I bought this back in '11 shortly after doing some research here and elsewhere. I used it only a few times over the past 10 years. It has been mostly in the bag these past 6 years, so figured it’s time to get it out.
Upon inflation, I was most dismayed to see that it had a pinhole in the left tube. Why would this happen when it hasn’t even been used? I know it wasn’t leaking the last time it was out on the water. I was really bummed and sent a letter to sea eagle expressing my disappointment. Also wrote a review on amazon mentioning the leak.
I put on a patch but have yet to re-inflate the boat to see how it holds up. Either way, the presence of a leak - after sea eagle refers to how strong their material is, and given that the boat was nowhere near any sharp objects nor has hardly ever been used - has caused me to completely lose confidence in it. I suspect that everytime I’m out on the water going forward I’ll always be worried that another leak will occur or else the patch won’t hold. It ruined the whole experience for me and I’m thinking I’ll probably just sell it for whatever I can get.
I will say this…being that the 330 has non-detachable skegs, I always worry about how they wind up getting folded in against the rest of the boat, and so wonder if maybe the pointy end of a skeg (although not sharp) maybe was against the boat and after years of being in the same position, could it have weakened the material enough to create the hole once air pressure was put in? Possible I guess but surely doesn’t speak to the purported strength of the hull.
Has anyone else experienced leaks for no apparent reason? I ask this since some reviewers on amazon refer to the same issue.
One other unrelated issue - which has to do with the size of the 330. Even for one person, I find it to be much narrower than I would have hoped for. It’s a bit tippy and not as stable as I would have expected either. I keep the seat at a low inflation since otherwise if it’s too firm I find the higher center of gravity to make the boat feel even more unsteady.
My brother has an Intex Explorer K2 and says it has plenty of room for two. What’s weird, though, is that the specs on the 330 indicate it being longer and wider than the K2. Doesn’t make much sense. I’m considering replacing the 330 with the K2, so any thoughts on that appreciated also. I’ll probably start another thread or just do some research here on the Intex.
Thanks for any thoughts…