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Excellent lake raft,
This review is from: Intex Sehawk 4 Boat Set (Sports)
I bought two of these rafts and am very impressed after our first summer using them. When I began researching different rafts I was concerned about quality and durability. The first time I inflated this raft I was surprised at how thick the material is and how rigid it becomes when fully inflated. I was expecting something more like a pool toy or something. On the lakes we have in each raft 1 adult and 3 kids and they hold up perfectly. (see picture above)
The raft includes 2 collapsible oars (they screw together), two inflatable seats, a manual air pump (which is useless on a raft this size), a small gear bag, some rope, and two fishing pole holders that mount on opposite ends of the raft. Overall a very nice package.
Initially I was debating getting a heavier-duty raft, one called the SeaHawk II which is more expensive and is classified by Intex as a "marine boat". After looking on the Intex website I found the Seahawk 400 is made from 30 gauge material and the SeaHawk II is made from 26 gauge material. In addition the Seahawk 400 has more room and holds more weight. Given those facts and the lower price I decided on the Seahawk 400 set and I am very happy with the decision.
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2012 1:55:13 PM PST
Craft Man says:
With "gauge", the SMALLER the number the THICKER the material. For instance, a 20-gauge shotgun uses tiny shells compared to a twelve-gauge shotgun. So the SeaHawk II (at 26 gauge) would be made of thicker material than the SeaHawk 400 (30 gauge).
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 8:21:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2012 5:29:15 AM PDT
If your theory about vinyl gauge is true, then why is the $20 Intex Explorer 200 inflatable boat made of 13 gauge plastic? In vinyl, the higher the gauge, the thicker the material. Although in other cases, like wire size, the lower the gauge, the thicker the wire.
Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:43:16 PM PDT
D. Acker says:
MarioV73 is quite right..when measuring items like wire, shotgun barrels, sheet metal, and hypodermic needles, the thickness or diameter increases as the gauge decreases (they are inversely proportionate). While for sheet vinyl, used for pool liners, and photographic film, the thickness or width of the material increases as the gauge increases (they are directly proportional).
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 7:30:11 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Craft man. Do your real world homework before spreading false information. As others have pointed out, with vinyl the larger the number, the thicker the material.
Posted on Apr 9, 2014 8:06:31 PM PDT
clifton Laws says:
The Seahawk 400 is really called the Seahawk Sport 400 and is the same shape as the Mariner 4, Mariner 3, and Seahawk II (not 2). The Seahawk 4 is the boat in this listing so this review is not relevant.
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