“I GET BORED EASILY.” — A self-proclaimed ‘gadget guy’ chose the Sea Eagle boat that sets up 5 different ways

From northern New Jersey to the Florida Keys, Joseph and Fran enjoy "Lots of fun in the sun" in their 5-in-1 Sea Eagle PaddleSki

When we spoke recently with Sea Eagle PaddleSki owner, Joseph Ryglicki, he put it right out there. “I get bored easily,” he joked.

“I’m a gadget guy,” he said. And with his Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and various other wireless gadgets and wi-fi gizmos humming in the background, he went on to tell us why the PaddleSki suits him just fine.

Joseph rigged his PaddleSki as a sailboat and took it out for a spin. With a motor, "It almost flies," he says.

“I like that I can use the same boat in different ways,” said Joseph. “I can do different kinds of boating with the same boat. I get bored easily — the PaddleSki gives me flexibility.” Unique among watercraft, the Sea Eagle PaddleSki can be outfitted five different ways: for paddling, rowing, sailing, motoring, or fishing

“Because it’s inflatable,” he continued, “it fits in the car trunk or our motor home storage compartment. You can take it anywhere you go.”

Floating & boating in the Northeast

Joseph and his wife, Fran Mansfield, are on the go a lot. Living in northern New Jersey in view of the Manhattan skyline, Joseph and Fran take frequent PaddleSki trips on the Hackensack and Hudson Rivers, both in easy reach of the New York/New Jersey metro area.

“We take two or three hour trips,” said Joseph. “My son drops us off upriver and we call him a couple hours later to come and pick us up downriver.” Fran added, “Or we could take a taxi home, or even carry it on the subway.”

“We visit the old waterside towns that are all coming back now,” says Joseph. “Athens, Catskill, Saugerties — you can go from town to town,” stopping at stores and restaurants. He notes, “The first 100 miles of the Hudson are a tidal estuary and you have to take the tides and currents into consideration.” Always the gadget guy, Joseph has an app on his iPhone that charts the tides and currents.

Kayaking and fishing in the Florida Keys

The couple goes adventuring farther afield, too. They drive their RV with car in tow, and their PaddleSki deflated and packed in the trunk, to the Florida Keys where they stay for most of the winter. That’s when Fran breaks out her fishing gear. 

“We went on an eco tour  with the kayak, says Fran, “and I learned to fish in the mangroves.  The PaddleSki sits so high in the water you can get to shallow areas you can’t otherwise.” Joseph told us, “There are many different kinds of Snapper here — Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper,” and many more. Fran added, “If they’re big enough, they’re dinner.”

A gadget guy through and through, Joseph set up his PaddleSki in his livingroom when it arrived. (OK, how many of us have done the very same thing?)

“But even if I don’t catch anything, fishing’s a good excuse to do nothing,” she said, then added, “You have to understand I’m in a 34-foot RV with my husband all winter. Getting out by myself in the kayak is a good thing! And I can handle the PaddleSki by myself.”

North or south, lots of fun in the sun

“We also go on PaddleSki trips in the lower Keys in the Marathon area,” said Joseph. “We took a beautiful trip from Sombrero Beach and followed the channel to Boot Key.” Fran and Joseph love to paddle to nearby restaurants, have lunch, and paddle back to their RV site.

Fran and Joseph left us with a final thought. Whether they’re paddling the rivers of northern New Jersey or through the mangroves in the Florida Keys, the PaddleSki gives them, “Lots of fun in the sun!”

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9 Responses to “I GET BORED EASILY.” — A self-proclaimed ‘gadget guy’ chose the Sea Eagle boat that sets up 5 different ways

  1. Robert Ferrell says:

    You might offer a discount for prior purchasers of the Sea Eagle. I am interested in the new Paddle Ski. I purchased the kayak a few years ago and love it.

  2. Robert,

    One way to get a discount is to post a great picture of your boat at http://www.SeaEagle.com/PhotoContest. We will issue a $100 credit for every photo that we decide to use in our marketing material.

  3. Rawley Dale says:

    We too enjoy our Paddleski. Just purchased the Sail Rig and am looking forward to Sailing
    Rawley and Donna

  4. Donna says:

    I, too, have a Sea Eagle kayak and would love to have a paddleski. I am 70 yrs old and am wondering if I would get that much use of it. I guess I would like to have a motor powered boat at my age.

  5. Sherri says:

    I purchased the 14′ SR-RIK with 2 swivel seat kits and dolly wheels. Little did I know this boat was going to be SO HEAVY. The dolly wheels take care of the back end, but it’s still very heavy for 2 people to pick up the front to move very far. I’m looking for a good option for a light weight trailer that can be taken apart or folded. We have a pull behind travel trailer so we don’t want to pull a boat behind it – thus is why we bought the inflatable boat. I need a trailer to move the boat from the water to near by camping area or just from a parking lot to the boat ramp. Does anyone have suggestions?

    • Keith says:

      Donna & Kam
      I made a cheap system to carry my fast track kayak but it could work on most of inflatables.
      For the back end I used a foldable box cart laid it flat and stapped the handle to the boat with velcro straps. For the front I was going to use another box cart but found a cheap luggage cart and strapped it to the front of the boat with the handle out. Then I just pull ii along. It works just fine where I go but if the road was rough bigger tires would help. I can throw the paddles, life jackets, etc. in and wheel it all to the lake. My son has even pulled it SLOWLY with his truck. Both carriers fold flat I usually chain them to a tree near the lake but I could carry them in the boat.
      The cost was cheap….folding box cart $20, luggage cart (used) $10, Velcro straps $10

  6. kam kewson says:

    I have the same problem. To solve that problem,I’m designng a collapsible trolly that require little storage. One will be easily to get the boat from the car park to the shore and vise versa. You should be able to take it with you on the boat.

  7. jooe moss says:

    I recently purchased a padddleski together with the sailing attachments, however there was a leek in one of the hulls which is impossible to locate, so consequently, it has never been launched. Quite a disappointment. J. Moss

    • K Kewson says:

      I do not know where you reside but if you were in Michigan I would fix it for you or at least
      show you where the leak is.

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