The Sea Eagle 395 PaddleSki: Not an Ordinary Inflatable Boat
The Sea Eagle 395 PaddleSki glides through the water with greatly reduced drag thanks to its unique design where only the catamaran pontoons touch the water while occupants sit high, yet it rides like a long kayak.
A Look at the Craft
This inflatable catamaran kayak is offered with three equipment packages. The basic or Deluxe package, at $849 consists of the boat, two 7' 10" double-ended paddles, a foot pump, and two inflatable seats.
Specifications of the Sea Eagle 395 PaddleSki:
- Exterior: 12'11" x 3' 3"
- Interior: 11'6" x 1' 4"
- Deflated: 38" x 18" x 9"
- Tube Diameter: 12 1/2"
- Capacity: Two adults (500 lbs)
- Hull weight: 49 lbs
- Chambers: 2 (port & starboard)
- Material: 1000 Denier Reinforced
- Seam: Quadruple Overlap Seam
- Floor: 2000 Denier Reinforced
- Air Valves: Recessed one-way
- 2 skegs for directional stability
- 6 D-Rings to secure seats
- 3 aluminum crossbars
- 4 side carry handles; bow handle
- Carry bag and repair kit
- Engine capacity: 55 lbs thrust electric
- Warranty: 3 years (180 day money back guarantee)
- NMMA Certified for safety/construction standards
- Inflation time: 5 minutes
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The Pro Kayak package at $999 has everything the Deluxe package offers (above) with the exception of these upgrades: two 8' AB40 paddles, two high-back seats, and a bow storage bag.
Sea Eagle’s Ultimate package ($2,749) has everything the Pro Kayak kit includes, plus a motormount and a pricey Torqeedo Electric Motor. If you want the 395 PaddleSki with a motor, we suggest you get the Pro Kayak package, buy a PaddleSki Center Motormount ($59) separately, and get a less expensive electric motor.
Unique Design – But for What?
Sea Eagle advertises the 395 Inflatable PaddleSki as “5 boats in 1” that can sail, motor, fish, paddle, and row, but those options work only if you buy add-on packages such as a sail rig, motormount kit, rowing frame, fishing seat, etc.
The Sea Eagle 395 PaddleSki is not a good boat design for a sail and mast, and it is definitely the wrong boat for serious fishermen. Despite the cool design of the inflatable kayak catamaran combo, the nagging problem with the craft is that is very crowded with two people on board – and once you add any gear it gets piled up pretty quick due to a lack of storage space.
Another option is to use the 395 PaddleSki as a rowboat. You can add a Rowing Frame & Sliding Seat ($299), but there are better boat choices out there if this is to be your primary use of the craft. Again, the deck has limited space as it is and adding any attachment of this size drastically reduces space for gear.
Unique as a Recreation Boat
Yet, as a paddle boat, the Sea Eagle 395 PaddleSki is a lot of fun. With its raised kayak-shaped bow and molded skegs on the pontoons, the boat is easy to maneuver with very little drag in the water. The oversized air tubes and wide beam design provides stability, and the aluminum crossbars provide a footrest for going down whitewater or waves.
Despite its lack of focus (or too much effort trying to be a 5-in-1 boat), it is still a joy to use this Sea Eagle catamaran. If your desire is to paddle for exercise, hitting the surf, or use for afternoon explorations while camping, then the 395 PaddleSki is definitely worth your consideration. But if you are looking for an inflatable kayak for wilderness trips, get an Explorer kayak, or if you want a fishing catamaran, check out the FoldCat. This combo design is more fun than functional, making the Sea Eagle 395 PaddleSki best suited for situations when you don’t need to carry much (if any) stuff onboard.
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