Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak Review


Fishing, Paddling / Friday, March 26th, 2021

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The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak is an extra-rugged version of the FastTrack Series designed with the avid fisherman in mind. Built of 2000 Denier reinforced protective layers, quadruple overlapped seams, and a double floor system, the hull is nearly indestructible.

Perfect for flatwater fishing yet designed for up to Class II whitewater, the 385fta FastTrack Angler gets you to more fishing locations. Paddle from a put-in to your favorite fishing spot or carry it deflated in its carry bag to remote fishing spots you could only dream of reaching in a hardshell fishing kayak.

Stand up fishing in a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.

Two main features to look for in a fishing kayak are stability and secure footing. The 385fta FastTrack Angler has you covered with its spacious, reinforced, non-slip deck and super stable design.

The deck floor of this kayak is reinforced with a top layer of additional 1000 denier fabric for superior rigidity and protection against hooks, sharp fins, 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 a plethora of fishing features: four built-in rod holders, forward and rear spray skirts with bungee cords and holders for your tools, hooks, and lures, 36″ fish rulers side tubes, rear skeg for improved tracking on flatwater, a maximum load capacity of 635 lbs, and 2 open and close, self-bailing drain valves.

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak is…

  • Reinforced to be super rugged and super tough
  • Comfortable for one or two fishermen
  • Abundant in fishing features
  • Stealthily glides on the water
  • Lightweight
  • Minimal setup time
  • No need for roof racks
  • No costly boat, trailer, fuel, or ramp fees
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Avoid crowded boat ramps
  • Fits in the trunk of your car
  • Compactly stores away when not in use

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

About the Sea Eagle FastTrack Series

Two fishermen paddling in a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable tandem kayak.

The Sea Eagle FastTrack series of inflatable kayaks are extremely well designed. The combination of FastTrack’s sleek, curved, touring shape and state-of-the-art “NeedleKnife Keel” provide a faster, smoother paddling experience than ever before!

How?

The FastTrack’s large side tubes, rigid “NeedleKnife” molds at both bow and stern, and high-pressure Drop-Stitch keel provide a cleaner entry and exit through the water. These features allow FastTrack kayaks to paddle faster and easier with greater glide in a wide variety of open water conditions including waves, currents, and wind.

In addition to its performance, the Sea Eagle FastTrack series provides true rigid kayak performance with the benefits of an inflatable kayak. They are a dream to lift in comparison to their hardshell counterpart which can weigh twice as much.

Best of all, FastTracks are inflatable making them easy to pack, store, and transport! No more struggling with roof racks! These Sea Eagle kayaks fit in the trunk of your car. Want to take your kayak on vacation? No problem! With the use of its carry bag, you can check any Sea Eagle kayak as luggage on a plane. How cool is that?!

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Top, Front, and Side Views – Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak

Top view of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.
Top View
Side view of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.
Side View
Front view of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.
Front View

Specifications for the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak

Fisherman paddling a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak on a lake.

(compare all Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks and canoes)

Best UseFlatwater Lakes, Bays, Marshes, Calm Rivers, Whitewater up to Class II rapids
Skill LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Structure TypeInflatable
Cockpit TypeSit-on-Top / Open Cockpit
Person Capacity2
Seating ConfigurationSolo, Tandem
Paddler SizeUp to Large Adult
Hull Weight45 lbs
Length12′ 6″
Width3′
Interior11′ 7″ x 18″
Load Capacity2 Person or 635 lbs
D-Rings18 D-Rings
Deflated36″ x 15″ x 20″
Chambers4 (Port, Starboard, Floor, Keel)
Tube Diameter9.5″
Air Valves4 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves
Inflation time7 min
SeamQuadruple Overlapped Seams
Material1000 Denier Reinforced with 2000 Denier Reinforced Sections
FloorRemovable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor with non-slip EVA foam padding
Drain Valves2 Open and Close Drain Valves
Whitewater RatingUp to Class II
Inflation Pressure3.2 psi
Engine Capacity34 lb Thrust, Electric Motor (max engine weight 15 lbs)
WarrantyLimited 3-Year (standard), 3-Year Extended (extra)

Standard Features of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak

Let’s look at some popular features of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack inflatable kayak…

  • NMMA Certified
  • Sun and saltwater resistant hull made of more durable 29% thicker 1000 denier material
  • Reinforced side-walls and bottom with 2000 denier for extra protection
  • Combination of double-reinforced, welded/glued seams
  • Separate, removable, high-pressure, reinforced, drop-stitch floor with non-slip EVA foam padding to prevent punctures from fish and hooks and to prevent slipping when stand-up fishing
  • Outside, state-of-the-art, high-pressure, inflatable, drop-stitch, NeedleKnife keel at the bow for improved tracking and faster, smoother paddling
  • Customized front and rear spray skirts with built-in rod, tool, hook and lure holders, carrying handles, storage below the skirts, and bungee cord lacing on top for storing additional gear above
  • 18 D-rings to secure seats, accessories, and gear
  • Separate inner, high-pressure, drop-stitch floor for greater rigidity and stability
  • Large, removable, sweptback, rear skeg for improved tracking and speed during flatwater touring
  • Built-in fish rulers on the side tubes
  • Custom hunter green color to blend in with surroundings
  • 4 Recessed, one-way air valves
  • 2 Open and close drain valves
  • Whitewater rating up to Class II
  • Nylon carry bag
  • Repair kit
  • Printed owner’s manual with instructions

For a wealth of additional information, check out the Sea Eagle FastTrack Angler Owner’s Manual. (Download PDF: 3.2MB)

Key Features of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak

Fisherman standing up and fishing in a Stand Up Fishing in a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.

The following key features set the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak apart from the competition and deserve closer attention.

Sea Eagle’s Patented, Rigid, Drop-Stitch, Inflatable NeedleKnife Keel

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has a patented NeedleKife, rigid, inflatable keel to improve performance.

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has a unique external, rigid, drop-stitch, inflatable NeedleKnife keel. This high-performance design makes a noticeable difference in this kayak’s performance by allowing the FastTrack to paddle far faster and straighter than other inflatable kayaks.

The keel design features sharp bow and stern molds that efficiently cut through wind, currents, and waves for an impressively fast and super clean entry and exit! This design also provides buoyancy and lift to improve speed whether paddling or using an electric motor.

Sleek, Asymmetrical Shape

Top view of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has a high-performance, asymmetrical shape. Its sleek design is tapered and narrow at the bow while being wider at the stern giving it the ability to cut through waves faster and easier while providing buoyancy at the set positions where it’s most needed.

Modular, Super-Rigid, Drop-Stitch Floor Provides Double Protection

Super-Rigid, Drop-Stitch Floor on top of an outside floor. Provides rigidity, strength, and durability.

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has 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 FastTrack 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 FastTrack Angler 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.

Large, Removable, Rear, Center Skeg

Large removable rear center skeg on the Sea Eagle FastTrack inflatable kayaks.

Another important design feature of the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak 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 up to Class II 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.

Customized Front & Rear Spray Skirts

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has customized front and rear spray skirts for your fishing gear..

The customized front & rear spray skirts of the 385fta FastTrack Angler have built-in rod holders, tool holders, hook and lure holders, and sturdy carrying handles. They also have bungee cord lacing on top for additional storage and allow plenty of storage underneath the skirts as well.

Built-in 36″ Fish Ruler

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has a built-in 36-inch, fishing ruler for measuring your catch.

The 385fta FastTrack Angler has a built-in 36″ Fish Ruler conveniently located on each sidewall. There’s no need to break out your measuring tape to confirm a legal catch and having a handy ruler also allows for a faster catch and release which is safer for the fish you don’t intend to keep.

Non-Slip, EVA Foam, Protective Floor Pad

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has a non-slip EVA foam proactive floor pad.

The floor of an inflatable fishing kayak can encounter a lot of abuse. The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler has a reinforced deck floor with an EVA foam protective pad for a non-slip surface with superior rigidity and protection against sharp fins, hooks, and abrasions.

Reinforced Sidewalls

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak has reinforced sidewalls.

Sea Eagle has designed the 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak extra protection against sharp fins, hooks, and abrasions by reinforcing the black, side tube sections with nearly indestructible 2000 denier fabric.

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Discount Kayak Packages

Fisherman solo paddling a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.

The discount kayak packages for the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak are designed to accommodate the needs of different types of paddlers and fishing styles. The basic accessories of each package are the foot pump, repair kit, kayak carrying bag, and easy-to-store kayak paddle(s) with drip rings for staying dry.

The quality of the seat, paddle, and accessories change between packages.

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

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Deluxe Solo Angler Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak Deluxe Solo Fishing Package, Model 385FTAK_DS.

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Deluxe Solo Angler Kayak Package (Model Number 385FTAK_DS) is the perfect entry-level option for the avid fisherman. It has everything you need to get out there fishing and fast!

Features:

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Pro Angler Kayak Package

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak 2-Person Pro Fishing Package, Model 385FTAK_P.

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Pro Angler Kayak Package (Model Number 385FTAK_P) is set up as a tandem fishing kayak but can be used as a solo kayak too. It features two 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. Want to further reduce fatigue? Consider adding an electric motor.

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.

Features:

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak Package

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

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Kayak (Model Number 385FTAK_FR) takes the 385fta to a whole new level! You’ll sit higher and can swivel 360° to get the best angle when landing your prize catch. Two Scotty Rod Holders come with this package as well.

Sitting higher is an advantage for many fishing styles.

Features:

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 Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler – Pro Motor Fishing Rig Kayak Package (Model Number 385FTAK_PMFR) is a true fishing machine that you’ll love for years! Cover more water or race to your favorite fishing spot with the Watersnake Asp T24 Kayak Motor.

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Electric Motors for the Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak

Fisherman on a lake in a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak with an electric motor.

An electric motor on a fishing boat can be a huge plus. Fishing kayaks are no exception.

In order to mount an electric motor to a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler 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 the motor mount installed on your kayak, attaching one of three recommended electric motors is simple.

  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 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayaks are certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) confirming that the FastTrack lineup of kayaks has been manufactured to meet the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards for design, construction, and safety.

Sea Eagle Limited 3-Year Warranty

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 boating industry, Sea Eagle generates confidence and peace of mind in those who own their boats. Their comprehensive warranty and outstanding commitment to customer service are second to none.

Sea Eagle 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty

Want extra coverage on your kayak?

Sea Eagle Boats also offers a 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty in addition to the Limited 3-Year Warranty to give you 6-years of total warranty against any manufacturing defects.

The Extended Warranty applies to the hull only and is only offered at the time of purchase.

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 FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak Instructional Videos

The following video from Sea Eagle demonstrates the ease of setup and inflation of a Sea Eagle FastTrack inflatable kayak.

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Necessary Accessories

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

Dry Bags: The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler lacks a watertight storage area making dry bags necessary for keeping gear safe and dry.

Conclusion

Fisherman reeling in a catch on a Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak.

The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler inflatable kayak is an impressive choice for the beginner to the advanced paddler who’s looking to get out on the water and fish.

This two-person inflatable kayak is designed with rigidity, handling, and speed to rival any hardshell fishing kayak, yet in comparison, it’s lightweight, easily transportable, and compactly stores away in a corner of the garage or closet in your home.

Sea Eagle has been designing and building inflatable kayaks since 1968. They’re a talented bunch of kayakers and fishermen who know how to build a quality fishing kayak that’ll provide you years of fun!

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