Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Review


Fishing, Paddling / Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak is an extra-rugged version of the Explorer Series designed with the avid fisherman in mind. Built of 2000 Denier reinforced protective layers, electronically welded seams, and a double floor system, the hull is nearly indestructible.

Perfect for flatwater fishing yet designed for up to Class IV whitewater, the 350fx Fishing Explorer gets you to more fishing locations. Paddle from a put-in to your favorite fishing spot or carry it deflated in the Sea Eagle All-Purpose Backpack to remote fishing spots you could only dream of reaching in a hardshell kayak.

The main things to look for in a fishing kayak are stability and secure footing. The 350fx Fishing Explorer kayak has you covered with its spacious, reinforced, non-slip deck.

A fisherman standing up and fishing in a fully rigged Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak.

The deck floor of this kayak is reinforced with a top layer of additional 1000 denier fabric for superior rigidity and protection against sharp fins, hooks, abrasions, and other abuse, plus a strip of non-slip EVA foam padding adds extra comfort and secure footing for those who choose to stand up to fish.

This kayak has an abundance of fishing features: six built-in rod holders, forward and rear spray skirts with holders for your tools, hooks, and lures, a fully adjustable foot brace, anchor trolley D-rings, 40″ fish ruler on the left side tube, rear skeg for improved tracking on flatwater, a maximum load capacity of 575 lbs, and 16 self-bailing drain valves.

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

About the Sea Eagle Explorer Series of Inflatable Kayaks

A fisherman showing of a prize catch in a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak.

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. It’s 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 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Top view of a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Kayak.
Top View
Side View of a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Kayak.
Side View
Front view of a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Kayak.
Front View

Specifications – Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak

(compare all Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks and canoes)

Person Capacity1
Hull Weight51 lbs
Length11′ 6″
Width3′ 3″
Interior10′ x 17″
Load Capacity1 Person or 575 lbs
D-Rings14 D-Rings
Deflated31″ x 19″ x 10″
Chambers3 (port, starboard, floor)
Tube Diameter11.5″
Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves
Inflation Time7 min
SeamGlued, Quadruple Overlap
Material1000 Denier w/ 2000 Denier Reinforced Sections
Engine Capacity34 lb Thrust, Electric Motor (max engine weight 15 lbs)
FloorRemovable, Double Layer, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor with non-slip EVA foam padding
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 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak

A fisherman showing how to land a fish in a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak.
  • NMMA Certified
  • Customized front & rear spray skirts with built-in rod, tool, hook and lure holders, carrying handles, and storage below the skirts
  • Separate, removable, high-pressure, reinforced, drop-stitch floor with non-slip EVA foam padding and an extra top layer of denier fabric for superior rigidity, durability, and stand-up fishing
  • 16 high-capacity, self-bailing drain valves
  • Large, removable, rear skeg for improved tracking during flatwater touring
  • 14 D-rings to secure the seat and gear
  • Three separate, independent air chambers (starboard, port, and floor) with one-way air valves for added safety
  • Sea Eagle motor mount receivers for the optional motor mount attachment
  • Printed owner’s manual with instructions

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

Key Features of the Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak

A fisherman in a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak showing off his catch before releasing it back into the lake.

Three key design features are found in all Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks. These and five features specific to the 350fx Fishing Explorer deserve further 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.

Durable Reinforced Sections and Non-Slip Floor

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Durable Reinforced Sections and Non-Slip Floor.

The side tubes and floor of an inflatable fishing kayak can encounter a lot of abuse.

Sea Eagle has designed the 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak to handle this abuse by reinforcing the black, side tube sections with nearly indestructible 2000 denier fabric and reinforcing the deck floor with an additional top layer of 1000 denier fabric for superior rigidity and protection against sharp fins, hooks, and abrasions.

The floor also features a center strip of non-slip, EVA, padded foam for extra comfort and secure footing for stand-up fishing.

Customized Front & Rear Spray Skirts

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Customized Front and Rear Spray Skirts.

The customized front & rear spray skirts of the 350fx Fishing Explorer have built-in rod holders, tool holders, hook and lure holders, and sturdy carrying handles. They allow for plenty of storage underneath the skirts as well.

Sea Eagle FlexBrace

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak FlexBrace.

The 350fx Fishing Explorer comes with Sea Eagle’s trademarked FlexBrace Kit installed. This fully adjustable, ergonomic foot brace not only provides comfort, it streamlines your efforts by yielding more powerful paddle strokes. A valuable feature when you’re out on the water for hours.

Less fatigue = more fishing! 😀

Built-in 40″ Fish Ruler

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Built-in 40-inch Fish Ruler.

The 350fx Fishing Explorer has a built-in 40″ Fish Ruler is conveniently located on the side above the left foot brace. There’s no need to break out your measuring tape to confirm a legal catch or photograph your trophy fish.

Having a handy ruler allows for a faster catch and release which is safer for the fish you don’t intend to keep.

Right & Left Side Anchor Trolley Attachment D-rings

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Right and Left Side Anchor Trolley Attachment D-rings.

Left and right anchor trolley attachment D-rings on the sides of the Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer allow for superior control when positioning the location of your anchor point. This allows you to keep the Fishing Explorer properly positioned for setting the hook.

Works with anchor or anchor stake.

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Discount Kayak Packages

Paddling to a fishing spot in a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak.

Sea Eagle 350fx Explorer fishing discount kayak packages are designed with different types of fishermen and boaters in mind. The basic accessories of each package are the foot pump, repair kit, kayak carrying bag, and easy-to-store kayak paddle with drip rings for staying dry.

Want an electric motor for your inflatable fishing kayak? Though they aren’t included in any of the discount packages, they are available. I’ll cover the electric motor and mount options in the next section after the discount packages.

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer – Deluxe Solo Kayak Package – Model 350FXK_DS

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Deluxe Solo Package, Model Number 350FXK_DS.

The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer – Deluxe Solo Kayak Package (Model Number 350FXK_DS) is the perfect entry-level option for the avid fisherman looking to get out on the water in an inflatable fishing kayak.

This kayak features an inflatable kayak seat, repair kit, foot pump, kayak carrying bag, and easy-to-store, four-part, kayak paddle.

Features:

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer – Pro Solo Kayak Package – Model 350FXK_PSB

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak Pro Solo Package, Model Number 350FXK_PSB.

The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer – Pro Solo Kayak Package (Model Number 350FXK_PSB) features the Tall Back Seat for greater back support and comfort, a must if you have back issues like me.

The Tall Back Seat and four-part, high-performance, kayak paddle that come with this package are perfect for reducing fatigue on longer paddling trips.

You will sit a little lower in the Tall Back Seat, which improves stability and protects you from the wind. If the low seating position, is not in line with your fishing style, you’ll want to stand up to fish or opt for the next option, the Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak Package.

Want to further reduce fatigue? Consider an electric motor. I’ll cover the available options in the next section.

Features:

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

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

The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer – 360° Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak Package (Model Number 350FXK_FR) takes the 350fx to a whole new level! You’ll sit higher and can swivel 360° to get the best angle while landing the fish.

Sitting higher is an advantage for many fishing styles.

Two Universal Scotty Deck Mounts with Rod Holders come with this package as well.

Features:

Electric Motors for the Sea Eagle Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Electric motors are a huge plus on fishing boats. Kayaks are no exception.

In order to mount an electric motor to a Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak, you’ll need a Sea Eagle motor mount (Item Number: MMKAYAK).

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

Once you have your motor mount installed, it’s easy to attach one of three recommended electric motors available at Sea Eagle:

  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

Certifications

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing 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

A fisherman standing up to paddle a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak.

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

I’m a visual learner. How about you? If so, you’ll appreciate this how-to video from Sea Eagle. They cover inflation, setup, operation, deflation, and packing up Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks.

Necessary Accessories

Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Always carry a United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD on your kayaking trips. Children 12 and under should always wear a PFD. PFDs are necessary for boating safety and are required by law on government waters.

Dry Bags: There are no watertight storage areas in the Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer. You can compensate by using dry bags to keep gear safe and dry.

Conclusion

A fisherman standing up and fishing in a Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak.

What an amazing kayak! The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak is the perfect inflatable fishing kayak.

For fly fishermen like myself, the lower seat positions of the Deluxe Solo Kayak Package and the Pro Solo Kayak Package can be problematic. Understanding your fishing style can help you make the best decision on kayak packages.

An ideal setup that gives the greatest versatility for using the 350fx would be the Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak Package along with a Tall Back Kayak Seat, and electric motor setup. This would not only cover a variety of fishing styles but also prepare you for other adventures like touring, whitewater, camping, and more.

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