal QuikRow Kit is a fixed frame rower that attaches to the Explorer in less than 60 seconds. It’s quick and easy to set up and a pleasure to use! How cool is that?!

And guess what?!

Like all the other Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks the Sea Eagle 300x Explorer with QuikRow Kayak Package still fits in the trunk of your car!

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Certifications

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayaks are certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) confirming that the Explorer lineup of kayaks has been manufactured to meet the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards for design, construction, and safety.

Sea Eagle Limited Three Year Warranty

Surfing waves in the ocean in a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak.
Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak with a GoPro. For more on GoPro kayak mounts check out the Best GoPro Mounts for Kayaking.

Sea Eagle kayaks are covered from bow to stern by a limited 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects.

They can afford to offer an all-inclusive warranty because of their vast experience in designing and selling inflatable boats. They’ve stood behind their products for over 50 years.

As a proven leader in the industry, Sea Eagle generates confidence and peace of mind in those who own their boats.

Risk-Free Trial Offer on Every Sea Eagle

Try a Sea Eagle Risk-Free… for 120 days! Or is it 180 days?

At the time of writing, the Risk-Free Return Policy and the Terms of Sale both mention a 120-day risk-free trial. But I also received an email offering a limited-time “6-Month Risk-Free Trial Offer on every Sea Eagle”.

“If you’re not totally happy with your boat, just return it in good condition for a full refund of your purchase price.”

Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayak Instructional Video

Want to see how simple Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks are to inflate, setup, operate, disassemble, deflate, and store? Check out the how-to video from Sea Eagle.

Necessary Accessories

Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Always carry a United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD. PFDs are part of boating safety and are required by law enforcement on government waters.

Dry Bags: The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer doesn’t have a watertight storage compartment. This makes dry bags necessary for keeping gear safe and dry.

Conclusion

Paddling a Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak outfitted with the Swivel Seat Fishing Rig with Scotty Rod Holders.

The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer inflatable kayak is an impressive 1-person kayak suitable for a wide range of kayakers including beginners.

The Sea Eagle Explorer series has been around since the 1970s! That alone is impressive! The 300x Explorer is a well designed and well-tested boat crafted from the highest quality materials to provide you years of enjoyment in a variety of waters from flatwater up to Class IV rapids.

With a length of 9′ 10″ the 300x offers increased maneuverability and control which helps tremendously in whitewater and at 30 lbs, it’s easy to carry.

There is only one caveat. If you are looking for speed on open water, it’s not the fastest of the Sea Eagle lineup of kayaks. For speed, you’ll want to look at the Sea Eagle FastTrack.

If you’re looking to paddle solo, you can’t go wrong with the 300x.

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