Hi, Everyone. Great forum. I have a canoe, but have decided to give kayaking a try. I have narrowed my choice down to the Sea Eagle 385ft. I’ll be using it mostly on lakes and calm rivers, maybe class I or II rivers depending on how comfortable I feel paddling it. I will be paddling alone or with a friend (in the same boat).
The difficulty I am having is in choosing the deluxe package or the pro package ($200 more). Here are the advantages/disadvantages of each package as I see them now:
Deluxe package advantages:
- Costs less
- Seats sit higher so less chance of sitting in water
Deluxe package disadvantages:
- Seats require inflation
- Less expensive (inferior?) paddles and no stern bags
Pro package advantages:
- Better paddles (?) and stern bags
- Seats do not require inflation (better back support?)
Pro package disadvantages:
- More expensive
- More likely to sit in water if water gets in the boat
I don’t really need the stern bags so my choice comes down to the paddles and seats. Is the pro package enough of an improvement to justify a $200 increase in cost? Are the pro package, tall back seats more comfortable than the deluxe inflatable seats?
What about the paddles? I know nothing about kayak paddles. The pro package has 8’ AB40 paddles and the deluxe package has 7’10 AB30’s. Not much of a length difference, but is there a weight difference or other aspects that make the AB40 a better paddle?
Thanks in advance for you opinion.