Sea Eagle Sport Runabout
by John Hutchins
(Rockville, VA USA)
I bought a Sea Eagle Sport Runabout (10.6) about 6 or 7 years ago. The boat was only used for about 10 hours a year on our yearly vacation to Florida. The boat was stored rolled up and in a heated house between vacations. When I unrolled the boat for use the fourth year the transom brackets had come unglued from the tubes. I took pictures and called Sea Eagle. I asked to talk to someone in their quality control department. The reply was that they did not have a quality control department. I explained my problem with the failed transom bracket adhesive and they asked me to send pictures. I did so and their response was that they would sell me a new assembly of tubes-transom and floor, but would not stand behind their product even though it was only four years old with 30 hours of use and had catastrophically failed. They said that because the warranty was for 3 years the boat was out of warranty.
I talked to a inflatable boat repair shop in the Florida keys and was told that they could re-glue the transom brackets but the boat was not worth repairing. I did re-glue the transom brackets with two part PVC inflatable adhesive, but they have come un-glued again. The shop said that the Sea Eagle sport runabouts all failed as mine did in about 4 years due to issues with the adhesive.
There were no issues with the tubes and floor. The tubes still look and perform like new, but all the oar locks, the oar brackets and the Sea Eagle logos have now come off.
I have seen another owner's story in one of the inflatable forums about the same problem and again Sea Eagle would not replace the failed tubes-transom-floor assembly.
This boat cost around $1300 at the time and only lasted 3 years.
This makes the cost of owning and using a 10.6 Sea Eagle sport runabout about $430.00 per year.
My advise would be DO NOT BUY A SEA EAGLE SPORT RUNABOUT-BUY THE MORE EXPENSIVE, BUT HIGH QUALITY BRANDS FROM COMPANIES THAT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCTS.