If you’re looking for a fast, streamline, durable inflatable kayak that tracks well and won’t break your bank account then you should check out the Sea Eagle 385 FastTrack. Suitable for up to three passengers, it has a large weight capacity that means you can head out on the water with friends and take all the gear that you could possibly want with you.
In this post, we’ll cover all the features that make it such a good option in our Sea Eagle 385 FastTrack review.
Overview of the Sea Eagle 385 FastTrack
The Sea Eagle 385 is designed to accommodate three occupants. It was designed to compete with rigid kayaks on the market. What makes it better than them is that it is easier to transport. The clincher would then be how well it performs in comparison. What we can immediately confirm is that the paddling is quite impressive.
Setting up the inflatable also saves a lot of time. It can be fully inflated in about 7 minutes flat. The boat is 381cm long and 91 cm wide. There is slightly less room on the interior with dimensions measuring 353cm x 46cm. In line with being portable, it measures 63 cm x 46 cm x 20 cm when deflated.
We will now consider all of the Sea Eagle 385 Fasttrack’s features in greater detail.
Construction and build
There are a whole host of features that we were thrilled to find on this boat. One of the most unsung ones is how well it performs when tracking in windy conditions. The overall workmanship is a true testament to a good brand.
This boat weighs 16kg when unoccupied. There is a negligible difference in weight between its deflated and inflated weight. When you consider the weight and the dimensions that we discussed earlier, you will realize why it is easy to transport. This also makes it just as easy to store away.
There is a weight capacity of 288kg. This is a generous amount for three humans and some cargo. Although we should mention that there is barely any room left for cargo when you have three persons on board.
You should be mindful of the additional weight that it brings if you are considering adding an engine on your boat. The recommended maximum weight of the engine is 15lbs, according to the manufacturer. Sticking to this guideline will ensure that the boat maintains its balance.
Durability cannot be ignored when considering an inflatable boat. There tends to be a minimum scope for repair. At which point it is all downhill. The material used on this boat is 1,000 denier woven base cloth. According to the manufacturer, it is a strong material. We have found no reason to doubt this claim.
To further strengthen it, they have placed a PVC coating around it. It is responsible for giving the boat a waterproof and airtight seal. This PVC is also resistant to the sun and to saltwater, which is critical. They tend to be unavoidable when out on the water.
There is no clear indication of what this boat is specifically designed for. This is not a bad thing. It speaks of the great versatility that it provides. The differentiation starts to come to the forefront when it comes down to the packages on offer. Users have the option to select a package that is designed for the activity that they are purchasing the boat for.
There are several packages on offer. They include the Pro, Solo, Fishing, Tandem, pro-carbon, Pro-motor, Deluxe, QuikRowand the Quiksail. Let us consider some of these in a little more detail.
The Pro sees an upgrade in the seats to go with ones that have contoured bases and wrap around the sides. It creates a seating area that is somewhat similar to a pilot’s cockpit. It also introduces paddles that are 8’ long.
The QuikSail is designed to introduce a sailing harness on top of the features that we have covered on the Pro.
The Pro-motor is as the name suggests, an introduction of a motor to the Pro.
The QuikRow is perhaps the most versatile of the bunch. It reduces the seating to one and uses the additional room for the features. It is suitable for paddling, fishing, and rowing
It is easy to get caught up in the various versions of the boat. To simplify it, you ought to remember that this boat is designed for use in lakes, ocean bays, and mild whitewater. It performs well in whitewater of up to class II.
There are 4 chambers on this boat. You can find them on the port, starboard, keel, and the floor. This provides you with a secure safety net in the event of encountering a puncture. You have three backups that will allow you to get to shore.
About the brand: Sea Eagle
Sea Eagle is a brand that is out of Long Island, New York. It has been built around true experiences out on the water. This is what you see in their products as well. They have been around since 1968. In this time, they have transitioned from having their first design manufactured in France in 1971, to building them all in the USA. Their range of products have continued to grow year on year, to the exceptional catalog that they have today.
- It does not require much storage space.
- There are specialized versions available.
- It is very sturdy on the water.
- The tracking is excellent even when it gets windy.
- It is lightweight
- It is fairly easy to steer.
- It comes with a 3-year warranty as standard.
- It can be difficult to pack up because of stiffness.
- The 10-year life expectancy can be over-optimistic.
- Front & rear spray skirts with storage below and elastic rope lacing for additional storage above
- Separate inner High Pressure Drop Stitch floor for greater rigidity
- Hull material resistant to sun & saltwater
There is a lot that can be said about being able to pick your favorite boat and finding out that there is a version for the activity that you want to use it. This is perhaps what we love the most about this boat. The manufacturers have gone out of their way to ensure that those that love the boat can find it optimized to certain activities.
Although we cannot quite speak off the 10-year life expectancy that the manufacturer promises. We take heart in the fact that there is a 3-year warranty cover that comes with each purchase. This gives you peace of mind in knowing that if something was to go wrong within the first 3 years of owning the boat you can get a replacement.
A tip for choosing yours if to ensure that you do not get one for an activity that you will not be taking part in frequently. If you are not sure, the best option is to get a versatile one instead of the more specialized versions.