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…

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

About the Sea Eagle Explorer Series of Inflatable Kayaks

Whitewater kayaking in a Sea Eagle 380x 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 series 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 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 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 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 – Model 380XK_DS

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:

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Deluxe Kayak Package – Model 380XK_D

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:

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Kayak Package – Model 380XK_P

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.

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Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Carbon Kayak Package – Model 380XK_PC

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.

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Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – QuikSail Kayak Package – Model 380XK_QS

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.

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Sea Eagle 380x Explorer – Pro Motor Kayak Package – Model 380XK_PM

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 Seat 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 380x Explorer – QuikRow Kayak Package – Model 380XK_QR

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:

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Certifications

Sea Eagle 380x 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

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

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

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Necessary Accessories

Personal Flotation Device (PFD): You should always carry a United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD and children should always wear a PFD. PFDs are not only necessary for your boating safety, they are required by law on government waters.

Dry Bags: There’s no watertight storage in the Sea Eagle 380x Explorer making dry bags somewhat of a necessity for keeping gear safe and dry.

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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