Over the past couple of years, inflatable SUP and inflatable kayaks have grown in popularity among water sports enthusiasts. They are no longer the pool toys that people used to associate them with. Inflatable kayaks are giving hard shell kayaks serious competition as people begin to take them seriously.
Among the numerous options available, the Sea Eagle 330 and 370 are some of the best in their price ranges. If you are looking for either a solo or a tandem inflatable kayak, then they are probably one of the popular choices.
However, the two share some similarities hence making it harder for you to choose between either. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to stability, durability, performance and the pricing. To put things into perspective, I have prepared this Sea Eagle 330 vs 370 comparison to help those of you still on the fence regarding which one to buy.
First up is the Sea Eagle SE 330 which is a lightweight, portable inflatable kayak. It is a fun kayak for both beginner and experienced paddlers alike who like to hit the waters on occasions. It is designed to carry two people on board and a further option for a furry friend can tag along.
The 330 pro kayak features two comfortable 5-inch-high seating deluxe seats for your comfort. These seats can be moved about inside the kayak as you prefer. Included in the package are two paddles, a foot pump, and a carry bag for transportation.
Also included is an open and close drain valve alongside five deluxe one-way deflation and inflation valves. These are great for ensuring you don’t experience accidental air leaks. In order to better track your speeds and direction, there are two rear skegs fitted onto the bottom for that.
The material used to construct the hull is resistant to both the sun and saltwater. Other great features are lashed-down inflatable spray skirts, a bow, and stern grab line.
- Fast to assemble
- Can be inflated in a short while
- Solid construction
- Stable on water
- A drain valve provided
- Narrow construction
- Only fits two
- Inflatable seats not supportive
On its part, the SE370 is a 3-person inflatable kayak suitable for Class III whitewater paddling. Inside the Kayak are two movable and inflatable Deluxe seats just like in the 330. You can move the seats about depending on whether you intend to solo or tandem paddle in the kayak.
In terms of features, it shares pretty most of them with the 330, except for the sizing, capacity and the maximum load it can sustain. It has two AB30 paddles, a foot pump, and a carrying bag with a shoulder strap. When deflated, you can easily carry it yourself as it is quite lightweight.
Five one-way deflation and inflation valves, as well as an open and close drain valve are also present. The same skeg on the 330 is fitted on the 370 too for tracking and speed. In addition, the material is sturdy enough for a dog to ride along with you.
- Increased load capacity
- Carries up to 3 people
- Saltwater resistant material
- Increased leg room
- Stable whether solo or tandem paddling
- Takes a little longer to inflate
- Can be easily blown by strong winds
The main difference between the Sea Eagle 330 vs 370 is their sizes. At first sight, you would immediately notice that the 330 is the smaller kayak with a 2-person capacity. It measures 11 feet and 2 inches in total length, with a 34 inches width.
It has a maximum load capacity of 500 pounds. On the other hand, the 370 measures 12 feet, 5 inches in length and is, therefore, considerably longer than the 330. They have the same width though of 34 inches. Load capacity is increased to 650 pounds.
Since it is shorter, the 330 is the easiest to maneuver as it has a shorter hull. You can make quick turns in the water. This does not mean that the 370 longer length doesn’t benefit you. The length makes it easier to track. Zigzagging is reduced in the water, unlike in the 330.
This is another aspect where the two differ obviously. Because of the difference in sizes, they are bound to weigh differently when inflated. The 330 is the lightest of the two since it is the smallest.
Although the weight is stated as 26 pounds, adding the bag and seats increases it a little bit. I have seen somewhere where it was indicated as 47 pounds, which could be accurate. On the other side, the 370 weight is indicated as 32 pounds but could rise to 55 pounds including accessories, only slightly heavier than a boat cover.
Material of Construction
This is another department where both of these inflatable Kayaks are similar, although there is a slight difference. In the construction of Sea Eagle 330 vs 370, Sea Eagles use PolyKrylar on both of them. It’s a lightweight, salty water resistant yet durable material.
The difference comes in the thickness of the material used. On the 330 is a 33 millimeters material, while the 370 has a slightly thicker 38 millimeters material. Both of these materials can withstand the clawing of a pet on board. However, the 370 does have a slight edge over the 330.
Both of them feature the 5 tube I-beam flooring. The tubes are 9” in diameter. It enables both kayaks to sit higher on water by shifting the weight of the kayak onto the floor and not the sides. As a result, they pick speed faster, are easier to paddle over a long distance, and have a smooth speed transition.
The Sea Eagle SE330 is the cheaper option of the two. It’s a great price for a decently sized inflatable kayak that you can maneuver with ease on water. The total load too is great.
Sea Eagle SE370 costs slightly more. At that price, you get more room on board, increased load capacity, and faster speeds.
Time to Set Up
Both of these Kayaks are easy to set up. In fact, it is a one-person job, although setting up times differ slightly. The 330 is the fastest to set up since it is relatively smaller. It has an inflation and assembly time of 6 minutes.
Nonetheless, it took me quite long for the first time, but I improved my speed with time. The 370 has an average inflation and assembly time of about 8 minutes, 2 minutes longer than the 330. Again, for first timers, it might take you longer.
With almost most of the features being the same, perhaps you are wondering why the price difference and which one do you buy? The main difference and justification for this is, of course, the sizing and the space available.
If you prefer to solo paddle and carry a light gear, then the 330 is the best option for you. Of course, it allows for an additional passenger, and you can even tandem paddle on it. Therefore, if your gear doesn’t exceed 500 pounds, then the 330 is the one for you.
The 370 is suitable for carrying extra 150 pounds of load, and an extra capacity for a third passenger. While having 3 people it’s a little crowded, but you will manage just fine. It is a nice perk for a family of three.
But if you are a beginner, then the 330 is the better option. Its shorter stern makes it easier to maneuver while making sharper turns. The 370 is suitable for more experienced paddlers as it picks up speed faster.
Perhaps a drawback on both kayaks is their low weight. I wouldn’t take either of them out on a windy or choppy day. The probability of being blown is very high.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the warranty Length for both Kayaks?
Both Kayaks carry a warranty of three years. It may not be much but it’s great for their durability and performance.
- Can you fix if it breaks a hole?
Yes, you can easily fix a hole by patching it up. The two come with a patching kit that you can use.
- What is included in the Package?
Both packages include 2 paddles, 2 movable & inflatable seats, a carry bag, 2 skegs, a patch kit, and a foot pump.
- Can you bring along a dog? What happens to the claws?
You can bring along a dog in either of these kayaks. The PolyKrylar construction is thick enough to handle the claws of a dog. It’s a sturdy enough material to prevent claw popping them.