The Sea Eagle 9 is a durable, stable, and versatile inflatable boat that is capable of being a lot of things for a wide variety of people. First sold in 1982, Sea Eagle is now marketing a new and improved version of the SE9 that has been extremely well-received.
The latest version of the Sea Eagle SE9 features a higher pressure inflatable floor with its own protective nylon fabric sheath and I-beam reinforcement. The SE9’s wide design adds to the boat’s impressive stability, and makes the SE9 capable of carrying a large load.
The Sea Eagle 9 is extremely portable and very lightweight, and it can be packed away in a single carry bag. This makes it ideal for people who want an easy to setup boat for fishing or fun. Its ability to fold up small also makes it great for use as a yacht tender.
Sea Eagle boats are a safe bet if you’re looking for a brand that you can trust. Sea Eagle was started by the Hoge family in 1968, and the business is still run by them today. Their passion for water sports and dedication to quality has built Sea Eagle into one of the premier water craft companies in the world.
There are Sea Eagle boats in use for fire and rescue, exploration trips, and other challenging environments. Sea Eagle knows what boat users need, and they make certain that their boats live up to the high expectations.
In fact, Sea Eagle is so confident in the quality of their boats that they have a 180 day return policy, which allows buyers to try a boat risk-free. As long as the return falls within 180 days of receiving the boat and the return meets certain criteria, Sea Eagle will accept the return. They also offer an industry-leading 3 year warranty which covers manufacturer defects.
But there’s another reason why the Sea Eagle 9 is so popular, and that’s the boat’s functional, versatile design. In this Sea Eagle SE9 review, we’ll take a look at the stand out design features of this inflatable boat, the pros and cons, who it is best for, what’s included, and more.
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Sea Eagle SE9 Review: Boat Overview
The Sea Eagle 9 is a stable boat with a design that gives it excellent stability in most sea conditions and moderate whitewater conditions. When inflated, the Sea Eagle 9 measures 132″ x 56″. The boat’s floor features I-beam support which adds to the SE9’s rigidity, making the boat even more stable.
The Sea Eagle 9’s inflatable floor serves another function — adding to the boat’s buoyancy. Additionally, the SE9 features two all-around air chambers. The 15″ diameter main chamber is at the bottom, while the back-up chamber rests on top. This means that it’s highly unlikely that both chambers will get damaged.
In addition, the back-up chamber on top basically heightens the walls of the SE9 which is great for keeping passengers dry. There’s also an additional chamber for the motormount support, which means the Sea Eagle 9 has four air chambers in all.
The Sea Eagle 9’s interior measures 90″ x 28″, making the boat capable of carrying four adults and loads weighing up to 1199 pounds.
The SE9 can take a 3HP gas motor weighing up to 40 pounds with a shaft length of 15″. This will push the SE9 up to speeds of 5-6 mph. Alternatively, a 76 pound thrust electric motor with a minimum shaft length of 30″ will get you up to 4-5 mph.
The Sea Eagle SE9 is designed to be ultra-convenient. It only takes about 15 minutes to inflate the boat. The sides inflate to 1.1 psi, while the floor inflates to 3 psi. When inflated, the hull, floor and motor mount only weigh 51 pounds together. When deflated, the SE9 fits into a 26″ x 26″ x 10″ carry bag.
The SE9’s inflatable floor is removable and it’s encased in a super durable, protective nylon sheath. The Sea Eagle 9 also features two floor drains which are easy to open and shut.
The SE9 also has an all-around grab line, a bow towing grommet, a bow carry handle, molded oar clasps, four molded oarlocks, and fittings to allow for easy customization.
Who is the SE9 Best for?
The Sea Eagle 9 is a very versatile little boat. Its broad stance in the water (along with rigidity lent by the inflatable floor) makes the boat wonderfully stable, which makes it a great fishing boat and a good option for a ship to shore tender.
The fact that it’s easy to inflate, setup, and store in small spaces makes the boat perfect for RV owners, yachtsmen, campers, and just anyone else who needs a boat without large storage space requirements.
The SE9 is an excellent choice for rowing down rivers, and it can handle moderate whitewater rafting. There’s also the option of using a gas or electric motor, which we highly recommend.
The one thing the Sea Eagle 9 won’t give you is speed. It’s great fun for rowing. It’s comfortable for fishing and it’s able to handle a bit of choppiness, but you won’t get it to plane and you won’t get it to travel faster than 6 mph. If performance and speed is your goal, you should definitely look at other speedier options like the Sea Eagle 10.6sr, 12.6sr, or 14sr.
Sea Eagle SE9 Rating
|Weight||35 pounds - 51 pounds|
|Max Weight Capacity||1199 pounds|
|Passenger Capacity||4 person|
The entry-level configuration of this popular boat is the Sea Eagle 9 Startup package. Included with this configuration are the following:
- 13″ high inflatable fishing seat
- 4″ high inflatable rowing seat
- Inflatable floor
- AB254 oar set
- A41 foot pump
- carrying bag
- Inflatable boat repair kit
Additionally, the SE9 is backed by Sea Eagle’s excellent customer support and outstanding warranty. As is the case with all Sea Eagle boats, the SE9 comes with a 3 year warranty which covers all manufacturer defects. Sea Eagle also throws in a full 180 day risk-free trial period, so you can be sure that this boat is the right one for you.
Optional Package Configurations
In addition to the Sea Eagle SE9 Startup package, there are 6 other configurations to choose from…
Do I need to register the Sea Eagle 9?
Registration requirements vary from place to place, so it’s best if you check with local authorities.
Can I use an air compressor to inflate the SE9?
An air compressors can over-inflate the SE9 which will damage the boat.
What’s the difference between the classic SE9 and the new, updated version?
The biggest difference is in the weight. The classic version had wooden bench seats, floorboards, and a wooden motor mount. All of these have been substituted for lighter versions, resulting in a whopping 50 pound weight reduction in the updated version. Also, the updated SE9 can now be stowed in a carry bag, while the classic version could not.
Can I take my dog along?
Sure! We’d recommend that you keep your dog’s nails clipped, however.
What’s the water displacement of the Sea Eagle SE9?
Only about six inches, not counting the motor. With the motor, it depends on the motor’s shaft length.
Where does one put the trolling motor battery?
Either behind or next to the seat is best. Remember to always use a battery box.
The Sea Eagle 9 is a simple, affordable, versatile inflatable boat that can do a lot. Want to do a river run with moderate whitewater? Want something easy to stow as a yacht tender? How about a lightweight, but sturdy fishing boat? The SE9 is perfect for all of these uses.
Almost anything you can think of, the SE9 can do. With that said, this isn’t a boat designed that was designed to go fast.
Furthermore, this isn’t the ideal boat for ocean use. Yes, the SE9 can handle moderate coastal conditions, but if you’re looking for a deep sea boat or better control in harbors, you’ll be better off with one of Sea Eagle’s other models.
That said, the SE9’s easy set up and light weight make it a great option for many people. Add in the fact that Sea Eagle’s warranty covers it for a full 3 years, and you’ve got a boat that is an excellent choice for most recreational users.