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agesilaus

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Any thoughts on these? Thinking about a two man version. We could occasionally use some sort of boat but don't want to haul a full size one around. Nothing too energetic paddling around lakes and such. We have a fold-boat at home but it's just too much trouble to haul around with the motor and fuel. Need to sell it actually.


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agesilaus wrote:

Any thoughts on these? Thinking about a two man version. We could occasionally use some sort of boat but don't want to haul a full size one around. Nothing too energetic paddling around lakes and such. We have a fold-boat at home but it's just too much trouble to haul around with the motor and fuel. Need to sell it actually.


I'll let you know my thoughts after Memorial Day... My wife was just on Facebook Market Place yesterday and found 2, almost new - 2 person inflatable Kayaks for sale closet us.

We went to look at them and they sure looked NEW.... no stains, no discoloration, no nothing... So, we picked them both up for a total of $200.00...

We will try them out in 2 weeks


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Take a look at packrafts.
Amazing little boats that roll up the size of backpacking tent and weight almost nothing. Not cheap though.

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I had an Aquaglide brand kayak for about a year. I sold it because it was only 9' long and therefore didn't track well. But it felt durable and stable.

In general I'd say any of the better brands should give you good service for several years. Sea Eagles are popular and they have a budget model as well as a bunch of nicer drop-stitch, high pressure models that will not flex as much, will track better, and will flex less than the budget one.

Currently I'm using an inflatable stand-up paddleboard, Vilano Navigator, with a Sea Eagle inflatable seat, mostly with a Bending Branches Loon canoe paddle. It's slow but tracks well and I can stand and paddle with the longer SUP paddle when I get stiff and tired of sitting. I don't go far, it's just a way to get onto the lake and exercise for a while.

If you have the money and you like the idea of using your legs some of the time, Hobie makes an inflatable tandem kayak with their footpedal Mirage drive. They are plenty fun.


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I got one, fun for just trolling around. I have had it in lakes, the hudson, the ocean, bay and everything in between. Not many rapids. Though it dis hit some along the way. Make sure you get one with the upgraded seats. Mine are not good. I got it like 14 or 16 years ago at costco and its still going strong. I got the cheaper one from intex last year to have a companion boat, big mistake. Its not good, or fun. The good one is a sea eagle. If you are 2 bigger type people get the 3 person one. Ill see if i can find the website. Its not like a kayak, but like a cross of kayak and canoe. It dosent track as well as a hard sided anything. But, fot just getting out there its real good for the $$$$


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https://www.seaeagle.com/
I have the 330, get the 370 and better seats. They only made the 330 way back then.

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I have 2 of the Intex 2 man inflatable Kayaks. They work good for what they are. I’ve used them in the Tetons on Jackson Lake and down in the Gulf in Navarre FL. They are heavy and bulky, so when packing and storing them they take some work to move. Now that we have the MH and I tow our Explorer I’m thinking about getting a decent hard surface Kayak and putting them on the roof of the Explorer.


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We have 2 of them, one 2 man sea eagle and one single Intek. As others stated they are good for what they are. Decent quality and pretty tough material. If you aren't a serious Kayaker and just want to get out on the water, they are fine. The obvious advantage to inflatable kayaks and Rv'ing is storing and transporting them. You have to be pretty creative to bring your standard stiff kayak in an RV. Inflatables are more stable than a rigid kayak so getting in and out of them is easier. They don't track as well but it's not horrible. I plan on picking up a propeller drill attachment. It's cheating but hey, I am no Olympic Kayaker.


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Check out Haven TT, a foldable kayak, but expensive.


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way2roll wrote:

We have 2 of them, one 2 man sea eagle and one single Intek. As others stated they are good for what they are. Decent quality and pretty tough material. If you aren't a serious Kayaker and just want to get out on the water, they are fine. The obvious advantage to inflatable kayaks and Rv'ing is storing and transporting them. You have to be pretty creative to bring your standard stiff kayak in an RV. Inflatables are more stable than a rigid kayak so getting in and out of them is easier. They don't track as well but it's not horrible. I plan on picking up a propeller drill attachment. It's cheating but hey, I am no Olympic Kayaker.


Got a battery run propeller on my Coleman/Sevylor two-man inflatable kayak and people will kid me as "cheater."

It's convenient as @way2roll described.

Downside, it's sensitive to high winds and bad luck if it's head or side-wind to where you are going.

And most convenient when I bought a foldable big tired wagon to haul it, the paddles and the battery. I have to buy stadium seat for it too and the seat won't hold up unless you want to lie down flat.[emoticon]

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