The Sea Eagle 14′ Sport Runabout is an extremely versatile, lightweight inflatable boat that is capable of carrying heavier loads at high speeds. This is an easy to set up boat, that comes with two flooring options: a high-pressure inflatable drop stitch floor, and a molded plastic floorboard configuration.
The inflatable drop stitch floor makes this boat very lightweight. If you’re in need of more speed, the solid floorboards option will give you additional stability and allow the boat to handle a larger engine.
The 14sr is easy to set up, and once you’re done with it, the hull and floor packs away very easily (especially if you have the drop stitch inflatable floor).
The popular Sea Eagle Sport Runabout line has been around since 1997. These boats have been used in the by law enforcement and fire departments worldwide, and are built to withstand harsh conditions.
Sea Eagle inflatable boats have a well-established reputation for safety and quality. The company was started back in 1968 by the Hoge family, and is still owned and operated by them. Sea Eagle is passionate about inflatable watercraft, and this passion really shines through in the boats that they make.
In this Sea Eagle 14sr review, we’ll take a look at this boat’s pros and cons, best features, specs, optional configurations, warranty coverage, and more.
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Sea Eagle 14sr Review: Boat Overview
The Sea Eagle 14sr Sport Runabout strikes a wonderful balance between size, convenience, and power. This inflatable boat is a great choice for anyone who is looking for something that is:
- Easy to set up/transport/store
- Extremely durable
The ability to reach higher top speeds combined with the improved steering from the inflatable external keel makes the 14sr a lot of fun for running around, and highly functional as a fishing boat or yacht tender.
In addition, the rugged durability, high load capacity, and speed makes the 14sr perfect for demanding law enforcement, fire, and rescue applications.
The Sea Eagle 14 sr is also an extremely stable boat, which means it can handle challenging open sea conditions without missing a beat. The external keel gives the boat the type of precision steering that is needed for high-traffic areas like busy harbors.
The 14sr is also light, and its smooth, rounded design improves buoyancy and delivers a comfortable ride. Fuel economy is also quite good.
Add to that the 14sr’s small packing size when deflated, and you have a boat that is perfect for almost anyone who needs something light and easy to store without sacrificing speed and power.
Sea Eagle’s 14sr boasts a rounded bow design and spacious dimensions, aiding in stability, fuel economy, buoyancy, and loading space. Inflated, the boat measures 168″ x 72″, with interior dimensions of 115″ x 35″, which provides enough space to carry up to 7 people or 2000 pounds of cargo comfortably.
The 14sr’s tubes inflate to 19″ in diameter, further bolstering the boat’s excellent stability rating without sacrificing lightness. Additionally, the entire boat is made of reinforced 1100 Decitex for toughness, with the tubes’ seams bonded using double seams and a combination of 98% high frequency welding and a high-strength glue finish. This alone makes for one tough boat, but Sea Eagle also added an additional layer along the bottom to make the 14sr extra scratch- and puncture resistant.
The Sea Eagle 14sr is also an extremely safe inflatable boat. In the unlikely event of a puncture, the 14sr will keep floating thanks to its separate air chambers. Counting the inflatable drop stitch floor, there are a total of 5 air chambers to ensure the boat remains buoyant. The others are: the port chamber, the starboard chamber, the bow chamber, and the patented 4″ inflatable external keel.
Unlike internal inflatable keels, the 14sr’s keel design allows the boat to cut through the water instead of being pushed around by waves and wind. It also helps the 14sr plane, which means you’ll be going over choppy waters instead of through waves. Overall, the keel gives the 14sr more control, allowing it to track straight and complete tight turns with precision.
Further stability and strength come from the Sea Eagle 14sr’s floors. With the high-pressure inflatable drop stitch floor, you have an inflatable boat that can handle deep sea conditions and embarking/disembarking with ease.
If you want a boat that’s even more rigid and stable, the molded polyethylene floorboard option will give that to you.
Both floors and the hull are designed to take up very little space when packed up. Using the inflatable floor means you can pack away your 14sr with dimensions as small as 46″ x 26″ x 14″. The plastic floorboards only take up 40″ x 31″ x 5″ which is astonishingly small for a boat this large.
Inflating the 14sr and setting it up with the inflatable floor is a cinch, taking only about 25 minutes. Putting in the polyethylene floorboards will only take you about 10 minutes longer. This makes the 14sr super convenient, as you’ll be able to get it in the water quickly and won’t even need a trailer.
But the 14sr isn’t only light, easy to set up, and tough — it’s also fast. With the inflatable floor, the 14sr can handle up to a 25HP gas engine, allowing it to reach speeds of 20 mph carrying two adults or 15 mph carrying with four passengers. Choosing the polyethylene floorboards means the 14 sr can handle a 40HP gas engine and race up to speeds of 30 mph with two adults on board or 25 mph with four. The 14sr works fine with long shaft engines no longer than 20″ and weighing no more than 174 pounds.
The boat also features a 5/8″ grab line along the sides for extra safety, rubbing strakes along the keel and sides for extra durability, splash guards on the transom, built in oarlocks for rowing, easy towing thanks to two stainless steel D-Rings, four carry handles and one lifting handle at the front, and auto-bailing drain valves.
Sea Eagle 14sr Rating
|Weight||104 pounds - 170 pounds|
|Max Weight Capacity||2000 pounds|
|Passenger Capacity||7 person|
The entry-level configuration of this model is the Sea Eagle 14sr Drop Stitch Deluxe package. This configuration includes the following:
- Collapsible oar set
- 6″ inflatable drop stitch floor
- Bow storage bag
- Large boat carrying bag
- Aluminum bench seat
- A41 foot pump
- Auto dual action pump
- Inflatable boat repair kit
All Sea Eagle inflatable boats are backed by the best inflatable boat warranty available today — 3 years on manufacturer defects, and a 180 day risk-free trial period. Sea Eagle is a company that is serious about standing behind their gear, and their generous warranty period is evidence of that.
Additional 14sr Packages
Do the Sea Eagle 14sr’s plastic floors perform as well as aluminum or marine plywood?
The short answer is yes. The 14sr’s floorboards are made of a very durable molded polyethylene. They can withstand damage caused by chemicals, salt water, and intense sunlight. All in all, the floor is pretty much indestructible, and it weighs a fraction of other more traditional floors.
Can I bring my dog in the boat?
The Sea Eagle 14′ Sport Runabout is a durable, versatile and easy-to-use boat, perfect for a wide variety of boating enthusiasts.
The 14sr is a bit big for my needs — any other recommendations?
The 14sr is the largest boat in Sea Eagle’s Sport Runabout series. If you like what the 14sr has to offer but simply need something a bit smaller, check out the smaller Sea Eagle 10.6sr and 12.6sr.
The Sea Eagle 14′ Sport Runabout is a durable, versatile, and easy to use boat, perfect for a wide variety of boat enthusiasts.
Its small packing size makes the 14sr a wonderful option for people in need of something that they can toss into the back of their car, or that they can stow in their RV or yacht below deck.
Fishermen will appreciate the stability that comes from the 14sr’s size and width. Yachtsmen will love this boat for its ability to carry large loads from their yachts to congested harbors and back. Skin-divers will enjoy the boat for its ability to take them everywhere they need to go.
Overall, the ease of use, high load capacity, overall comfort, durability, top speeds, and portability make the Sea Eagle 14sr an inflatable boat that is perfect for just about anyone.