Sea Eagle TC16 Inflatable Kayaks and Canoe Reviews
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We took our boat out for its first time on the water early in October, on a 3-day trip down the Kootenay River in British Columbia. The boat performed admirably. It carried our load of camping gear and supplies, paddled well on the flats and in the rapids, and ran Class III drops with no fuss. It handled the river at least as well as our friends’ conventional canoes, and was generally drier at the foot of the rapids. I was skeptical of the inflatable seats at first, but they proved to be both quite comfortable and very functional on the flats and when maneuvering in rapids. I was also concerned that it would be awkward and time-consuming to try to fold back up, but it went quickly and exactly as the directions describe. It was a nice bonus driving home in the windy conditions on the Trans-Canada Highway without a canoe on the roof catching gusts. We found the TC16 performed every bit as claimed. It's a solid wilderness tripping boat.
I have considered myself a "canoe guy" since 1988, having owned and paddled many fine canoes. When I retired and became a full time RVer, my canoe lived on top of my camper van. It did a lot of suffering there: U.V. sun damage, reduced gas mileage, strain of loading/unloading. When I learned of the Sea Eagle TC16 it sounded to good to be true. Since getting it last February, I have put it to the test, paddling numerous rivers and lakes in eight different states. I have paddled it solo, tandem, and with a grandchild to make three. I have overnight camped out of it, both solo and with a partner for multi nights. It is quiet to paddle, no more banging of the gunnels with the paddles. We have been thrilled running level 3 rapids and surviving a surprise wind event while paddling the Flaming Gorge (Glad I had the skeg on.). We have purposely capsized it and practiced self rescue and it performed magnificently. We can have it unpacked and inflated in less then 15 minutes. We highly recommend it.show full review ▼
I have become your best salesman. I take my canoe out at Rock Cut State Park. Many people come and ask me about the canoe and are very impressed. I tell how to get to your website etc.. I am thinking of getting a Razor Lite kayak next. The canoe is great to take more than one person out on the lake, However, I think I would like the Razor Lite when I am by myself which is most of the time as I am out of on the lake usually in the early morning.show full review ▼
Fantastic boat! We've had the TC16 for over 2 years now, and I can't say enough good things about it. It's light, stable, fast for an inflatable, carries my family of 4 without any problems, and is constructed very well. It's also really good in class I-III whitewater, especially solo. I love the structure created by the drop-stitch construction, especially since it allowed Sea Eagle to create a nearly plastic boat-like stiffness with only 3 chambers and no thwarts. The only 2 downsides that I've experienced are that it's not self-bailing (which is probably asking too much for a canoe), and putting the inflatable seats into the boat is a bit janky. I'd love to see a more robust mounting system for the seats, but other than that there's nothing I'd change about the boat. Finally, Sea Eagle's customer service is fantastic! The TC16 will be with my family for a very long time!