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Looking for the best inflatable fishing kayak for more than one person? You’ve come to the right place.

If portability and saving space are a priority, an inflatable 2 person kayak might be the perfect companion. That is where inflatable fishing kayaks excel, the ability to carry them easily, to transport them in the back of your vehicle instead of it’s roof or a trailer, not to mention the limited space they take up at home in comparison to a hard-shell kayak all offer some appeal.

Whether you just want the bare basics to get a taste or are looking for a long term durable vessel we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve reviewed some of the most popular inflatable 2 person/tandem fishing kayaks in different price ranges. 



To be completely transparent here. There are very few ‘fishing dedicated’ inflatable 2 person kayaks on the market. Most are 2 person/tandem inflatable kayaks that are suitable to fish out of, some with fishing features added.
Sea Eagle however, does produce the 385fta (FastTrack Angler) which is a dedicated inflatable fishing kayak which we have reviewed below. 

Jump to our buyers guide below…

5 Best Inflatable Tandem Kayaks

Sea Eagle 385fta FastTrack™ Angler Series

Our Top Pick – Best Inflatable Fishing Kayak

Specs.

Width: 36 in
Load Capacity: 635 lb
Weight: 45 lb
Material: 1100 Decitex Reinforced
3 year warranty (non commercial)

It is worth noting here that Sea Eagle is a dedicated inflatable boat manufacturer who has been in business since 1968. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this industry and an excellent reputation. Consequently they offer a 3 year warranty on all their boats and have a 120 day risk free return policy. I would recommend purchasing directly from seaeagle.com to take advantage of their warranty and return policy.

The Sea Eagle FastTrack Angler is in my opinion the best inflatable fishing kayak out there. And you can set it up to either be solo or tandem.
Built off the platform of the Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack and made even tougher it boasts some significant upgrades and fishing extras which make it a fantastic piece of hardware.  

The FastTrack series are known for being solid performers.  A sleek hull with sweeping curves front and back combined with a drop stitched rigid floor and Sea Eagle’s ‘NeedleKnife Keel’ make this a fast, stable performance oriented kayak with great tracking. 

The 385fta is stable enough to stand and fish from.

Sea Eagle FastTrack and FastTrack Angler Features

Standard features on the Sea Eagle FastTrack kayaks.
  • NMMA Certified
  • NeedleKnife keel for fast smooth paddling performance.
  • Removable high pressure drop stitched floor provides rigidity and enhances performance.
  • 1100 Decitex reinforced material with quadruple overlapped seams make it tough.
  • 2 open and close drain valves.
  • Spray skirts front and rear providing storage space below with bungee above for extra options.
  •  Large removable swept back skeg to enhance speed and tracking 
  • Grab handles front and rear
  • 18 D rings for securing items.
  • Options for sail 
  • Options for a motor: Engine Capacity: 34 lbs. thrust electric (max engine weight 15 lbs)
The upgrades on the 385fta Angler version are:
  • Made with 29% thicker 1000 denier material, double layered on hull and tubes.
  • Customized spray skirts featuring built in rod holders, places for hooks, lures and tools.
  • Non slip hard wearing EVA  protective layer on the floor and sides.
  • A handy built in 36 in. ruler.
  • Green and black color scheme.
  • Multiple seat options, one option being a comfortable swivel seat.

With a variety of packages to choose from and a ton of accessories available the Sea Eagle FastTrack Angler is a very customisable inflatable fishing kayak. You can check out Sea Eagle accessories here.


If your looking for the best inflatable fishing kayak for 1-2 people then check out our top pick, the Sea Eagle FastTrack Angler.

Sea Eagle 380X Explorer

Best Multi Use – Inflatable Tandem Kayak 

Specs:

Length: 12 ft 6 in
Width: 39 in
Load Capacity: 750 lb
Weight: 40 lb
Material: 1100 Decitex Reinforced
3 year warranty (non commercial)

The explorer series from Sea Eagle are a great multi use design. 

Whitewater rated up to class IV, 750 lb load capacity, up to 3 passengers, multiple tie down points and tough 1100 Decitex reinforced material make this the most versatile option we could find. 
The huge load capacity and toughness make these a perfect expedition kayak. Great for multi day trips.

They are not as streamlined as the FastTrack series and therefore won’t be as efficient for flatwater paddling but they are an all rounder and they excel at it. There are also multiple options to customise the Sea Eagle 380x. Sail, motor, and seat options to name a few.


If you are looking for an inflatable tandem kayak that you can use for a variety of activities then the Sea Eagle 380X Explorer would be our top pick.  

Sea Eagle 330 & 370 Inflatable tandem Kayaks

Best entry level multi use inflatable Tandem Kayak

Specs: 330

Length: 11 ft 2 in
Width: 34 in
Load Capacity: 500 lb
Hull Weight: 26.5 lb
Material: 33 mil Polykrylar (K80 PVC)
3 year warranty (non commercial)

Specs: 370

Length: 12 ft 6 in
Width: 34 in
Load Capacity: 650 lb
Hull Weight: 33 lb
Material: 33 mil Polykrylar (K80 PVC)
3 year warranty (non commercial)

The Sea Eagle 330 and 370 Sport Kayaks are at the high end of our entry level category inflatable kayaks and are made from a more durable material than the budget models which is to be expected with the higher price tag. That’s good news as it means they are tougher and more durable which is always a plus with inflatable kayaks, especially when fishing. That makes them perfect for someone just starting out and wants an entry level kayak that is more durable.
Sea Eagle also offers a range of packages giving you lots of options.

They are very stable, lightweight and easy to maneuver and feature two rear skegs for tracking and speed. 

Although they are fairly robust it is certainly worth being extra careful to avoid damage. The cheaper they are the easier they puncture.

Both models feature huge load capacity making these great for two people, especially the Sea Eagle 370 Sport which is 12 ft 6 in. with a 650 lb load capacity.


Want a versatile inflatable tandem kayak? Check out the Sea Eagle 330, or for something with more space and capacity the Sea Eagle 370.

If I was looking to get into it more seriously with multiple trips I would recommend stepping up to the more durable and better performing Sea Eagle 380X Explorer or the Sea Eagle 385fta which are rugged and should last many years.

Intex Excursion Pro Inflatable Kayak

Best entry Level 2 person Inflatable fishing Kayak

Specs:

Length: 12 ft 7 in
Width: 37 in
Capacity: 400 lb
Weight: 43.57 lb
Material: 30 gauge 3 ply PVC
90 day warranty

A very popular 2 person inflatable fishing kayak made with a tough 3 ply PVC with polyester core material. It comes complete with two seats and floor mounted footrests for each paddler, all adjustable so you can find your perfect fit.

Performance is enhanced by the I-beam floor and removable skeg, you get two skeg options too, one for deep water and one for shallow which is a nice feature.

For the fisherman it features two recessed rod holders and a removable and adjustable mounting bracket for any accessories you may have such as rod holders, fish finder etc. The general consensus is that this is good quality and at the high end of the entry level inflatable fishing kayak range. It is comparable to the Sea Eagle 370 Sport though the load capacity on this is much less and at the time of writing this article the price tag is a little more which is why it comes in as the runner up for this category.

 Prices can vary depending on time of year and availability.


For a tough entry level competitor check out the Intex Excursion Pro 2 person inflatable fishing kayak.

Intex Explorer K2  2 person Inflatable Kayak

Popular Budget inflatable 2 person kayak

Specs:

Length: 10 ft 3 in
Width: 36 in
Capacity: 400 lb
Weight: 37 lb
90 day warranty

Cheap n cheerful… sometimes.

If you are looking for an inflatable tandem kayak to test the waters then this might be an option for you. 

When purchasing an inexpensive inflatable kayak it is important to align your expectations with the price tag. Price’s can fluctuate so it’s worthwhile shopping around to get the best deal possible. This is the cheapest kayak in our lineup and a great choice for a bit of fun at the lake.

It does have over 11,000 reviews on Amazon with 72% of them being 5 star and only 6% 1 star, Many people have been happy with their purchase and feel it is great value for money.
A comfortable and fun kayak, designed for small calm bodies of water. It is a 2 person kayak but at 10 ft 3 in it’s definitely a little cramped with two.

These carry a 90 Day warranty and Intex are very firm on that. Many people have been caught out by only trying it after the ninety days has elapsed. As quality seems to vary a bit I would highly recommend trying it out immediately after purchase. If it is not possible to try it on the water, it is worthwhile at least inflating it and checking it over thoroughly for leaks and any other defects. 

Caution. Don’t inflate in full sunlight as the PVC will soften making it too easy to over inflate, weakening the PVC

Another entry level offering from Intex which is currently a similar price is the Challenger K2 


If you’re looking for a budget 2 person inflatable kayak to test the waters then check out the Intex Explore K2 inflatable kayak.

Buyers Guide

Before we get to the reviews let’s look at some important factors to consider when purchasing an inflatable tandem fishing kayak. 

Most of us are ruled by budget, and the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is especially important when it comes to inflatable kayaks. Price tends to correlate to quality and lifespan. It is therefore a good idea to align expectations to the price of the kayak and treat it accordingly. 

There are some cheap options out there but they usually have a limited lifespan. Once you get to the heavy duty options you should expect to get many years of use out of them, especially if properly cared for. 

If you are considering a cheaper entry level or not so cheap mid range inflatable kayak it may be worth re-considering the hard-shell option. A quality brand hard-shell kayak is likely to be more durable and have a longer lifespan than an inflatable of similar price.

What should I look for in an inflatable tandem kayak?

To start, let’s simplify things by breaking them down into three main categories:

Entry Level:  Recreation

These are generally under $500 and are made from thinner PVC or similar. They range from budget models to tougher, more expensive entry level options. From a safety perspective they are better suited for light recreational use, especially at the lower end of the price range. They have the least amount of puncture resistance and need to be treated appropriately. The cheaper price tag can come with a lower quality control standard too so make sure you check it out thoroughly before the return window closes. 

There are however some good kayaks within this category using more robust materials which we have included in our list but they do come at the higher end of the price range. 

Mid Range:

In this category I would put the Kayaks that are PVC or similar construction covered with an abrasion resistant fabric cover. These are far more durable than the entry level ones but have one major complaint. They are very hard to properly dry out as water gets between the inner baffles and outer fabric. These can easily become moldy if not dried thoroughly between use.

These are usually in the $500 to $800 range

Heavy Duty:  Expedition/Touring/multi day trips/Fishing

These are made from heavy duty material, most commonly PVC or Hypalon. These are very puncture resistant and though they are not infallible they are definitely the most robust and safest option. 

These usually range from $900 to $1500 

What else should I consider?

  • Weight. Generally inflatables are lighter and when packaged down are definitely smaller than hardshell kayaks. I have listed the manufacturers specified weights with each kayak. These don’t necessarily include everything so it is important to check whether it includes the pump, repair kit, seats and any extras you need to carry for the boat.
  • Wind. Inflatable fishing kayaks are more susceptible to influence from the wind as they generally have more volume for the wind to catch, therefore are better suited to calmer days. 
  • Company reputation. In my opinion it is better to go with a company that has good customer service.
  • Warranty and return policy. Please make sure to read any warranty and return policy wording carefully to understand their extent and limitations.

Caring for your kayak

  • Avoid any potentially sharp objects. Stating the obvious here…. Care when packing and transporting your kayak should also be included. Taking extra care will prolong the life of your investment.
  • Drying. To avoid mold and mildew it is important to dry your kayak thoroughly between uses. It is recommended that you dry your kayak whilst still inflated. Once you have tipped out any water use towels to remove as much moisture as possible then allow it to air dry for a while before deflating and removing any remaining moisture. 
  • Storage. It is recommended that you store your inflatable kayak in a well ventilated, shaded area. Ventilated to avoid mold and mildew and shaded to avoid excessive heat which causes damage.
  • UV Protection. The use of a UV protective spray can extend the life of your kayak

Lastly, and possibly most importantly 

I would highly recommend inflating your kayak and checking it over thoroughly for leaks and any other defects immediately after purchase.
It is worthwhile inflating it at home first, then if all is well taking it to the water and trying it out. Many have failed to do so within the given return period and been left with an expensive but unusable product.

Inflatable tandem kayak – Conclusion

If you’re considering kayak fishing and just want to test the waters, a budget inflatable kayak might be a good option, but don’t expect too much from it. Wear your PFD and stay within swimming distance, just in case…

 If you want a tough, reliable well thought out inflatable 2 person/tandem fishing kayak then the Sea Eagle 385 FastTrack Angler is in our opinion, the best there is. What really stands out to us with the Sea Eagle 385fta (FastTrack Angler) is the well thought out features and the ability for you to customize it to suit your specific needs. 

Equally important for us is the extra layer of material on the hull and sides which really takes away a lot of the potential stress of owning an inflatable kayak. Worrying about punctures and whether you are going to make it home or not is not conducive to a relaxing day out on the water!


If after reading this you’re re-considering a ‘hard-shell’ tandem fishing kayak, check out our Best Tandem Fishing Kayak article.

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