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Hey All,

New to the boards here. I just bought myself a Wilderness Systems Pungo 125 last summer and really enjoyed it. Now I'm looking at getting an inflatable kayak as a second boat for guests visiting my place primarily, or for my own personal use for whitewater.

I've narrowed it down to two options, either Sea Eagle 380x, or Aquaglide Chelan 140 (2021). They are similarly priced to what I find online. Right now the AG 140 seems hard to locate in stock.

One major difference between the two is their load capacity ratings. The SE is rated for 750lbs, while the AG is 400lbs. I wonder if this has anything to do with the difference in materials used. Both mention 1000 denier drop stitched floors, but not sure of the difference in materials for the side tubes. My impression is that the quality of the materials is better on the SE. As also evidenced by the difference in warranty 3 years for SE vs 2 years for AG.

I considered the AG 155, but I want the flexibility to use the new boat for single and tandem use, so the AG 155 seems a little big for single use.

I like the flexibility of being able to use in whitewater and the SE is rated to class IV, whereas all I can find for the AG is "mild whitewater".

I prefer the feature set of the new AG though, including the foot braces, higher seats, webbing loops, side handles for solo transportation, etc.

Anyways, these are some of the things I'm considering between the two. I would greatly appreciate any input/insights anyone could offer.

Thanks!
 

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Hey All,

New to the boards here. I just bought myself a Wilderness Systems Pungo 125 last summer and really enjoyed it. Now I'm looking at getting an inflatable kayak as a second boat for guests visiting my place primarily, or for my own personal use for whitewater.

I've narrowed it down to two options, either Sea Eagle 380x, or Aquaglide Chelan 140 (2021). They are similarly priced to what I find online. Right now the AG 140 seems hard to locate in stock.

One major difference between the two is their load capacity ratings. The SE is rated for 750lbs, while the AG is 400lbs. I wonder if this has anything to do with the difference in materials used. Both mention 1000 denier drop stitched floors, but not sure of the difference in materials for the side tubes. My impression is that the quality of the materials is better on the SE. As also evidenced by the difference in warranty 3 years for SE vs 2 years for AG.

I considered the AG 155, but I want the flexibility to use the new boat for single and tandem use, so the AG 155 seems a little big for single use.

I like the flexibility of being able to use in whitewater and the SE is rated to class IV, whereas all I can find for the AG is "mild whitewater".

I prefer the feature set of the new AG though, including the foot braces, higher seats, webbing loops, best kayak seat side handles for solo transportation, etc.

Anyways, these are some of the things I'm considering between the two. I would greatly appreciate any input/insights anyone could offer.

Thanks!
thanks in advance for any help
 

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I have an Aire Caracal II tandem, self - bailing kayak for sale. Red, and other than the typical scuffs it's in great shape - no tears, patches, worn areas.
 
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