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Sea Eagle 473rl Inflatable Kayak

Sea Eagle 473rl Inflatable Kayak

Description

The Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl Inflatable Drop Stitch Kayak is an impressive piece of equipment. With its exterior dimensions of 15'6' x 30' and interior dimensions of 14'10' x 21', it offers plenty of room for two people. When deflated, it conveniently measures 37' x 23' x 10'. The kayak itself weighs 45 lbs., making it easy to transport. It has a maximum capacity of 750 lbs., ensuring that you can bring all your gear along on your adventures.

Constructed from Drop Stitch 1000 Denier Reinforced material, this kayak is built to withstand the rigors of your outdoor excursions. Its seams are overlapped, adding an extra layer of strength. The kayak features three recessed one-way air valves and an adjustable Flexbrace, allowing for efficient inflation in just 8 minutes. The recommended PSI for this kayak is 10, ensuring optimal performance on the water.

Now, let's address some commonly asked questions about the Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl.

Q: Can this be used on types I to III rapids? We are beginners.
A: They recommend using this kayak on flat lakes rather than rivers. Although it is possible to navigate rivers with this kayak, its high pressure and rigid structure make it relatively unstable. For beginners, it may not provide the stability they require. It's worth noting that experienced kayakers have successfully used the 473rl on Class 1 to 2 rapids, but caution is advised. If your main focus is lake paddling, this kayak is a great choice, but be aware of its limitations on rivers.

Q: Will the seats and foot braces move so the kayak can be paddled by one person? A: Yes, the Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl has several attachment points for the seats, allowing for solo paddling. This kayak is versatile and can be adjusted to suit your needs, whether you're paddling alone or with a furry friend.

Q: Can I set this up for a single kayaker? It seems the footrests can't be moved. A: While the footrests are not removable, the kayak can still be used by a single kayaker. The adjustable Flexbrace ensures a comfortable paddling experience for one person. If you prefer a kayak specifically designed for solo use, we recommend considering the Sea Eagle 393RL RazorLite Kayak (AMAZON ASIN: B00PUZLWCA).

Q: How does the 473rl compare to the 385ft in terms of speed? Which is easier to control without tracking fins? I'll primarily be paddling on a narrow river with a mild current and sharp turns.
A: The 473rl is known for its impressive speed. As for control, while most users prefer using the skeg, it is still manageable without it. Ultimately, personal preference and experience will play a role in determining which kayak is better suited for your needs.

Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this be used on type i to type iii rapids? we are beginners

They recommend flat lakes and not rivers for this kayak. I’ve done both and because this kayak is high pressure making it very rigid, it is pretty unstable. The sides are low and it doesn’t take much to tip especially for beginners. This thing is built for speed and not stability. I have taken the tandem down the Salt River in Arizona. Class 1 to 2 mostly and have never tipped but I’ve come close. I’m not a novice and have quit a bit of experience with this particular river at least. If you want to use it mainly for lakes it’s great but beware it’s not very stable for rivers.

Will the seats and foot braces move so the kayak be paddled by one person.?

It has several places to hook your seat. I go one person and a dog always

Can I set this up for a single kayaker? It seems the foot rests can't be moved?

Thank you for your interest in our 473RL Razorlite Kayak. While our FlexBrace is adjustable, it is not removable. The 473 is designed for use with two people. We recommend our 393RL RazorLite Kayak which is designed for one person (AMAZON ASIN: B00PUZLWCA).

473rl vs 385ft, how much faster? which is easier to control w/o tracking fins? primarily on narrow river (mild current+sharp turns)

I have the RL. It's very easy to control. I prefer the skeg but it is possible without it.