Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks Compared
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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!
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. With the 385ft and 465ft FastTrack weighing 35 and 44 pounds respectively, 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?!
Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks Are Best Used For:
- Flatwater Lakes
- Calm Rivers
- Whitewater up to Class II rapids
The Sea Eagle FastTrack is designed for rapids up to Class II. If whitewater kayaking is your thing, the Sea Eagle Explorer is a better choice.
Key Features of All Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks
The following key features of Sea Eagle FastTrack inflatable kayaks set them apart from the competition and deserve closer attention.
Sea Eagle’s Patented, Rigid, Drop-Stitch, Inflatable NeedleKnife Keel
The Sea Eagle FastTrack series of inflatable kayaks have 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
The Sea Eagle FastTrack series of inflatable kayaks have 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
The Sea Eagle FastTrack series of 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 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 Sea Eagle FastTrack 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
Another important design feature of the Sea Eagle FastTrack 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 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.
For a greater understanding of the materials that go into Sea Eagle boats and the materials and specifications of inflatable boats check my articles:
- What Hull Materials Are Used In Sea Eagle Boats?
- Understanding Heavy-Duty Inflatable Boat Air Chamber Materials And Specs
Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayak Specifications
(compare all Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks and canoes)
|Hull Weight||35 lbs||45 lbs||44 lbs|
|Length||12′ 6″||12′ 6″||15′ 3″|
|Width||3 ft.||3 ft.||3 ft.|
|Interior||11′ 7″ x 18″||11′ 7″ x 18″||14′ 2″ x 18″|
|Load Capacity||2 Person or 635 lbs||2 Person or 635 lbs||3 Person or 795 lbs|
|D-Rings||18 D-Rings||18 D-Rings||20 D-Rings|
|Deflated||25″ x 18″ x 8″||36″ x 15″ x 20″||30″ x 19″ x 9″|
|Chambers||4 (Port, Starboard, Floor, Keel)||4 (Port, Starboard, Floor, Keel)||4 (Port, Starboard, Floor, Keel)|
|Air Valves||4 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves||4 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves||4 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves|
|Inflation time||7 min||7 min||8 min|
|Seam||Quadruple Overlapped Seams||Quadruple Overlapped Seams||Quadruple Overlapped Seams|
|Material||1000 Denier Reinforced||1000 Denier Reinforced||1000 Denier Reinforced|
|Floor||Removable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor||Removable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor||Removable, High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor|
|Drain Valves||2 Open and Close Drain Valves||2 Open and Close Drain Valves||2 Open and Close Drain Valves|
|Whitewater Rating||Up to Class II||Up to Class II||Up to Class II|
|Inflation Pressure||3.2 psi||3.2 psi||3.2 psi|
|Engine Capacity||34 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 385ft FastTrack Inflatable Kayak
The Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak is fast, lightweight, incredibly stable, and super durable. It’s the best inflatable kayak in its class and a perfect choice for anyone who paddles on flatwater lakes, bays, marshes, calm rivers, and whitewater up to Class II rapids.
The Sea Eagle FastTrack 385ft can easily be converted from a solo kayak to a 2-person kayak. I have a lot of big and tall men in my family. The solo setup provides an amazing amount of room for larger adults with plenty of extra room for gear. As a tandem kayak, two average adults with gear and a dog or small child are a comfortable fit.
Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Inflatable Kayak
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.
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.
Sea Eagle 465ft FastTrack Inflatable Kayak
One, two, or three paddlers, the Sea Eagle 465ft FastTrack inflatable kayak is fast, lightweight, incredibly stable, and super durable. It’s the best inflatable kayak in its class and a perfect choice for families who paddle on flatwater lakes, bays, marshes, calm rivers, and whitewater up to Class II rapids.
Have kids like me? The stability of the 465ft FastTrack provides safety for those little ones. This kayak doesn’t flip or tip easily… With a one-year-old and another on the way, kayak stability provides great peace of mind!
Speaking of safety, with its almost indestructible construction and multiple inflation chambers, the Sea Eagle 465ft FastTrack is virtually unsinkable. If one of the inflation chambers is compromised, the remaining air chambers will keep the kayak afloat.
Electric Motors for Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks
An electric motor on a kayak can be a huge plus and a lot of fun especially if you are going to cover a lot of territory.
In order to mount an electric motor to a Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak, you’ll need a Sea Eagle motor mount (Item Number: MMKAYAK).
Once you have the motor mount installed on your kayak, attaching one of three recommended electric motors is simple.
- Watersnake Venom SX 34lb Thrust Electric Motor for Fresh and Saltwater
- Watersnake Asp T24 Electric Motor for Fresh and Saltwater
- Minn Kota Endura 30 for Freshwater
Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Always carry a United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD. PFDs are part of the boating safety basics for paddle boaters and are required by law enforcement on government waters.
Dry Bags: Sea Eagle FastTracks don’t have a watertight storage compartment like many hardshell kayaks. This makes dry bags necessary for keeping gear safe and dry.
Popular Accessories for Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks
There are a lot of great accessories that can be added to Sea Eagle FastTrack inflatable kayaks. Here are some popular ones you might consider.
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.
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.
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 FastCat.
Sea Eagle EZ-Cart
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.
Mushroom Anchor Kit
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.
Minn Kota Trolling Motor Power Center
If you plan to use an electric motor with your Sea Eagle, 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.
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.
Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayak Instructions
Looking to buy a kayak? Checking out the Sea Eagle FastTrack inflatable kayak instructions and owner’s manuals will give you valuable information for making a decision.
Instructions and Owners Manual for the Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayaks 385ft and 465ft. (Download PDF: 4.4MB)
Sea Eagle FastTrack Inflatable Kayak Instructional Videos
The following video from Sea Eagle demonstrates the ease of setup and inflation of a Sea Eagle FastTrack inflatable kayak.
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 FastTrack inflatable kayaks are certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) confirming that the FastTrack series of kayaks has been manufactured to meet the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards for design, construction, and safety.
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 carrying bags 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.
If you’d like to learn more, I’ve put together the Best Sea Eagle Kayaks For 2023 with Buyer’s Guide. In this guide, I ranked and reviewed the best Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks, along with my top 5 choices, so you can pick the best one.