Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Review


Paddling / Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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At 12 foot 6 inches, the Sea Eagle 380x Explorer is the medium-size model in the Explorer series of inflatable kayaks. Perfect for solo or tandem kayakers desiring versatility in adventures, the rugged design tackles whitewater, flatwater, and almost everything in-between including fishing, sailing, and rowing.

The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer inflatable kayak does it all! Take a look…

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About the Sea Eagle Explorer Series of Inflatable Kayaks

Whitewater kayaking in a Sea Eagle 380x Explorer inflatable kayak.

Sea Eagle Boats has been producing superior inflatable boats since 1968. They have set the industry standard in quality, durability, and performance. For proof, you don’t have to look any further than the Explorer kayak series. These resilient, wet or dry inflatable kayaks are innovatively designed to fully transition from a whitewater kayak to a flatwater kayak in seconds.

Two adjustable features of Explorer kayaks allow easy transition from flatwater to whitewater. The removable skeg and the 16 super-fast, self-bailing drain valves. Attach the skeg for improved tracking on flatwater and close the valves for a dry paddling experience or remove the skeg and open the drain valves on whitewater.

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks are designed to be used on open water touring, ocean surf, whitewater rivers, flatwater rivers, exploring, fishing, camping, and more. If you want to be able to kayak a variety of waters, the versatility and rugged performance of Explorer kayaks make a perfect choice.

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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 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Top view of a tandem Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Inflatable Kayak.
Top View
Side view of a tandem Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Inflatable Kayak.
Side View
Front view of a Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Inflatable Kayak.
Front View

Specifications – Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

(compare all Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks and canoes)

Person Capacity2 *
Hull Weight40 lbs
Length12′ 6″
Width3″ 3″
Interior11′ 9″ x 15″
Load Capacity2 Person or 750 lbs *
D-Rings24 D-Rings
Deflated31″ x 20″ x 9″
Chambers3 (port, starboard, floor)
Tube Diameter11.5″
Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves
Inflation Time8 min
SeamGlued, Quadruple Overlap
Material1000 Denier Reinforced
Engine Capacity34 lb Thrust, Electric Motor (max engine weight 15 lbs)
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

* Sea Eagle promotes the 380x Explorer as a 3-person kayak. It is more suitable as a 2-person kayak. See the summary below.

Standard Features of the Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Kayaking with large dogs in a Sea Eagle 380x Explorer inflatable kayak.
  • NMMA Certified
  • 16 high-capacity, self-bailing drain valves
  • Large, removable, rear skeg for improved tracking during flatwater touring
  • Front and rear spray skirts with carrying handles, bungee cords for securing gear, and storage under the skirts
  • Three separate, independent air chambers (port, starboard, and floor) with one-way air valves for added safety
  • Separate high-pressure, drop-stitch floor for rigidity
  • 24 D-rings to secure the seats and your gear
  • Motor mount receivers for the optional Sea Eagle motor mount
  • 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 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

The following three, key features of Sea Eagle 380x 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 two-part modular design with an extremely rigid, high-pressure, Drop-Stitch floor that tucks into a reinforced outer fabric floor for a double layer of protection from puncture or abrasion from rocks, logs, and other debris leaving the kayak unscathed.

The high-pressure, drop-stitch floor provides a surface rigid enough to stand up and fish in while also yielding unparalleled stability and responsive paddling not found in other brands. This is achieved by joining the top and bottom layers of poly-based fabric floor with tens of thousands of polyester threads to form a base floor layer to which an air-tight coating is applied.

Having a removable drop-stitch floor also allows for quick and easy cleaning of every crevice in the kayak. Proper cleaning after use will lengthen the life of your inflatable kayak.

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

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

The self-bailing system of Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks consists of 16 easy-to-open and shut rapid drain valves. When open, the valves drain water as quickly as it enters making the open position perfect for rapids. When it’s cold out, keep the valves closed on flatwater for a warmer, dry experience.

Large, Removable, Rear, Center Skeg

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

The Sea Eagle Explorer kayaks include an important design feature, the large, removable, rear, center skeg. Installation and removal of the skeg accommodate various water conditions and ease of storage. Installation is simple just slide the skeg into its track on the bottom of the kayak and lock it in place.

The skeg, when installed, reduces yaw, that an annoying left and right rotation that occurs when paddling so many inflatable kayaks. This greatly reduces fatigue on longer paddles.

To prevent damage to the skeg, remove it when whitewater paddling and in rocky or shallow situations. It can be added and removed as needed whether the kayak is inflated or deflated.

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Discount Kayak Packages

Rowing a Sea Eagle 380x Explorer inflatable kayak.

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer kayak discount packages are designed to suit different types of paddlers. Basic accessories in each package are the foot pump, repair kit, kayak carrying bag, and easy-to-store kayak paddle(s) with drip rings for staying dry.

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Deluxe Solo Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Deluxe Solo Package, Model Number 380XK_DS.

The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Deluxe Solo Kayak Package (Model Number 380XK_DS) is a great option for the solo paddler who wants more room for legs and gear than the 300x Explorer. The maximum load capacity is far greater too, 750 lbs vs 395 lbs in the 300x.

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

Features:

  • 380x Explorer Hull
  • AB30 7’10” 4 Part Paddle
  • Deluxe Inflatable Kayak Seat
  • A41 Large Bellows Foot Pump
  • Large Slide-in Skeg
  • Repair Kit
  • Kayak Carry Bag

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Deluxe Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Deluxe Package, Model Number 380XK_D.

The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Deluxe Kayak Package (Model Number 380XK_D) is a great tandem kayak package for kayakers who want to enjoy paddling flatwater up to Class IV rapids.

This 2-person kayak can also be set up as a 1-person kayak.

It features two easily removable inflatable kayak seats and two easy-to-store, four-part, kayak paddles.

Features:

  • 380x Explorer Hull
  • Two AB30 7’10” 4 Part Paddles
  • Two Deluxe Inflatable Kayak Seats
  • A41 Large Bellows Foot Pump
  • Large Slide-in Skeg
  • Repair Kit
  • Kayak Carry Bag

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Pro Kayak Package, Model Number 380XK_P.

The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Kayak Package (Model Number 380XK_P) is a comfortable tandem kayak featuring two Tall Back Seats for greater back support and two four-part, high-performance, kayak paddles perfect for reducing fatigue on longer paddling trips.

This package also comes with a bow and stern kayak storage bag for your essentials.

Just as with the model above with the inflatable seats, this 2-person kayak can also be set up as a 1-person kayak.

Features:

  • 380x Explorer Hull
  • Two Tall Back Kayak Seats
  • Two AB40 8′ 4 Part Paddles
  • Two Kayak Stow Bags
  • A41 Large Bellows Foot Pump
  • Large Slide-in Skeg
  • Repair Kit
  • Kayak Carry Bag

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Carbon Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak Pro Carbon Package, Model Number 380XK_PC.

The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Carbon Kayak Package (Model Number 380XK_PC) has the same features as the Pro Kayak Package except for the paddles which have been upgraded to high-end, Carbon-Fiber Paddles.

Features:

  • 380x Explorer Hull
  • Two AB50 8′ 2 Part Paddles
  • Two Tall Back Kayak Seats
  • Two Kayak Stow Bags
  • A41 Large Bellows Foot Pump
  • Large Slide-in Skeg
  • Repair Kit
  • Kayak Carry Bag

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – QuikSail Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Inflatable Kayak QuikSail Package, Model Number 380XK_QS.

The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – QuikSail Kayak Package (Model Number 380XK_QS) has the same features as the Pro Kayak Package plus the QuikSail Universal Kayak Sail Kit.

The QuikSail Kayak Package gives you another amazing way to utilize the 380x Explorer. If you’re into sailing and kayaking, it’s far less expensive than buying both a sailing dinghy and kayak separately.

Features:

  • 380x Explorer Hull
  • Two Tall Back Kayak Seats
  • Two AB40 8′ 4 Part Paddles
  • QuikSail- Universal Kayak Sail
  • Two Kayak Stow Bags
  • A41 Large Bellows Foot Pump
  • Large Slide-in Skeg
  • Repair Kit
  • Kayak Carry Bag

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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 Sea Eagle 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.

Features:

  • 380x Explorer Hull
  • Two Tall Back Kayak Seats
  • Two AB40 8′ 4 Part Paddles
  • Watersnake Asp T24 (Fresh & Saltwater) Kayak Motor
  • Kayak Motor Mount
  • A41 Large Bellows Foot Pump
  • Large Slide-in Skeg
  • Repair Kit
  • Kayak Carry Bag

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – QuikRow Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Inflatable Kayak QuikRow Package, Model Number 380XK_QR.

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – QuikRow Kayak Package (Model Number 380XK_QR) expands the capabilities of the 380x tandem kayak into a rowboat. Whether you’re into flatwater, whitewater, fishing, or rowing, this package has you covered.

The features of the QuickRow Kit include a swivel seat, a set of oars, and two fishing rod holders.

Features:

  • 380x Explorer Hull
  • Universal QuikRow Kit
  • Two Tall Back Kayak Seats
  • Two AB40 8′ 4 Part Paddles
  • Two Scotty Rod Holders
  • A41 Large Bellows Foot Pump
  • Large Slide-in Skeg
  • Repair Kit
  • Kayak Carry Bag

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Certifications

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer kayaks have received certification from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) confirming that they meet the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards for design, construction, and safety.

Sea Eagle Guarantee and Warranties

Durability test of a Sea Eagle 380x Explorer. Running over the inflatable kayak with a Jeep Wrangler.

Sea Eagle 4-Month Trial Guarantee: Try a Sea Eagle Risk-Free for 120 days! “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 3-Year Limited Warranty: 3-year limited warranty against any manufacturing defects.

Sea Eagle 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty: In addition to the limited 3-year warranty, Sea Eagle offers a 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty to give you 6-years of total warranty against any manufacturing defects.

Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayak Instructional Video

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Conclusion

Fishing from a rowing add on for the Sea Eagle 380x Explorer inflatable kayak.

The Sea Eagle 380x Explorer inflatable kayak provides versatility, durability, portability, and tandem kayaking adventures. This kayak does it all!

The 380x Explorer can be set up as a 1-person inflatable kayak or a 2-person inflatable kayak.

One kayaker can easily maneuver this 12′ 6″ kayak through rapids, yet it’s large enough to easily accommodate two kayakers, their gear, and a small child or a dog.

Whitewater, oceans, flatwater, touring, leisurely float, fishing, kayak-camping, rowing, sailing, cruise along with an electric motor, and more. The various packages are affordably designed to meet the needs of your favorite adventures.

The 380x Explorer has only one limitation. The Explorers are not the fastest in the Sea Eagle lineup. For speed, you’ll want to look at the comparable Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak.

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