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WEST MARINE Scout Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak

Model # 11842028Mfg # AE3033


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Product Description

Hybrid design combines the portability of an inflatable with the performance of a rigid shell kayak. Aluminum-reinforced bow slices through the water like a knife, rivaling the handling of hardshell kayaks, while an aluminum-framed stern with tracking fin acts as a skeg. Completely pre-assembled with integral bow and stern framing and inflatable floor. Folds easily for storage, requires no roof rack to transport. Generous behind-seat storage and forward deck lacing easily handles all your gear. Simply unfold, inflate and attach the high-support, adjustable padded seat for hours of comfortable paddling adventure. Folded size 30" x 17" x 10".
  • Application: Recreational for day touring on lakes, bays, mild rivers
  • Length: 10'5"
  • Boat Beam: 32"
  • Weight: 32lb.
  • Capacity: 250lb./1
  • Hull Material: 3-layer PVC Tarpaulin
  • Hull Construction: Built-in aluminum ribs in bow and stern; RF welded seams
  • Hull Shape: Sit-in
  • Seats: One; Adjustable back support
  • Color: Red/Gray
  • Warranty: One year


Scout Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak

Application Recreation
Capacity 1 person
Chambers Not Stated
Beam 32"
Color Orange
Deck Features Rod holder
carrying handles
deck rigging
rigid performance components
Hull Construction Inflatable
Length 10'5"
Material 3-layer PVC tarpaulin
Seam Construction RF welded seams
Seat Type Adjustable back support
Type Sit-inside
Warranty 1 Year
Weight 32 lbs


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West MarineScout Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good Kayak; Better know what you want

By Linda

from Kansas City, MO

Verified Reviewer


  • Easy To Get On The Water
  • Good performance
  • Very stable
  • Well Made


  • Seat Is Pretty Basic
  • Takes a long time to dry

Best Uses

  • Camping
  • Easier Whitewater
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • traveling

Comments about Scout Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak:

With only one main chamber and a couple of small ones, it is very easy to pump this up. Foot pump is adequate, but if you want to spring for a better pump get the Advanced Elements dual action pump with gauge (so you'll have the right valve adaptors). This is a very fun boat, and there is room (barely) for my 25# dog. We were assaulted by two big Labs recently and had no problem with damage or tipping. It's also uniquely marked and very pretty.

I haven't yet been able to compare it nose to nose with hard shell kayaks, but I think this boat performs very well. Tracks well and maneuvers easily. It is affected by wind more than a hard shell would be, but still very steerable. It was recommended to me by another seller to upgrade to a high-pressure floor. Kind of expensive to do that, but if you care about performance, you'll be glad.

The boat is perfect for my needs. But, I was NOT happy with West Marine's online help. There was no store near me, and the online reps didn't know any more than what they (and I) could read online. Fortunately, another retailer who sells a very similar boat and who knows their products answered more questions for me.

The problem I did have, though, is that I wanted to upgrade the seat. No one at West Marine could answer the big question -- is their upgraded seat compatible with this boat? I ordered it, and it was NOT. When I called, the rep quickly pointed out that they sent me what I had ordered. She must have been sick on 'commiserating with an unhappy customer' day during training. When I grumbled, though, she offered with no kindness in her voice to pay for the return shipping, so I'll give them that.

This is a lot of money to spend without being certain of what you're getting, its performance pros and cons, etc.

The BOAT gets full stars, but the experience could have been better.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Good inflatable kayak

By StanB

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer


  • Good tracking
  • Inflates quickly
  • Light Weight
  • Material seems durable
  • Stable
  • Stores In Compact Case


  • Seat Can Slide Around

Best Uses

  • Lakes And Bays
  • Short To Moderate Distanc

Comments about Scout Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak:

I recently purchased 2 of these for a sailboat trip in the San Juan Islands. Unfortunately I didn't check them out ahead of time and found one of them had a slow leak, which was a bummer. One of the islands we visited had a West Marine store and I was able to exchange it with no hassle.
The kayak comes with a small bellows foot pump which I thought would be insufficient. It worked fine as the boat inflates in less than 5 minutes. The kayak is very stable, and if you inflate it firmly the kayak is pretty stiff. Other reviewers have highly recommended purchasing the stiffening bar. I'm not sure yet. With the skeg on the bottom it tracks pretty well for a short boat. The kayak is light and easy to lift on and off the sailboat. My only issue was you have to be careful not to collapse the seat when getting into it. Would have been better if the seat rest was connected to the rear of the cockpit to keep it vertical.
Overall, for what we purchased these for, I think they'll work great.

(46 of 46 customers found this review helpful)


Great inflatable!

By some anonymous guy

from Babylon NY


  • Durable
  • Easy setup
  • Light Weight
  • Portable
  • Stable


  • Uncomfortable seat

Best Uses

  • Camping
  • Recreation
  • Travel

Comments about Scout Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak:

I bought this kayak over a hard shell because of a lack of space at my apartment. It's very stable and for an inflatable it tracks well, its fairly quick, and it's pretty durable! I use it on the bay a lot so its been beached many times and shows no sign of wear. I had to slightly over inflate it to keep it from folding in bad chop and on large boat wakes. There is a good amount of storage behind the seat as well as tie downs on the bow and stern, and a bungee web on the bow so you can carry a good amount of gear! The downside is the seat is flimsy and tends to bunch up and shift so it gets very uncomfortable! Leg cramps were a problem too since there are no foot rests, but I solved that by putting my gear bag in the front of the cockpit instead of behind the seat. Overall though, its a great boat that you can fold up and take anywhere!

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