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Sea Eagle 330 Review

A mixture of decent durability and reasonably low cost, this kayak will get you and a friend on the water with relative ease
Sea Eagle 330
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Price:  $299 List | $249.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, easy to set up/break down, everything included
Cons:  Narrow, sits high in water, unstable, seats unsupportive
Manufacturer:   Sea Eagle
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 16, 2021
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  • Handling - 25% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 4
  • Ease of Set Up - 20% 5
  • Portability - 20% 6
  • Durability - 10% 4

Our Verdict

If you're in the market for a reasonably priced and decently durable tandem kayak to paddle on calm waters or send the kids out in, the Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Sport may be the right kayak for you. We aren't blown away by its handling, but it is easy to set up and includes everything you need to get out on the water. Though it didn't win any awards from our testers, the Sea Eagle 330 is a relatively easy boat to use in calm conditions and is much cheaper than many other tandem options available on the market.

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Pros Inexpensive, easy to set up/break down, everything includedHandles well, high durability, fast, stable, fabric is water resistantComplete package, doesn't soak up water, spacious, can paddle solo alsoExtremely portable, maneuverable, stable, easy set upVery inexpensive, everything included, low and stable
Cons Narrow, sits high in water, unstable, seats unsupportiveHeavy, floor difficult to inflate, hard to drainSmall paddle blades, unimpressive attachments, materials less durableLow durability, poor tracking, weight doesn’t include pump or paddleNot durable, pump is inefficient, average portability
Bottom Line A mixture of decent durability and reasonably low cost, this kayak will get you and a friend on the water with relative easeWith excellent handling, a long lifespan, and great comfort, this kayak will go the distanceEverything you need to get out on the water with a friend or by yourself for a great priceGetting on the water miles from any roads has never been easier than with this extremely portable kayakWhat it lacks in finesse and durability it makes up for with a shockingly low price tag and decent handling
Rating Categories Sea Eagle 330 AdvancedFrame Intex Excursion Pro K2 Advanced Elements P... Intex Challenger K2
Handling (25%)
4.0
9.0
7.0
4.0
5.0
Comfort (25%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
Ease Of Set Up (20%)
5.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Portability (20%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
9.0
5.0
Durability (10%)
4.0
8.0
4.0
3.0
2.0
Specs Sea Eagle 330 AdvancedFrame Intex Excursion Pro K2 Advanced Elements P... Intex Challenger K2
Measured Weight (boat and storage bag only) 28.9 lb 33.25 lb 34.6 lb 5.25 lb 27.5 lb
Capacity Tandem; 500 lbs Single; 300 lbs Tandem; 400 lbs Single; 250 lbs Tandem; 400 lbs
Kayak Size (length x width) 10' 10" x 2' 10" 10' 3" x 2' 9" 12' 6" x 2' 8" 7' 6" x 2' 11" 11' 5" x 2' 11"
Packed Size (length x width x height) 41" x 21" x 14" 33" x 16" x 15" 26" x 19" x 19" 14" x 12" x 7" 28" x 18" x 12"
Included Accessories Repair kit, pump and paddles Repair kit Paddles, pump, repair kit, GoPro/phone mount, fishing rod holders, and pressure gauge Repair kit Repair patches, pump and paddles
Material/Construction 33 mil Polykrylar (K80 PVC), I-beam floor Aluminum ribs in bow & stern, PVC-coated polyester 3-ply PVC vinyl laminate with polyester core Polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester 30-gauge PVC vinyl, I-beam floor
Features Inflatable spray skirts, bow & stern grab lines, skegs, scupper hole Adjustable backrest, bungees, pressure relief valve in floor, skeg Adjustable backrest, drainage hole, foot braces, carry handles, fishing rod holders, phone/GoPro mount, skeg, tracking fin, converts to solo boat Rubber-molded handle, mesh carry bag doubles as onboard storage, accessory D-rings Bow & stern grablines, cargo net, skeg

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Sea Eagle 330 is a two-person inflatable tandem with a 500-pound capacity. It's made of 33 mil Polykrylar and comes with paddles, a pump, and a repair kit.

Performance Comparison


Get out and play on the water in the inexpensive Sea Eagle 330!
Get out and play on the water in the inexpensive Sea Eagle 330!
Photo: Kats Kitagawa

Handling


Made of a series of very large tubes, the Sea Eagle is tall and stays afloat very well — you won't be riding low in the water in this boat. The two included seats can be placed anywhere inside the vessel, allowing a lot of adjustability for different styles of paddling and various size paddlers. You can even put in just one seat if your paddle partner ditches you for the day. The Sea Eagle 330 also sports two small skegs on the bottom to help the boat track in a straight(er) line in the water. Additionally, it features a scupper hole to help water drain from the boat while you paddle, so you don't end up sitting in a bathtub-worth of water by the time you decide you've had enough.

Unfortunately, the Sea Eagle is almost TOO buoyant. This tandem model sits so high in the water that it becomes a bit unstable in waves and makes it very difficult to get back into if you fall out. This added height also catches the wind much more easily, which can make for an extra arm workout if you have to paddle against or across it.

At 10'10" long, the 330 is quite short for a tandem, which can make paddling with your partner challenging and feel a bit like fencing. While this boat isn't exceptionally narrow overall, the actual cockpit space is rather constricted — many of our larger testers found this to be a somewhat off-putting feature of this particular boat. Overall, we feel this boat is best suited to handling calm waters on calm days.

Riding high out of the water, the Sea Eagle easily catches the wind.
Riding high out of the water, the Sea Eagle easily catches the wind.
Photo: Jenna Ammerman

Comfort


Made entirely of tubes of air, the Sea Eagle is a squishy and reasonably comfortable boat to sit in. The seats can be placed anywhere within the vessel, which aids in finding your ideal position to spend a lazy afternoon meandering around the pond. The paddle grips are plastic, shaped adequately, and easy on the hands.

Depending on your height, you might find that the sides of the Sea Eagle are a bit high to paddle over top of for long periods of time. The whole boat rides quite high in the water, giving it a bit of a tippy feeling, particularly in rough waters or against gusty winds. Fairly small (both short AND narrow) for a tandem kayak, this model was not a favorite with our taller testers. And though we like the adjustability of the seat positions, the seats themselves are very unsupportive unless we jammed something (like the stern passenger's feet) up against the back of them. Otherwise, leaning back was like paddling a La-Z-Boy. A fine kayak to venture out in for a while, we didn't much enjoy spending a whole day trying to voyage long distances in this watercraft.

A short boat for two adults, the Sea Eagle doesn't leave much room...
A short boat for two adults, the Sea Eagle doesn't leave much room for long legs - or even average legs!
Photo: Kats Kitagawa

Ease of Set Up


While some things that require assembly frequently come with subpar directions, the ones that come with the Sea Eagle are like Goldilocks — just right. With helpful pictures, we had no difficulty getting this kayak seaworthy even on the first go around. An easy-to-use simple inflation gauge makes getting the right amount of pressure a cinch, and the included foot pump makes pretty short work of inflation. The paddles come in two pieces and snap together with ease.

Give your arms a rest from pumping with the handy foot pump included...
Give your arms a rest from pumping with the handy foot pump included as a part of the Sea Eagle 330 package.
Photo: Jenna Ammerman

When you've finished your fun, the whole thing drains and deflates in a matter of minutes. Made of a waterproof PVC, there's no need to leave your kayak to dry in the sun for hours after your outing — simply wipe down with a towel to remove debris and excess water, and you're ready to roll. Fitting this bad boy back into its storage bag is easy and leaves plenty of room to spare for the paddles and pump as well.

Our least favorite part of putting this kayak together is the sheer number of valves that require air. With three compartments to the actual kayak, plus two "spray skirts" on the ends and valves for each seat, the process is more than a bit time-consuming. Also, the seats themselves are cumbersome to inflate because the two tiny segments connecting the seat to its back are incredibly narrow, making them tough to squeeze enough air through. And you can expect to collect some beachside spectators as you work through inflating every single section because, while the foot pump is efficient, it's very noisy. Overall this boat isn't terribly difficult to set up, but it does take a good chunk of time to get it all done.

A handy inflation guide makes finding the right hull pressure a...
A handy inflation guide makes finding the right hull pressure a breeze.
Photo: Jenna Ammerman

Portability


Carting around the nearly 38 pounds (paddles and pump included) of the Sea Eagle 330 is never going to be your favorite part of kayaking. However, with the wide, padded shoulder strap on the carry bag, it's not as bad as it could be. With the extra room leftover in the bag, you might even be able to throw in your towel, water, and snack for the haul down to the beach. And if you decide you'd rather set up in the parking lot and buddy carry your yak to the shore, simply grab lines on the bow and stern.

Even if you decide to use lighter paddles and ditch the air pump for your overland Sea Eagle carry, you'll still be ambling along with over 28 pounds of boat. And though we love the convenience of stuffing the paddles and everything into the Sea Eagle's giant carrying case, it definitely makes the overall package an awkward and large shape to carry or stash in a car or closet.

Handy ropes on the bow and stern help when transporting the Sea...
Handy ropes on the bow and stern help when transporting the Sea Eagle after you've set it up.
Photo: Jenna Ammerman

Durability


With a feel that's just a bit more robust than your standard pool floaty, the Sea Eagle is constructed of 33 mil Polykrylar (K80 PVC) with welded seams and I-beam tubes running the length of the hull. Translated into what your fingers feel, this is basically a thick, plastic-y, canvas-like waterproof material. The storage bag is rather impressively constructed from hefty canvas with thick closure ropes and a wide carry strap. The Sea Eagle is also one of the few kayaks we tested that includes protection for the non-removable skegs. It comes with two inflatable rings that resemble a toddler's arm floaties and sit around the base of each skeg to prevent them from bending during storage.

We tested this boat with various dogs sitting in and on it, during beach landings, and floating over submerged plants and rocks, and it never popped or ripped, though we kept its included repair kit close at hand just in case. We feel that the durability of the Sea Eagle is pretty good for not having a protective fabric layer or being made of thick tarpaulin.

The Sea Eagle withstood our little dog test!
The Sea Eagle withstood our little dog test!
Photo: Jenna Ammerman

Value


Costing less than almost any other kayak in our review — single or tandem — the Sea Eagle represents a pretty great value for what you get. It's nothing fancy and isn't the most appealing kayak on the water, but it works and is less expensive than most other tandem kayaks on the market. It's not alone in this corner market of inexpensive inflatables, though, and there are others we tested that we like more without costing too much more.

This tandem kayak is no  small amount to lug around!
This tandem kayak is no small amount to lug around!
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


The Sea Eagle 33 is an inflatable tandem kayak with a single paddler option. Lacking the frills, artfulness, or comfort found in other kayaks, this no-nonsense watercraft is simply designed to get you out there when otherwise you wouldn't be. With a relatively low price tag and an acceptable level of durability, we think this uncomplicated craft is a decent fit for infrequent paddlers who don't want "infrequent" to mean "never."

Keep calm and paddle your Sea Eagle 330 on calm waters. You'll be...
Keep calm and paddle your Sea Eagle 330 on calm waters. You'll be glad you did.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg