The Sea Eagle 340x Explorer Kayak: Ready for a Full Day of Adventure
Going solo or tandem, the Sea Eagle 340x Explorer Kayak is a good boat for when you want to go off and explore hidden coves, lazy rivers, and remote fishing spots. Or maybe there are some Class III rapids on your river itinerary. You can do it all in comfort, as the wide beam on the 340x makes it one of the most stable inflatable kayaks on the market.
A Look at the Craft
The Sea Eagle 340x Explorer Kayak comes in two equipment packages, each consisting of the hull, two seats, two double-ended paddles, foot pump, carrying bag, and repair kit.
Specifications of the Sea Eagle 340x:
- Dimensions: 11'1" x 3' 1"
- Deflated: 31" x 19" x 8"
- Tube Diameter: 11 1/2"
- Capacity: Two adults (600 lbs)
- Hull weight: 42 lbs
- Chambers: Three (port, starboard, floor)
- Material: 1000 Denier Reinforced
- Seam: Quadruple Overlap Seam
- Floor: Separate Inflatable I-beam
- Air Valves: 2 recessed one-way
- Spray skirts w/water deflector guards
- 4 High capacity self-bailing drain values
- Two inflatable seats
- 6 D-Rings to secure seats
- Foot pump
- Two 7' 10" AB30 paddles
- Carry bag and repair kit
- Warranty: 3 years (180 day money back guarantee)
- NMMA Certified for safety/construction standards
- Inflation time: 7 minutes
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The Deluxe package sells for around $799 and the Pro Kayak package (recommended), has everything the Sea Eagle 340x Explorer deluxe package offers with the exception of these upgrades: two 8' AB40 paddles, two high-back seats, bow storage bag, and a stern storage bag. The Pro equipment package is just $999.
It is also highly recommended that you get a directional stabilizer ($39) to improve hull speed and make paddling more efficient.
If you buy directly from the Sea Eagle website, you may have an opportunity to pick up one of their Used Inflatable Kayaks and save $100. A used inflatable may have a few cosmetic blemishes, but otherwise they work as good as new.
Stable, Durable, and Fun
With drains opened, the Sea Eagle 340x Explorer Kayak bails itself in rough water conditions, and with the drains closed while on flat water, the floor remain dry. The listed payload capacity limit of 600 pounds is with the plugs closed, but even caught in a heavy rainstorm or running whitewater, the Sea Eagle can take on water up to the gunwales without sinking.
One of the best features of the 340x Explorer Kayak is the fabric it’s made of. You shouldn’t have to worry about puncturing the hull since Sea Eagle’s 1000 denier material can take a pounding against rocks, jagged beaches, coral reefs, dog toenails, and a whole lot more. Furthermore, the seams are electronically welded (not glued) which fuses the material into one solid structure.
Which Size to Buy?
There are three hull sizes in the Sea Eagle Explorer inflatable kayak series: the 340x (11'), the 380x (12'6"), and the 420x (14'). The difference in price is about $50 the longer you go in length, as well as an increase in payload capacity (600 lbs to 855 lbs).
Overall, these Explorer kayaks are good boats. They aren’t as fast as some other inflatable kayaks, but if you add a directional stabilizer, you will see it makes a big difference in paddling effort. They shouldn’t be purchased for the sole purpose of whitewater kayaking (get a better design for that), but for scuba divers, anglers, backcountry paddle campers, and anyone who wants to have fun, the Sea Eagle 340x Explorer Kayak is a good buy.
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