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The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler is an impressive inflatable fishing kayak that is loaded with features that serious anglers will love. Measuring 12’5″ x 36″ and weighing in at 44 pounds, the 385fta has a maximum weight capacity of 635 pounds and can be configured either as a solo or tandem kayak.
Sea Eagle has been making some of the best inflatable boats and kayaks in the world since 1968, and the 385fta is currently the only model in their lineup that is specifically built for kayak angling. While some of their regular models do have optional fishing configurations, the 385fta is the only one (at the time of this review) designed solely for angling.
The 385fta is an exciting addition to the already impressive Sea Eagle kayak line, and it’s packed with great features that fishing enthusiasts have been asking for. In this Sea Eagle 385fta review, we’ll cover the pros and cons of this inflatable fishing kayak, the top features, specs, optional configurations and more.
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Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack Review: Kayak Overview
The hunter green 385fta is a super tough kayak that performs really well in the water due to the bow’s tapered profile and stiff NeedleKnife Keel design. This fast-paddling kayak tracks well and offers good stability which is obviously important when it comes to fishing.
The 385ft features a separate inner floor that’s made of drop stitch construction which improves overall rigidity. You can perform standing casts with no problem, and the non-slip crocodile hide-pattern EVA foam padding that lines the floor provides excellent traction.
The Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack kayak is made from a durable 1100 Decitex reinforced material. The seams are quadruple overlapped and electronically welded for additional strength, and the 1000 denier hull material is 29% thicker and built to handle extreme sun and saltwater exposure.
Sea Eagle added spray skirts to the front and rear of the 385fta. Built-in to the spray skirts are holders for fishing hooks, lures, rods, and other tools. There is also built-in storage underneath and a bungee cord storage area up top for storing additional accessories.
If you have additional gear that you need to secure, the stainless steel D-rings located along the top of the pontoons are convenient tie-down points.
Located on the starboard pontoon is a handy fish measurement ruler, which is a really handy feature. The floor and pontoons are covered with nice EVA foam protective padding which provides excellent traction and additional protection from punctures. This extra layer of coverage is important to have anytime you’re dealing with sharp fishing hooks and tools.
There are convenient grab handles located at the front and rear of the kayak, as well as 2 additional carrying handles located on the inner side of the pontoons at the center of the kayak. The carry handles make it very easy to carry the 385fta to and from the water whenever it’s fully inflated, and the grab handles are great for pulling the kayak in and out of the water.
The 385fta has a 4 chamber design (port, starboard, floor, and keel), and total inflation time is about 7 or 8 minutes.
Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack Angler Rating
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The basic configuration of this model is the Sea Eagle 385fta Deluxe Solo Angler package. This setup comes with a deluxe inflatable kayak seat, 7’10” AB30 paddle, dual action pump, A41 foot pump, carrying bag, and an inflatable kayak repair kit.
Sea Eagle also includes 3 years of warranty coverage and an outstanding 180-day money back guarantee.
In addition to the entry-level Deluxe Solo Angler configuration, Sea Eagle also offers the following upgraded packages:
- The Sea Eagle 385fta Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Package – This configuration comes with Sea Eagle’s green swivel seat fish rig, a dual action pump, a carrying bag, a 7’10” AB30 paddle, and a repair kit.
- The Sea Eagle 385fta Pro Angler Package – The Pro Angler setup comes in a tandem kayak configuration with two tall back seats, two 8′ AB40 paddles, carrying bag, repair kit, and dual-action pump.
- The Sea Eagle 385fta Pro Motor Fishing Rig Package – This top-of-the-line configuration comes with a motor mount, the Watersnake Asp T24 electric motor, swivel seat fish rig, carrying bag, dual-action pump, 7’10” AB30 paddle, and repair kit.
Overall, we really like the 385fta and think that it’s a great addition to Sea Eagle’s popular line of high-quality inflatable kayaks. This model fills a gap in the company’s lineup and caters to the growing number of kayak anglers.
The 385fta’s build construction and features are top-notch, and there are some really neat package configurations to choose from.
Of course, we also love the fact that Sea Eagle stands behind all of their gear with a 3-year warranty and 180-day money back guarantee. Between the generous warranty coverage and Sea Eagle’s long history of making great inflatables, it’s not hard to see why their line of kayaks is so popular.
As far as downsides go, while the 385fta FastTrack Angler is portable and easy to transport, it is heavier than other models. Also, if you’re looking for a super versatile kayak that can even handle serious whitewater conditions, this model isn’t your best bet.
At the end of the day, if you’re an angler who is looking for a serious inflatable fishing rig that’s built to last and comes loaded with great features, the 385fta will not disappoint.