Sea Eagle TC16 Inflatable Kayaks and Canoe Reviews
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I love the boat and its performance and could not wish for a better inflatable canoe. The safety aspect of it (being virtually unsinkable) is priceless.
The boat feels and is stable, the seats are comfortable (i regrettably did not order the third seat but promptly made one to be able to seat at the centre of the boat when solo paddling). The boat is surprisingly manoeuvrable for an inflatable. It is a breeze to inflate with the electric pump and to get it on the water. To fold it up for the packing in the provided bag it is helpful to extract as much air as possible with the provided electric pump. I keep the boat in a plastic chest in my garage.
Already sent in some good photos with my dog at the bow enjoying the canoe. My ONLY observation about the canoe is the difficulty in folding. Firstly the online video is for a different configuration that what I received, and the instructions have a little tell-tale clue about how to fold the canoe, but the QR code on the same instructions take you to the old configuration video (on your website). It took me 2 hours to figure out with a lot of swearing as I couldn’t mimic the video, until I spotted the different in the instructions. That said, now I am aware, I would appreciate some advice, as I fear, when folding, if a fold-kink occurs in the side wall when folding (i.e. not perfectly kink free) will that damage the drop stitches or the wall itself if left packed with any fold kinks. Folding kink free takes about 10 times longer than without kinks. Your video (for the other configuration) makes it look sooooo easy to fold without any kinks. Perhaps the canoe becomes easier to fold after several uses?
I purchased this boat to get out on the water with the family, and it accommodates us perfectly. Inflating the boat and attaching the seats is pretty quick, even with the manual pump...but the included electric pump really makes quick work of it. Once the boat is inflated to pressure and has the 3 seats in place it is really rigid and was rather stable. Like any canoe it gets pushed around by the wind a bit, but it dealt with white caps from long shore windows without issue. We really have enjoyed exploring local waterways that wouldn't be possible for all 3 of us. It took some time to figure out how to fold it up, but after a few times it gets easier. It is quite heavy though. The included paddles are great, however picked up a 260cm Bending Branches kayak paddle and it was a game changer, no more fighting with the other occupants over their inconsistent paddling. I can maneuver the boat pretty well by myself with the kayak paddle, and then grab the canoe paddle if I really want to dig in.
My wife and I are in our 60's. We haul two Hobie Mirage Drive kayaks on the top of our 3/4 ton heavy duty pickup truck. We needed something that we could take our dog and/or grand children with us. The TC16 is large enough for that. We bought the Wood/Web seats electric pump for three package. My review is similar to others and I feel it is very important buyers understand what they are going to get. Pros - Well made! Easy to paddle and easily cuts through waves. Relatively fast. Lots of room. Easy to assemble and take down/fold up. Just follow the directions!show full review ▼