Setting up the Sea Eagle Explorer Kayak (both the 380x and 420x models) is pathetically easy. Total inflation time will be, when using the manual bellows pump, about 15-20 minutes after you’ve done it a few times (allow more time the first time you do it).
So how do you set up the kayak? Well, this list about sums it up:
- Take kayak out of bag and roll out the kayak
- Partially pump up the two outside air chambers. Do not fully pump it up. You just partially put some air in the air chambers to make the next step a bit easier.
- Insert the floor inside the boat and roll it out fully
- Pump up the floor
- Pump up the two outside air chambers until you can’t put in any more air. When using the bellows pump, you can’t overinflate the boat. When using an electric pump, some care must be taken to not overinflate the boat.
- Pump up the seats and attach them to the D rings of the boat
- That’s it…expecting more?
- Below are some pictures I took of my boat (a pre-2012 model, thus it is a different color than the Explorer series kayaks sold today) during the setup process.
In 2012, Sea Eagle redesigned the 380x. But the setup procedure is basically the same. The newer kayaks are identified by blue hulls, while the older 380x kayaks have gray hulls.
On this page are setup instructions for both the new kayak as well as my older 380x. The new kayak is a video provided by Sea Eagle. My old kayak shows pictures I took several years ago when I set it up.
Newer Sea Eagle 380x Inflatable Kayak Instruction Video
Pictures of setting up the Pre-2012 Sea Eagle Explorer Inflatable Kayak
Pictures taken a few years ago while setting up for a multi-night on the Yellowstone River. My kayak dates from 2003. Despite her age, she’s still looking good and has yet to develop a leak.