Originally Posted by outwash
Hey Thanks on all the comments.
A friend recommended the Sea Eagle SE330 out the cheaper models. There are a lot of them for sale all over the place. Has anybody used that one on rivers? Is it very durable? I noticed it has these mini-skegs (minature like attachable keels) on the bottom. I wonder what a shallow cobbly river would do to those?
Nope....those SE "sport series" are crap and pool toyish...yes I've paddled one briefly when I met a guy who had one at the take out. Every IK mentioned here (except the Sev Tahiti) is a better boat.
Now the Explorer series are MUCH better. I own a SE 380x They are like a beefier SK100DS and more expensive. When I got mine they were by far as good as you could buy for their price range and they come with everything you need...but their prices went up over the past few years and in the meantime the bandits and tomcats were introduced.
Consequently SE has priced themselves out of the budget IK market and you will get a better whitewater boat at a better price out of a bandit or tomcat. Don't get me wrong I LOVE my SE 380x. It's like the truck of the IK world...it does everything ok but nothing great (except carry gear and be comfy). It's the most comfortable IK I've used with the deluxe seats, 720lb capacity, tandem, drafts shallow, but tracks poorly, is slow and is generally just not a great whitewater boat but a decent one and is durable (I've put mine through the ringer for sure). You can usually buy one with a used hull and get $100 off but even then it's not so great a deal anymore. The new ones do have improvements that mine needed. I'd buy one again only if it was a really good price, but like I said as a new boat there are now better and cheaper options.