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Old 09-10-2016, 01:59 PM   #11
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Ha! A friend once responded to our rig set up by asking where we put the jacuzzi.


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Old 09-10-2016, 02:08 PM   #12
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The national forests don't allow inflatables on their rivers (at least not in the Ocala National Forest). Tubes are ok for some bodies of water, but we like to canoe or kayak rivers such as the James River in Virginia and rivers where we live in Florida. I don't want to be in a tube in some of these remote rivers, especially with gators lurking. We do tube I'm Florida rivers, but you have to know which ones are best for that. We have a canoe, but would like to get some sit on top kayaks.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:27 PM   #13
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The types of inflatables referenced here are every bit as sturdy and stable as most rigid kayaks and probably much safer than a paddle board or sit on top kayak. Do you have any more information on inflatable Kayaks not being allowed in these parks? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 09-11-2016, 09:58 PM   #14
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Inflatable Kayaks

We purchased two kayaks on a buy/sell/trade site. They are Sevolor low dollar units. Can be had for less than 100 new. Holds over 500# and a great value. Forget the tubes get the sea eagle.


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Old 09-12-2016, 06:23 AM   #15
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The types of inflatables referenced here are every bit as sturdy and stable as most rigid kayaks and probably much safer than a paddle board or sit on top kayak. Do you have any more information on inflatable Kayaks not being allowed in these parks? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.


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I'm curious about this as well. They use inflatables on the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. Not to mention every other white water river in the country.

Something different about the Ocala?
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Maybe by "inflatables" they mean tubes-not my flotation device of choice in gatorland! 😱


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Old 09-12-2016, 10:16 AM   #17
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We have two Sea Eagle 370s and two inflatable Isle Paddle Boards and love them all. They fit easily under the coach and give us a lot of fun options for the water. I have taken the 370 solo down class 2 rapids and it performed flawlessly. Also live on the intracostal waterway in SC and they are great there as well. Admitted, however, I use the inflatable SUPs much more.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:25 AM   #18
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Thanks. We ordered the Sea Eagle 420 pro package. Will be testing it out in Michigan's Lelenau Pn. Next week. Lake Michigan, Platte River, Crystal river, hopefully.


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I have the 370 and love it. I imagine that 420 will be incredible.
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Yeah...cant wait to try it out. Thanks to all posters for their gracious responses. Love this forum.


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I am sure you will love your new inflatable.

We have a Sea Eagle (385ft) tandem (with room for a little one too in the middle) inflatable. We love it. We also have a rigid (Hobie) tandem. Sometimes we take both so we can share with others or just choose which one we want to use. They both are in/on the toad. The inflatable doesn't track quite as well as the rigid, but the trade-offs are quite acceptable.

We originally bought the Sea Eagle so we could kayak in Hawaii. It fit in 2 suitcases in checked luggage and we just took carry-on for our clothes. Would do it again in a minute. It was so much fun surfing the (warm) waves in the Sea Eagle.

The only issue with the inflatable is you may be bringing something still wet into whatever vehicle you store it in and you have to think ahead to whether or not you will use it in the next few days. The info we got said if you aren't going to use it in the next 3 days to make sure it is completely dry before storing so it won't mildew. Sometimes it is a challenge to clean and dry it. That's when hauling the Hobie off the roof can be easier. I did read where some people haul the inflated inflatable on the roof too so it is ready to use - that is one way to keep it dry. We haven't tried that yet.
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