Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayaks Compared


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Sea Eagle Boats is a New York-based, family-owned company that’s been producing high-quality, inflatable boats since 1968 and you don’t have to look any further than their Explorer kayaks for proof of their expertise in the inflatable boat industry. These rugged, wet or dry kayaks are ingeniously built to fully transition from a whitewater kayak to a flatwater kayak.

Sea Eagle Explorer kayaks have a removable skeg that can be slipped in place for improved tracking on flatwater or removed for whitewater performance, and 16 super-fast, self-bailing drain valves can be opened to drain the waves and spray from rapids or closed for a dry and comfortable paddle on flatwater.

The Sea Eagle Explorer series of inflatable kayaks can be used for flatwater touring, whitewater, ocean surf, exploring, fishing, camping, and more. Its versatility makes it the perfect choice for all-around kayaking.

Which Sea Eagle Explorer model and package best fits your needs and boating style? Let’s compare the Explorer series of inflatable kayaks, their uses, and their amenities.

Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayaks Are Best Used For:

Not just one but all Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks including the 350fx Fishing Explorer are suited for…

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

Key Features of All Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayaks

The following key features of Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks set them apart from the competition and deserve closer attention. All kayaks in the Explorer series benefit from the following key features.

Electronically Welded Seams

Electronically welded seams permanently bond without the need for toxic glues that can degrade over time and from sun exposure. This advanced construction technology provides superior durability, strength, and performance.

3 Air Chambers

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks have three inflation chambers for durability and safety. In the unlikelihood of a leak, only one chamber would be compromised leaving the remaining chambers to keep you afloat.

Deluxe One-Way Air Valves

Sea Eagle uses Halkey-Roberts one-way inflation valves (HR valves) for the chambers of the kayak and Deluxe Boston-style valves for the inflatable kayak seats.

These superior air valves reduce the chance of leaking and improve the inflation time. Being one-way, the air doesn’t leak out while inflating.

Modular, Rigid, Drop-Stitch Floor Provides Double Protection and Stability

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

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks have a two-part modular design where an extremely rigid, high-pressure, Drop-Stitch floor tucks into an outer floor with reinforced fabric for a double layer of protection to bounce off rocks, logs, and other debris and leave the kayak unscathed.

The high-pressure, Drop-Stitch floor provides responsiveness not found in other inflatable kayak brands by joining two layers of poly-based fabric with tens of thousands of fine polyester threads. This forms a base to which an air-tight coating is applied. The result after inflation is a flat, super-rigid surface that greatly improves the performance and stability of the inflatable kayak.

A bonus of the modular design is that it makes for easy cleaning of every interior crevice of the kayak when 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 a super-fast, self-bailing system consisting of 16 easy-to-open and shut drain valves. While on the water keep the valves open to drain out water as quickly as it enters. Perfect for whitewater. When on flatwater, keep them closed for a dry paddling experience.

Large, Removable, Rear, Center Skeg

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

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks have a large, removable, rear, center skeg. Installation can take place whether the kayak is inflated or deflated just slide the skeg into the track on the bottom of the kayak and lock it in place.

Install the skeg for improved tracking and maximizing paddling efficiency on flatwater. This will reduce the annoying left and right rotation that so many inflatable kayaks have when you paddle.

Remove the skeg for ease of storage along with whitewater or shallow water kayaking. You don’t tear up the skeg on rocks or the water bottom.

Weight Capacity

Being inflatable, Explorer kayaks offer a high weight capacity often exceeding the weight capacity of similar size hardshell kayaks. Whether you’re in a 1-person, 2-person, or 3-person model, you’ll be able to bring along extra gear.

Cargo Space

There’s no cargo hole, so you’ll have to protect gear under the bow and stern spray skirts or use dry bags. I recommend opting for dry bags to assure your gear stays dry.

There are also bungee cords on the spray skirts of all but the 350fx Fishing Explorer and all models have D-rings for securing gear.

Transport, Travel, Storage, and Security

The Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks easily deflate, fold up, and pack away into an included carry bag making the Explorer kayak convenient to transport and store.

Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks:

  • Are relatively light.
  • Don’t take up a lot of space.
  • Easily fit into the trunk of a car.
  • Don’t require expensive roof racks or other modifications to your car.
  • Don’t require a trailer.
  • Store easily till the next use.

Whether you have a 1-person, 2-person, or 3-person kayak, if you ever want to travel, inflatable kayaks are the way to go. The Explorer kayak can easily be checked with baggage on a plane, train, or ship. Not so with a hardshell kayak.

Want to take a road trip with your kayak? A hardshell kayak typically has to fit on top of your vehicle or on a trailer which cuts down on fuel efficiency and attracts theft. Inflatable kayaks not only stow inside your car, but you can also take them into your hotel, tent, or wherever.

Many people don’t have a great place to store a hardshell kayak. I lived in a condo where I had to walk my hardshell kayak through the security doors and down the halls to my condo where I stored it in my dining room. No need for this inconvenience with an inflatable kayak. It can be deflated and stored away in a closet.

For a greater understanding of the materials that go into Sea Eagle boats and the materials and specifications of inflatable boats check my articles:

Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayak Specifications

(compare all Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks and canoes)

Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayaks Compared: 300x, 350fx, 380x, and 420x.
The Sea Eagle Explorer series of inflatable kayaks: 300x, 350fx, 380x, and 420x
Model300x350fx380x420x
Person Capacity112 *3
Hull Weight30 lbs51 lbs40 lbs44 lbs
Length9′ 10″11′ 6″12′ 6″14′
Width3′ 3″3′ 3″3′ 3″3′ 3″
Interior8′ 9″ x 16″10′ x 17″11′ 9″ x 15″13′ 4″ x 15″
Load Capacity1 Person or 395 lbs1 Person or 575 lbs2 Person or 750 lbs *3 Person or 855 lbs
D-Rings18 D-Rings14 D-Rings24 D-Rings26 D-Rings
Deflated24″ x 16″ x 6″31″ x 19″ x 10″31″ x 20″ x 9″31″ x 21″ x 10″
Chambers3 (port, starboard, floor)3 (port, starboard, floor)3 (port, starboard, floor)3 (port, starboard, floor)
Tube Diameter11.5″11.5″11.5″11.5″
Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves
Inflation time5 min7 min8 min9 min
SeamGlued, Quadruple OverlapGlued, Quadruple OverlapGlued, Quadruple OverlapGlued, Quadruple Overlap
Material1000 Denier Reinforced1000 Denier w/ 2000 Denier Reinforced Sections1000 Denier Reinforced1000 Denier Reinforced
FloorRemovable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch FloorRemovable, Double Layer, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor with non-slip EVA foam paddingRemovable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch FloorRemovable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor
Drain Valves16 High-Capacity, Self-Bailing Drain Valves16 High-Capacity, Self-Bailing Drain Valves16 High-Capacity, Self-Bailing Drain Valves16 High-Capacity, Self-Bailing Drain Valves
Whitewater RatingUp to Class IVUp to Class IVUp to Class IVUp to Class IV
Inflation Pressure3.2 psi3.2 psi3.2 psi3.2 psi
Engine Capacity34 lb Thrust, Electric Motor (max engine weight 15 lbs)34 lb Thrust, Electric Motor (max engine weight 15 lbs)34 lb Thrust, Electric Motor (max engine weight 15 lbs)

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

Sea Eagle 300x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

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

The Sea Eagle 300x Explorer is the smallest in the Explorer series and the perfect choice for solo kayakers who want the versatility of being able to kayak whitewater and flatwater.

Smaller kayaks offer increased maneuverability and control on the water which helps tremendously in whitewater. Being smaller and lighter than the other Explorer kayaks, it easier to carry.

The 300x Explorer has a lot of advantages but if you’re planning on taking a lot of gear for a camping expedition, you could get cramped. I have long legs and would not want to put a lot of gear on the floor of the kayak in front of me. There is, however, a generous amount of room behind the seat. Way more cargo room than I need for a typical day on the river.

Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer Inflatable Kayak

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

Fishing!

The Sea Eagle 350fx Fishing Explorer inflatable kayak is a super-rugged version of the Explorer Series designed with the avid fisherman in mind. This kayak is constructed with 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 will get you to that perfect fishing spot. Paddle from a put-in to your favorite 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.

Whether you want to sit higher, lower, or stand, different packages are available.

The 350fx Fishing Explorer has additional features not found in the other Explorer kayaks:

  • Durable reinforced sections
  • EVA foam padded non-slip floor adds extra comfort and secure footing for those who choose to stand up to fish
  • Customized front & rear spray skirts with holders for your tools, hooks, and lures
  • Fully adjustable foot brace
  • Built-in 40″ fish ruler
  • Right & left side anchor trolley attachment D-rings

Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

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

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

Sea Eagle promotes this kayak as a 3-person inflatable kayak. I don’t find this the case. There isn’t room for a third seat. Maybe a small child or dog could fit in the front but not another adult.

It’s perfect as a 1-person kayak or a 2-person kayak with plenty of room for gear if you’re into extended trips and kayak camping.

Sea Eagle 420x Explorer Inflatable Kayak

Top view of a three-person Sea Eagle 380X Explorer Inflatable Kayak.

If you’re looking for an extremely stable 2-person or 3-person inflatable kayak, the Sea Eagle 420x Explorer inflatable kayak is the best family kayak for versatility in adventures. The rugged design masters whitewater, flatwater, and almost everything in-between including fishing, sailing, and rowing.

A longer vessel is the way to go if you want more legroom, extra space for gear, a 3-person kayak, and room for the family dog.

Interested in an inflatable kayak for your family or group of friends? Check out my post on, “Best Inflatable Kayaks and Canoes for Families“.

Electric Motors for the Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayaks

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

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.

Popular Accessories for the Sea Eagle Sea Eagle Explorer Kayaks

There are a lot of great accessories that can be added to the 350fx Fishing Explorer. Here are some popular ones you might consider.

Minn Kota Trolling Motor Power Center

Minn Kota Trolling Motor Power Center.

If you plan to use an electric motor with your Sea Eagle Explorer, I’d recommend the Minn Kota Trolling Motor Power Center. The Power Center fits 24 and 27-size batteries and allows easy access to external battery terminals without the need to open the box to access the battery directly.

The Power Center includes:

  • LED battery meter display
  • Two 12-volt cigarette lighter-style plugs for accessories
  • Two manual reset circuit breakers. A 15 amp for the accessory plugs and a 60 amp for the trolling motor.

Dry Bag

Perfect for water sports like kayaking, canoeing, rafting, even camping, Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bags protect your gear from getting wet or lost in the water.

There’s always something we want to keep dry secure and off the bottom of the lake or river. Dry bags are the answer for keeping your wallet, lunch, clothes, medications, and more safe and dry while out on the water.

I have Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bags though there are many reputable brands to pick from at outfitters like OutdoorPlay, Backcountry, and even Amazon.

Push Pole

A SuperStick KVD Telescopic Push Pole - great for pushing your boat in shallow areas that your trolling motor cannot handle.

A push pole like this SuperStick KVD Telescopic Push Pole is great for pushing your boat in shallow areas that your trolling motor cannot handle and with extra attachments, the pole can be transformed into a paddle, landing net, gig, boat hook, and much more.

Scotty Accessories

Scotty Rod Holder.

Scotty accessories are incredibly popular. Fishing rod holders, cup holders, Go Pro mounts, mounts for fish finders, and more… Scotty has you covered. Just attach your desired accessory to one of the two Universal Scotty Mounting Pads.

If Sea Eagle Boats doesn’t carry the Scotty accessory you’re looking for, OutdoorPlay will.

Fish Finder

Lowrance fish finders are great accessories for fishermen.

Fish finders like these from Bass Pro Shops are great for upgrading your fishing game. Easily attach a fish finder to the Universal Scotty Pads with the appropriate Scotty Universal Sounder Mount and Transducer Arm Mount.

Mushroom Anchor Kit

A Sea Eagle Boats anchor and rope, Model Number KAYAKANCH.

The Mushroom Anchor Kit includes an 8 lb. PVC-coated anchor and 25 ft. of rope that can be used with the Scotty Anchor Lock or tied to a carry handle.

Electric Pump

Sea Eagle Boats electric air pump, Model Number BTPKIT.

The BTP Two-Stage Electric Turbo Pump with Battery can make inflation even easier. There are two versions of the pump with or without the battery. The one you need will depend on where you’ll be pumping up your FishSkiff 16.

Sea Eagle EZ-Cart

Sea Eagle EZ Cart (small) cart and wheels.

If you are by yourself or have to go far to get to your put-in, a Sea Eagle EZ-Cart will be of great help especially if you have your boat loaded with gear.

Certifications

The Sea Eagle Explorer series of inflatable kayaks are certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). This certification confirms that Explorer kayaks have been manufactured to meet the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards for design, construction, and safety.

Sea Eagle Guarantee and Warranties

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 Instructions

Instructions and Owners Manuals

Looking to buy a kayak? Checking out the Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayak instructions and owner’s manuals will give you valuable information in making a decision. It’s not often that you get to read a kayak’s manual before purchase.

Instructional Video

Are you a visual learner like me? You will appreciate this how-to video from Sea Eagle. Watch how simple it is to inflate, setup, operate, deflate, and pack up the Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayaks…

Related Content: Inflatable Kayaks: Disassembly, Deflation & Storage

Who Are Sea Eagle Boats?

Sea Eagle Boats is a family-owned and run company located in New York. They have had a stellar reputation for making high-quality inflatable boats since 1968 and each of the boats in their lineup is a testimony to their excellence in the inflatable boat industry.

Sea Eagle Boats are lightweight, extremely durable, compact, easy to carry and transport, and above all fun! These inflatable boats pack down into a carry bag and can be stowed as luggage when traveling or stored in a car, SUV, van, truck, RV, or yacht. You can get Sea Eagles to almost any body of water for leisure, recreation, fishing, tending, rescue, and more.

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