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Old 07-07-2015   #1
 
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Sea Eagle 370 any good for class III WW?

I'm just getting into kayaking, and a buddy of mine wanted to get an inflatable tandem so him and his girlfriend can tag along on some class I-III stuff. He ordered the Sea Eagle 370, but I have a feeling he didn't research it very well. From the reading around I've done I'm afraid he's getting himself into an inferior product and may get discouraged from the sport is he has issues with it.
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Old 07-07-2015   #2
 
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If this is the boat I'm thinking of, it is made of Vinyl. Your instincts are correct. This is a pool toy and isn't trustworthy on class III water.

Look at a Tributary Tomcat or similar for an entry level IK.
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It's actually made of PVC. Maybe I'm completely wrong, but I still get the cheap vibe from it. It's also over 12' long, but maybe that's typical of tandems.

https://www.seaeagle.com/SportKayaks/SE370

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Old 07-07-2015   #4
 
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yea, your initial thoughts are correct. This is a lake/pool tool and not a serious whitewater inflatable.
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PVC = Polyvinyl Chloride and is commonly called vinyl. But there is a world of difference in the very thick and durable PVC used in a whitewater boat and the stuff used by Sea Eagle.

I have had friends take these along on mellow class II waters but they often didn't last more than one or two trips, when they did fail they were almost impossible to repair. A good inflatable whitewater kayak can last 10 years or more and is much more repairable than a 'pool toy'.
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Old 07-07-2015   #6
 
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Ive owned about 3 of these boats I've brought them threw class 2 and i have to say they have no riggedness if that's a word, I've blown seams from over inflation got pin holes from just sitting on the bank no way could they handle class 3 with out having an issue spend the extra cash or dont even bother with it. I own a trib tom 2 now was only $ 650 way worth the extra cost trust me on this.

but i do got to say the seats are way nice!
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Old 07-08-2015   #7
 
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Search craigslist for inflatable kayak, whitewater kayak, or kayak and you'll find a decent WW IK.


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Old 07-08-2015   #8
 
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Their explorer series handle class III no problem.

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Like Mike said, the explorer series handle class III just fine...I regularly run my 380x on Class III and an occaissional IV rapid all the time. There's definitely better handling boats but the capacity is hard to beat (great whitewater fishing IK). When I bought mine they were the most bang for your buck IK, but since have raised their prices as NRS, Aire and tribs lowered theirs...effectively pricing SE out of the market IMO.

The sport series like that 370 are junk. Pool toys. I paddled one at a take out once that a guy had. I felt bad for him.
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My buddy got a 380x, not a bad boat for the price with gear all in. So as others have said the explorer series are a better choice, they can surf a bit and hold one to two or up to 750 pounds! Lots of options out there for IK's though. I have found when it comes to whitewater, springing that extra money up front for quality will save you much more money down the river...
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