Sea Eagle 473rl Inflatable Kayaks and Canoe Reviews
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The fabric is quality, so the boat holds up well I have had it for about 9 months now, i have used it alot. I purchased it pre-owned from SeaEagle direct. Since it is 15 feet it is a bit heavier than i expected, but i got the wheels for transport and its fine...The stitch fabric inflates fast and is very durable and offers confidence its is almost like a hard shell kayak, but inflatable, the bottom protection and the forward and aft designs are great. Since it is fast and lower to the water, it can be a bit less stable than a kayak with more freeboard. We love it..delivery time was good, the boxes came a bit damaged but the contents were still ok, delivery service was responsible..Customer service is great at Seaeagle..I have a utility trailer i transport it on or sometimes put it on a tow rack when i go away for a week or so and kayak several days...I have even put it in my sedans trunk. I would recommend for anyone who desires 2 man kayak that is fast..I would buy again as my wife and i love it...
Having owned and used the Sea Eagle 473rl for 6 months now, I feel I can write a fair and honest review, starting first with the pros. Fast delivery time. Superb customer service. Excellent engineering and build quality. The fact that my wife and I can kayak anywhere with any location accessible, due to this kayak's portability - is absolutely fantastic. Early on - we did have difficulty with installing and un-installing the footrests, and cleaning and folding up the kayak. However, after just a few times doing so, it all quickly becomes rather easy to do. First time out, kayak felt a little tippy, but we quickly settled into it, and found it to actually be quite stable. My only negative comment would be, after a couple hours paddling, I find the seat becomes rather uncomfortable. That can be resolved by adding a cushion or other padding onto the seat. With a 3 year warranty and 120 day money back guarantee trial period, I would highly recommend if you want to be able to take a kayak anywhere you want to.
Although we have 6 hard single-seat kayaks, we use our 473rl for long road trips where we stop for short periods of paddling. We can even fit it in the back of our Prius C along with luggage and our dog and cat. The kayak handles well but isn't exactly nimble on turns with the skeg installed. So far we have never been able to install the foot pegs. I just modified the front pare by drilling out the rear support and drilling a hole in the rod and securing them with a pin.
I'm sorry you had trouble with your foot pegs. For any questions regarding set up feel free to reach out to our customer service team and they would be happy to instruct you on setting up your kayak.
I can only give a 2 star review for this kayak because of INCREDIBLY unstable riding. Without a stabilizer, I'm unable to ride this kayak because it is super wobbly. I'm also not able to return it because it is past the return policy date. The motivation for purchasing this kayak was after watching a demonstration video on YouTube. After testing it personally, I have to say that it is a very unstable kayak for amateurs like myself and my wife to ride - I also recently watched another 473rl video and saw that experts also carefully evaluated the kayak as unstable. For others looking to purchase, I suggest you look at the "465ft FastTrack Inflatable Kayak" which seems like a safer option than the 473rl. I wish I could exchange. I have already spent $2,325.65 CAD(included tax, shipping ) for USED ONE. I'm so disappointed.
We are sorry this kayak did not work out for you. We offer an industry leading 120 day return period so customers can use the kayak and return it if they are unhappy with the purchase. Also we do state on our site the " the RazorLite™ kayaks are best recommended for intermediate and above paddlers." The FastTrack is also a great option for someone looking for a fast kayak with added stability.