I don't have direct experience with Sea Eagle, but I think I may have seen it in a catalog. If I'm remembering correctly, I have something similar.
It is a Sevylor "Super Caravel" or something like that that I bought for $69 at West Marine several years ago. Many people call them a "pool toy", but I would at least say a rather high quality pool toy. Regular pool toys are a thinner material and don't have multiple air chambers. They also come in prettier colors.
The only propulsion
is rowing. It doesn't row all that well, but you can get around if there is not much in the way of wind/current.
You can buy an engine
mount, and then a trolling motor
, and then a battery
, but by then the price is mounting to the point where a more conventional inflatable would make sense. Why spend $99 (engine mount) + $250 (trolling motor) + $100 (battery) = $450 to put a weak engine
on a $69 boat?
I still keep the Sevylor as a spare. The advantages are that it is cheap
, small, and light. I keep it in a cardboard box that once held an 8D battery
, which I can lift
with one hand easily. My regular dinghy
(Tinker 12') can only be stored on deck
even when deflated because it is so large, and it weighs over 70 lbs. I could never keep a second one stashed away somewhere.
It has limited capability, but it can serve some purposes. e.g. It can get me from a mooring
to a dinghy dock
. I used it most recently in June, when my Tinker was in the shop for repair. I wanted to row around a cove and look at wildlife. (Saw a water
snake trying to eat a fish
- very cool.) It's fine for that sort of application.