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Old 09-08-2016, 09:03 PM   #1
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We are contemplating purchasing an inflatable Kayak ( Sea Eagle 420 ) since we cant carry our rigid kayaks in/on our Fifth Wheel. Any thoughts about inflatable kayaks?


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Old 09-08-2016, 09:19 PM   #2
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Skip the inflatable kayak and just buy some good quality tubes to float around in, it will be much more enjoyable.
I checked out the inflatable kayaks and was not thrilled, settled buying small 8' sit on top kayaks that would fit in the bed of my truck. They are ok to have fun with but no where near as nice as my 14' touring kayaks which I can't transport with my tow vehicle.
We ended up buying some tubes at a campground we stayed at that was located on a nice shallow river (to shallow even for our small kayaks) but the tubes worked great and gave us a enjoyable relaxing weekend.
We ended up using the tubes more than the small kayaks we purchased.
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:27 PM   #3
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We have a Sea Eagle 320 or 360. We haven't used it much but it's nice to have along, it fits in the basement of our Georgetown. I think was good value for what we paid. (My wife would rather have rigid kayak if we could carry one.)
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:43 AM   #4
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According to reviews ( with the requisite grain of salt) the Explorer series of Inflatables, while pricey, are comparable to the rigid 'yaks in terms of stability, durability, tracking, etc
As avid amateur kayakers, we need something portable for our fiver.
https://www.seaeagle.com/


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If you already have the 'yaks, you could look at something like this:


https://www.usrack.com/responsive/fi...truck-rack.php


Have a friend who uses a rack similar to this. Not really much more hassle than loading/unloading my truck rack over the bed.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:28 AM   #6
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Wow...that is a pretty slick rack! We already sold our rigid kayaks, so we'll still go with the inflatable, but I would seriously consider the rack if I still had the hard yaks. Thanks for the link.


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We have a advanced elements two person kayak that we leave in the trunk of the toad. Works great on calm water.
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:39 AM   #8
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We have 2 inflatables. One is a Walker Bay I've had (and used a ton) for 6 years. The other is an AquaGlide I got this spring. I came close the buying the Sea Eagle Explorer, but the aquaglide fit my needs better (fishing).

I've conversed with several Sea Eagle owners and have heard nothing but positives.

Before I got the aquaglide we would travel with my Walker Bay inflatable and my wife's rigid Old Town. Nowadays we take the inflatables.

Some points:
Takes up the space of a trash bag
Weight is less
On the water performance comparable (they are influenced by wind more)
Don't have to worry about someone stealing it off the top of your vehicle
They will get punctured
I'd suggest a 12v power pump
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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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We have ten foot rigid yaks that we carried upright on the rear bumper of our fithwheel .. Now we have a rack that goes from front hitch on the truck to a roof top rack , shades the cab also . We tell people its a rocket launcher !
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