Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by Uncle Nick Not what you would expect in an inflatable kayak
I love to go kayaking, but do to my obligation to Uncle Sam, I frequently move around and not to the most spacious of places. I have owned a few kayaks (home made, sit ins, sit on tops) and have rented quite a few more... I wanted something that I could take with me to go camping, fishing or just out for the day, but it had to be compact. I look at just about every type of collapsible, inflatable kayak on the market and decided I would go with the Sea Eagle 385 with the sail. I didn't really have high expectations with the inflatable kayak, but it was the only way I could do everything that I wanted. When I received it I immediately when to a near by lake and had to try it out, I would (and did# buy a small electric air pump, the first set up was not difficult but time consuming #pumping forever#. Then I hit the water with it. What do you know, it was fast and it tracks straight, capable of keeping up with rigid hull kayaks with no problems. This boat is incredibly stable. took it to the beaches for some surf kayaking, and out preformed all of the sit on tops, even got to pull one of the rigids back to shore after it sank. This is THE BEST kayak for just drifting, on rivers, in lakes with a slight breeze, in the ocean past the surf. If you want to just sit and enjoy the surrounding with nowhere to be, you just lay down in the kayak, there's room for two, it's a sofa on the water. Now the down side, it's not easily carried around. Don't think you can take it back packing though the mountains, you could, you just could bring anything else. It requires a lot keep up, when you get done for the day, you have wash all the mud, crud or sand#or what ever# off of it and then dry it off before you put it away. May be it just me but the sail some how makes the wind go away, the wind is blowing nicely, I bring out the sail, no more wind. Every time. In closing I love this boat, but it has some issues you would have to live or overcome, at least it wont break the window of your car if accidently run into #true story).
October 13, 2013