SHE LEARNED TO SAIL in about 3 minutes – amazing what you can do when you HAVE to

“Now, I don’t recommend teaching your wife to sail when she’s in the boat and you’re in the water in the middle of the lake and the wind comes up and carries her a couple hundred yards away,” Jim Hansen told us recently. The good news is, “The SailCat is so easy to sail, she figured it out right away.”

“Now, I don’t recommend teaching your wife to sail when she’s in the boat and you’re in the water in the middle of the lake and the wind comes up and carries her a couple hundred yards away,” Jim Hansen told us recently. The good news is, “The SailCat is so easy to sail, she figured it out right away.”

Jim Hansen had canoed a bit when he was a Boy Scout. And when he and his wife, Gail, got married, they sailed a little on their honeymoon in a sail-rigged catamaran. Those brief but happy experiences led the Salt Lake City area couple to purchase a Sea Eagle SailCat, Sea Eagle’s new sail-rigged, twin-hulled, inflatable catamaran.

Jim and Gail learned how EASY it is to operate the SailCat…and they learned it more QUICKLY than they anticipated.

Instant sailing lesson

Jim takes the helm on a beautiful day in their Sea Eagle FoldCat

Jim takes the helm on a beautiful day in their Sea Eagle FoldCat

“We took our 14’ SailCat down to Sand Hollow Reservoir in southern Utah,” says Jim. “As we were sailing around, I saw what would make a great picture: our SailCat with beautiful red rock cliffs in the background. With my life jacket on, I got in the water with our waterproof camera. Just then the wind kicked up and off sailed my wife and dog, Abby, our miniature schnauzer.”

“While Gail was still within shouting distance,” Jim told us, “I gave her sailing instructions and she was able to come about. In just three passes, she was able to pick me up. We were laughing too hard to remember to get the picture I originally went in after so these will have to do.”

Doesn’t take up any space

The Hansens work in the healthcare industry. They live in a condo and own a small motorhome “the size of an airport shuttlebus,” says Jim. “We really enjoy it and have taken it all over the state. We put a luggage rack in the receiver hitch to carry our SailCat. That way it doesn’t take up any space inside the motorhome.” Between trips, “the boat folds up and goes in a closet with the golf clubs,” says Jim.

Jim and Gail have taken their Sea Eagle SailCat to nearby Bear Lake and have sailed in the very salty Great Salt Lake. Future motoring-and-boating trips may include a trip to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, often called Rocky Point, south of Phoenix.

Easy to transport, easy to sail

Like so many folks these days, Jim shopped online and chose an inflatable Sea Eagle for convenience. “There’s no trailering,” he says, “and no hassle with launching. I put it together right on the beach and launch it easily.”

“We’d sailed a catamaran on our honeymoon,” Jim said, “so we knew a catamaran is a good, stable sailing platform. We got the SailCat Comfort Package with two seats. We love the SailCat’s size. It’s large enough that it commands respect from other boaters. It’s good and stable when power boats are zooming by and throwing wakes.

“If a friend was interested in a SailCat, I’d tell them to do it, says Jim. “In fact my brother’s looking into getting one right now.” Thanks for your story and photos, Jim. See you on the water!

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ECO-ADVENTURE BY BIKE & KAYAK – An Unstoppable Combination

His kayak carries his BIKE across water, then his bike carries his KAYAK across the land!

Gary carries his BIKE in his BOAT. "Lake Asnen was our favorite lake in Sweden’s Smaland province, filled with trout, perch, and pike for sustainable fishing, great bike tracks to explore the wild and scenic waterways to enjoy crossing in the 465. We used a BBQ cover to protect the base and sides of the kayak from all our bikes and luggage. "

Gary carries his collapsible BIKE in his inglatable Sea Eagle BOAT. "Lake Asnen was our favorite lake in Sweden’s Smaland province, filled with trout, perch, and pike for sustainable fishing, great bike tracks to explore the wild and scenic waterways to enjoy crossing in the 465. We used a BBQ cover to protect the base and sides of the kayak from all our bikes and luggage. "

Gary carries his BOAT on his BIKE. "Touring across Sweden with the ultimate setup – Birdy Bike, Oxtail trailer and Sea eagle FastTrack 465 in tow.  It's easy to pack this bike-and-boat combination and it's comfortable to ride."

Gary carries his inflatable BOAT on his collapsible BIKE. "Touring across Sweden with the ultimate setup – Birdy Bike, Oxtail trailer and Sea eagle FastTrack 465 in tow. It's easy to pack this bike-and-boat combination and it's comfortable to ride."

The ingenuity and innovation of many people came together to make possible it possible for Australian adventurer, Gary Muir, to take a memorable trip across parts of Scandinavia on his Bikes & Kayak Expedition. This is a story of how his go-anywhere boat-and-bike combination came to be.

“In 1994 I had been involved as Project Leader in the planning of the remarkable Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk situated in the fragile Tingle Forest of Walpole, Western Australia. This 40-meter high walkway through an ancient forest soon became an internationally recognized ecotourism icon allowing people a unique way to enjoy and protect some of the largest diameter trees in the world.  This attracted some planners from America who were impressed with the walks’ eco-engineering and became inspired to plan for one in their own forest – home to the greatest trees in the world – the might coastal redwoods.

A bright idea: boat and bike combo

I was honored to be invited to America from Walpole to consult on the planning of a Tree Top Walk near Brookings, Oregon by the Curry County Canopy Walk Team in 1998.  It was on this trip that the idea of traveling using both a bicycle and a kayak in combination as mode of travel first came to me.

I offered to look for potential sites for a walk in the coastal redwoods and I was given a mountain bike to explore with. I rode through the wilderness from Cape Blanco in Oregon into northern California. To do this, I needed to cross and explore a number of rivers including the Rogue, Chetko, and Klamath. At the Klamath I met some new American friends who offered me the use of a canoe. Boating was a great way to travel – but as I went down the river I worried about my bike being left back at the launch area and wished I could bring it with me.

I then started to dream of a way to link the two modes of travel together – biking and boating – so I could explore land and water together on the same trip!  I bought a cheap orange canoe to put my mountain bike and gear in, and raced down the river with very little room to spare. It was very unsteady and I nearly lost everything. The bike-and-boat combination was a good idea but I had the wrong bike and the wrong boat.

Right bike, right boat

The bike was far too big for the boat, and trying to carry the canoe on the bike was even worse. It was unstable, far too heavy, uncomfortable, and dangerous. After falling down on a misty road in the redwoods I abandoned the canoe and gave up the idea, but with every yearly trip I did, I wished I could work out the dream set up – the right bike and the right boat.

I needed a sturdy stable kayak that could be folded or deflated down small enough to fit on a bike, and a bike small and strong enough that would, in turn, fit in the kayak. The revelation finally came when a friend and I tried to be the first to cross the harsh Mongolian Gobi Desert on a tandem bike. Customs fees to get the tandem into China proved far too expensive for us but inspiration struck when we saw everyone in that area on folding bikes.  We bought a couple and tried them in Mongolia. Fantastic! Don’t ever underestimate the performance of a folding bike.

Mongolian inspiration

As I was going across the Mongolian steppe and having to cross rivers, my American dream came back to me – I could see that a folding bike would easily fit into a kayak. But one issue was still nagging me: could a folding bike carry a kayak?

I began to search for the perfect kayak-and -folding-bike combination. Another issue with the folding bikes was the lack of suspension but I found the ultimate – a front and back suspended Birdy folding bike from Germany. Now I needed a kayak! Inspired by folding bikes, I wondered if anyone makes a folding kayak.

It doesn't get any better than this -- a beautiful sunset and a great adventure in a Sea Eagle FastTrack.

It doesn't get any better than this -- day's end and a beautiful sunset in a Sea Eagle FastTrack.

Chatting online around the world, I found the most highly recommended inflatable kayak was the Sea Eagle. When I went on the Sea Eagle website it just jumped out at me – the new FastTrack. I first thought of getting a couple of the smaller 385 FT’s for my next adventure – crossing the Scandinavian wild with a friend. And then I saw the 14′ 2″ Sea Eagle 465 FastTrack – Crickey! We could both fit in along with two bikes and gear, all in the same kayak instead of needing two. The online reviews of the 465 were all great. I noted Sea Eagle delivered to Australia and ordered a Sea Eagle 465 FastTrack straight away.

My dream was coming together as long as I could find the right bike trailers that could carry the kayak behind one bike and another trailer that could take the camping gear behind the other bike!  The Sea Eagleʼs weight would be around 25 kg with paddles. There are heaps of bike trailers out there – most of them connect onto the bicycle’s rear axle. I tried the Wilderbeast trailer from our Mongolian trip but it was too wobbly when riding, especially downhill. Undaunted, I kept looking for something better.

Trailer, too

Finally, I found the Oxtail trailer from Portugal. Instead of attaching to the bikeʼs axle, it attaches to the seat post and has the capability to take the kayak’s weight and more.  Reviewing the online videos of its performance, I knew it was the one, especially as it, too, could be folded small and would fit in the kayak with the bikes and camping gear.

The exciting day arrived in our little town of Walpole, Australia – the post office rang to say my Sea Eagle kayak had arrived. That night I set it up in my coastal shack with some Swedish and Belgian friends and tested it at night in the bioluminescent waters on the Nornalup Inlet – a perfect vessel!

Gary's biking-and-boating expedition was very challenging at times. "The storm shot from my iPhone was while Steven and I were crossing Lake Immein in southern Sweden."

Gary's biking-and-boating expedition was very challenging at times. "The storm shot from my iPhone was while Steven and I were crossing Lake Immein in southern Sweden."

The 465 would easily fit our gear and folding bikes. I bought another Sea Eagle FastTrack kayak and had it sent across to Europe where I was to pick it up with the two trailers and join my two best Dutch friends – Yashna and Steven. Yashy had come across Mongolia with me. We first tested the kayak without the bike.  We kayked in our 465 following most of the watercourse used during the Elfstedentocht – a famous 200km, 11 city speed skating course in north Netherlands’ Friesland. The Sea Eagle 465 FastTrack kayak was the perfect, comfortable vessel and performed well though we got very cold in the wild wind and rain.

Over a decade after the idea first sprang to mind back in northern California, Steven and I were ready now to test the ultimate bike-and-boat setup exploring the Scandinavian wilderness and lakes using our German and Chinese bikes, Portuguese trailers, and the legendary American Sea Eagle 465 Fast Track inflatable kayak!

Folding bike, folding boat, folding trailer

The bikes handled the weight of the kayak and luggage with ease even up hill. Best of all though was rocking up to a Scandinavian lake, pumping up the SeaEagle in no time, whacking in the bikes and trailers with our camping gear and be kayaking across the spectacular waterways in minutes, trawling a lure behind for dinner.

The international ingenuity that made this trip possible was due to the passion of inventors and engineers who were dedicated to produce unique bikes, trailers and kayaks that would ultimately work together as one allowing adventurers to experience the world’s wilderness by water and land.  This parallels the team who planned and built our Tree Top Walk which, like the Bike and Kayak together, allows eco-tourists new means to appreciate the wild that promotes interaction without impaction on our environment.

Though the American Canopy Walk is still to be built, I look forward to coming back over to the US and doing my dream tour with my folding bike and SeaEagle 465 Kayak combination to explore the  wild Redwood forests and rivers and one day enjoy a tree top walk there.  That really would be the ultimate eco-tourism experience.

— Gary Muir, Sea Eagle owner & outdoor adventurer.

Gary Muir currently runs his own ecotourism company, WOW Wilderness EcoCruises,   in Walpole, Western Australia. He was nationally recognised in 2002 as Australia’s top EcoGuide. He worked as an environmental manager for 12 years specializing in Nature Conservation and Recreation Tourism and Planning. He held the world record for running the 1000 km Bibbulmun Track  raising money for an invertebrate biodiversity project, researching ways to manage fire in the environment. Gary continues to combine his eco-projects and outdoor adventures around the world with his international team of friends.  

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They SAIL & KAYAK the WORLD’S LARGEST LAKE

Inspired by the Backs, their friend, Dave, uses his Sea Eagle Sport Kayak as a yacht tender and for pleasure kayaking.

Inspired by the Backs, their friend, Dave, uses his Sea Eagle Sport Kayak as a yacht tender and for pleasure kayaking.

The Back’s friend Melanie, her daughter Lilka, and canine companion Zeus enjoy Sea Eagle kayking in Julian Bay off Stockton Island in Lake Superior. Daughter, Helena, swims.

The Back’s friend Melanie, her daughter Lilka, and canine companion Zeus enjoy Sea Eagle kayking in Julian Bay off Stockton Island in Lake Superior. Daughter, Helena, swims.

Marge and David Back, of Brule, Wisconsin, live what many boaters would consider the ideal lifestyle. They moved to northern Wisconsin to be minutes from the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake (largest in terms of surface area); they sail regularly and for extended periods in their 28-foot sailboat; and they have a Sea Eagle 330 Sport Kayak to explore nearby sea caves…and to use as a yacht tender, too.

What’s a yacht tender? It’s the small boat the owners of a large boat use to go from shore to their larger craft and back again. Or as Marge puts it, “We sail on Lake Superior for weeks at a time in our 28-foot sailboat. Our Sea Eagle 330 is our main transportation when we’re at anchor.”

Many yacht and sailboat owners choose a larger, wider yacht tender specifically designed for hauling tons of gear, groceries, and guests between ship an shore – like the Sea Eagle Yacht Tender. But Marge and David, like their 330 just fine.  “We love our Sea Eagle kayak,” says Marge. “It tracks well, it is light enough for me to handle, and is easy for us to carry. We can tie it on board inside the bow rail. When we’re at anchor, just put it over the side and go.”

Marge explained further. “A bigger yacht tender can require ‘dinghy davits,’ she said. Dinghy davits are a hoist system that lift your dinghy out of the water and secure it while you’re underway. Marge and David don’t need that hardware: they simply lift their 26-lb. 330 on board and lash it down.

Sea cave exploring

There’s another plus, says Marge. “We explore the shoreline of Lake Superior and the sea caves on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in our kayak.”

There are 22 islands in Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands group — the “Jewels of Lake Superior.” All but one are part of the National Park Service. The islands, particularly Sand and Devil’s Islands, are famed for their outstanding sea caves.

Marge and her friends own 3 sailboats and 4 Sea Eagle Sport Kayaks. The Sea Eagles double as yacht tenders and kayaks for exploring sea caves and shorelines along Lake Superior.

Marge and her friends own 3 sailboats and 4 Sea Eagle Sport Kayaks. The Sea Eagles double as yacht tenders and kayaks for exploring sea caves and shorelines along Lake Superior.

Sailboating friends got Sport Kayaks, too

Picking up on the Back’s yacht tender-and-sport kayak idea, their friends John and Melanie went the Sea Eagle route, too. “We encouraged them to come up to Northern Wisconsin to sail with us in their 35-foot sailboat,” Marge told us. “They thought our Sea Eagle solution worked so well that they bought two of them – a 330 and a 370 Sport Kayak.”

More sailboating friends – Dave and Leslie – joined the crowd with a 330 of their own to go to-and-from their 30-foot sailboat….and to go exploring, too.

The Back’s Sea Eagle is 10 years old and “looks pretty much like new,” she says. Marge knows boats. She’s sailed for over 30 years and runs a boating-related home business in Brule, Wisconsin. “Brule Acres Sewing Loft” manufactures sail covers, docking covers, and boat upholstery.

David and Marge frequently sail on Lake Superior from Duluth, Minnesota to Knife River, Minnesota; and from Cornucopia, Wisconsin to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. “Weather permitting,” says Marge.

Only five months ‘til boating season!

David and Marge Back enjoy exploring Lake Superior. Their Sea Eagle 330 Sport Kayak is their “full time transportation” while their sailboat is at anchor. Other times, it’s their “exploration kayak” as they kayak into sea caves. In the background is Lake Superior’s Sand Island Lighthouse.

David and Marge Back enjoy exploring Lake Superior. Their Sea Eagle 330 Sport Kayak is their “full time transportation” while their sailboat is at anchor. Other times, it’s their “exploration kayak” as they kayak into sea caves. In the background is Lake Superior’s Sand Island Lighthouse.

You’ll find the Backs farther afield in boating seasons to come. “Next year, we want to explore more of Lake Superior,” says Marge. “We may go to Canada and around Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”

At this writing, winter’s closing in. But Marge, like all avid boaters, looks at the bright side. “Boating season’s only five months away!”

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WOMEN LOVE FISHING, TOO!

"Women love the fishing life, too!" So says Barbara Drennen, Sea Eagle Owner and one of over 7,600,000 American female anglers

"Women love the fishing life, too!" So says Barbara Drennen, Sea Eagle Owner and one of America's over 7,600,000 female anglers

Please take this quick mental exercise:

Imagine you’re looking out over the water. You see someone out there fishing. What do they look like? Chances are you imagine some guy with a tackle box, rod and reel, poking along, searching for that perfect fishing spot. And chances are you’d be wrong.

7,600,000 American women and growing

You’d be wrong because many fishermen are fisher-WOMEN. Latest data from the American Sportfishing Association says that more than 7.6 MILLION women fish. That means 25% of all who drown worms are fisher-WOMEN. That’s one out of every four “fisherpersons.”

Barb Carey, founder of WI Women Fish and fishing instructor for Becoming an Outdoor Woman told us, “More women are enjoying angling opportunities and are fishing independently without men involved. The women who join our club are looking for other women to fish with. Either their husbands don’t fish, they are divorced, or they just prefer learning and fishing with other women.” And Barb adds, “The number of women ice fishing is really increasing, too.” Another fishing club, the North American Fishing Club, tells us almost half a million of their members are women.

Not news to us

Barbara trailers her Sea Eagle behind her little Kia Soul. "It's so cute," she says.

Barbara trailers her Sea Eagle behind her little Kia Soul. "It's so cute," she says.

Having been in the inflatable boat business since 1968, the fact that women love fishing is not news to us. We count many, many, many thousands of women among our customers. We recently received an email and photos from one of our female customers who stated what we’ve long known: women love fishing, too!

Dear Sea Eagle — I just want to share my photos because I just love my new boat. My little Kia Soul tows my boat and it is so cute. Your website has men and this just shows women can enjoy the fishing life as well. If you want to put this on your website you can. It is a great advertisement. I have a great boat and trailer set up for my 124 Fisherman’s Dream package.   —  Thank you, Barbara Drennen

Barbara’s super boat

Barbara bought the Sea Eagle 124 Super Motor Mount boat – the largest of Sea Eagle’s motor mount boats, the “ideal boat for fishermen and weekend boaters on a budget.” She selected the 124smb Fisherman’s Dream Package that turned her 124 into the ultimate recreational fishing craft.

Towing or stowing?

Like some Sea Eagle boaters, Barbara keeps her Sea Eagle inflated and trailers it to and from the water. Most, however, don’t bother with a trailer. When they’re ready for an hour, a day, or a week on the water, they’ll throw their UNINFLATED Sea Eagle in their car trunk and inflate it at the water’s edge in as few as five to 15 minutes That means no trailer to buy, license, maintain, or back up at the boat ramp.

Calling all Sea Eagle FEMALE ANGLERS:

FISHER-WOMEN, please join Barbara Drennen in letting the world know that “Women Love Fishing, too!” Please email us your Sea Eagle fishing story and PHOTOS, too. Then be sure to visit this blog often because we’ll post the best ones right here at blog.seaeagle.com!

Do YOU have a Sea Eagle story and photos to share? Please e-mail us. Our blog readers (women AND men) want to know what you’re up to!

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SAILING AMONG THE ICEBERGS in Greenland’s Tunulliarfik Fjord

Greenland's Tunulliarfik Fjord is awsomely beautiful in its austerity; a perfect spot for the rugged outdoor adventurer and the Sea Eagle PaddleSki.

Greenland's Tunulliarfik Fjord is awsomely beautiful in its austerity; a perfect spot for the rugged outdoor adventurer and the Sea Eagle PaddleSki.

Icelander, Gudmundur R. Ludviksson is, among many other things, an intrepid Sea Eagle adventurer.

Icelander, Gudmundur R. Ludviksson is, among many other things, an intrepid Sea Eagle adventurer.

He’s an artist, a photographer, a videographer, a poet, a musician, a professional chef…and a bonafide Sea Eagle adventurer. Gudmundur R. Ludviksson, an Icelander living at the southern tip of Greenland, is a Renaissance Man of the highest order.

Gudmundur sent an email and several photos of his Sea Eagle boating adventures to our ongoing Photo Contest and we were intrigued.

Hello, Sea Eagle,

I sail my PaddelSki here in Greenland and it has been fantastic. It’s better than I thought it would be. I have sailed in stormy weather and it surprises me how well it works in strong winds and big waves. And on sunny days the sailing is beautiful.

I sailed my 40-foot yacht in the Mediterranean for many years, but this is a new experience for me and much closer to nature. I can take it everywhere. Fantastic. Worth of every penny and more.

Next week I’m going to sail up a nearby fjord (around 100 km), and spend three days in that trip. There are many beautiful icebergs everywhere in the fjord.

This PaddleSki is the first kayak with a sail here in Greenland. At first, people laughed at my PaddelSki, but now they don’t, and I have heard some of them planning to buy their own, especially the company here who rents kayaks to tourists.

Best to you and many thanks, Gudmundur R. Ludviksson

 What’s your story, Gudmundur?

“My education in art is four years in the Icelandic Art Academy,” says Gudmundur. “I also spent three years at the Rotterdam Art Academy in The Netherlands, and one year at the Frankfurt Art Academy in Germany. And I’ve graduated from Hotel and Restaurant school as an a la carte chef.”

When he’s not in his art studio painting; sculpting; photographing; or publishing his online art magazine, TROÐNINGUR (in Icelandic) you may find Gudmundur hard at work in the kitchen of one of Greenland’s finest hotels.

The PaddleSki's big enough, and tough enough, to brave icy waters. Note Gudumundur has rigged it with a sail.

The PaddleSki's big enough, and tough enough, to brave icy waters. Note Gudumundur has rigged it with a sail.

Or you might find him sailing his Sea Eagle PaddleSki among the icebergs in the Tunulliarfik Fjord near Narsarsuaq, Greenland. “The fjord is quite long,” he tells us, “and is filled with icebergs but there’s a beautiful view.”

No newcomer to boating, Gudmndur owned and piloted a 40-foot yacht for many years. “I sailed in Greece and Turkey; to Rhodes, all the Greek islands, Sicily, Malta, Tunisia, Majorca, Spain, and many other places.”

His first kayak

But, he tells us, he’s new to Sea Eagle kayaking. “This is my first kayak and I love it. I can get very close to nature in it. The PaddleSki is fantastic and carries everything I need for camping; my tent, food, camping supplies, and more.”

As you might expect, the northern latitudes have their fair share of foul weather. “I’ve sailed in good weather and in bad and stormy weather, but the PaddleSki surprises me with how well it handles in a strong wind.”

“I looked for a long time for a kayak,” Gudmundur tells us. “I went to Denmark to buy one but I found the Sea Eagle website www.seaeagle.com first. The PaddleSki interested me because it was possible to have a kayak with a sail on it. Now I’m very glad I chose this one.”

5 boats in 1 but the sail sold him

Here's the PaddleSki set up as a sailing craft near our headquarters in Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York.

Inflatability gives every Sea Eagle significant portability and storage advantages over boats with hard hulls. But the PaddleSki is unique among boats because it can be set up five different ways: for paddling, motoring, rowing, sailing, or fishing.

Gudmundur says it was the sail that sold him. That and the price. “I chose Sea Eagle because of the good price, the fantastic service, easy online ordering, and good website. I chose the PaddleSki because it has a sail!”

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BOATING SAFETY FIRST — safe boating for great fishing

Raymond Perry emailed us this photo recently of this largemouth bass he caught on Elk Fork Lake, West Virginia.

“My brother Michael and i went out on Elk Fork Lake yesterday. Gave the New 14SR a test run, she did great, its all about families doing things together and Sea Eagle is making that happen. We fished a few hours, did not catch any Bass or Catfish that day. That’s the way fishing goes at times, but we had fun being out in the 14 SR and as you can see the water was very muddy. The new 14SR performed great and we both enjoyed the nice day on the lake. We watch for wildlife — you may see anything from a deer to a raccoon or a happy cow sometimes. We are going to send some picture as we catch fish also. Thanks, Raymond”

“My brother Michael and I are real big on boating safety,” says Raymond Perry, Sea Eagle 14 SR owner from Hurricane, West Virginia. Choosing a boat based on its safety was a major consideration for the Perrys.  “Of course we wear life preservers the whole time we’re on the water,” adds Raymond. “Better to float than sink!”

“The Sea Eagle 14 SR is sound and stable. My brother liked it over all the other boats we looked at because it doesn’t sway when you stand up and cast,” says Raymond. “Some boats feel flimsy and tippy but the Sea Eagle’s large pontoons make it stable in the water.  You could stand on the pontoons!”

Favorite of rescue teams, fire departments

A popular choice by police, fire departments, and rescue teams, the Sea Eagle 14 SR is one big, rugged inflatable boat. Measuring a full 14’ long and 6’ wide, it has a big 84 sq. ft. footprint that distributes the weight of passengers and cargo. With weight spread over that big an area, the 14 SR is solid and stable in the water. Heavy duty, 19” diameter wraparound tubes made of 1000 denier reinforced marine material form the boat’s sides and gunwales. And flat, rigid polyethylene floorboards give firm, stable footing.

“We chose Sea Eagle because they make one of the best boats there is,” says Raymond. “We looked at all kinds but had our eye on the Sea Eagle because of the way they’re built — strong and safe.”

Lots of room for friends

“We chose the 14 SR because we felt it’s the most stable of Sea Eagle’s boats,” Raymond told us, “and because it’s big enough for us to haul some of our friends when we go out fishing. They love it. Sea Eagle makes a lot of great boats but the SR has the most room.”

“You should see the looks we get,” Raymond continued. “Even people with $50,000 bass boats stop us and ask about it. It’s a good looking boat and others are amazed by it because it’s lightweight and can go more places than their big boats.”

Many of the brothers’ nearby lakes limit motors to 10HP. Raymond’s just under the wire with a 9.9HP 4-stroke Nissan outboard on his 14 SR. “That’s plenty,” he tells us. .

“We’ve caught more fish than at any time in our lives.”

For Raymond and Michael, boating’s all about fishing. “We fish for bass, catfish, trout, bluegills, and more,” says Raymond. Their local haunts include Elk Fork Lake near Ripley, West Virginia, and stretches of the Ohio River.

“We’ve fished for years but the 14 SR has opened up so many areas we can go now that we couldn’t before.”

Ray explained. “A regular bass boat will bottom out in shallow water but the Sea Eagle has a shallow draft — it sits higher in the water.” Ray says he and Michael can ease in and tilt the motor up, put the oars in, and get into shallow areas where the fish are. “We’ve caught more fish than at any time in our lives.”

Some Sea Eagle boaters, like Raymond and Michael, like to trailer their boats. Most carry them deflated in the car trunk or pickup truck bed and inflate them at the water's edge.

All Sea Eagles are inflatable — a major advantage because you don’t need to trailer it. Trailering’s is not necessary when you can deflate your boat and throw it in your car trunk. But some boaters like Ray and Michael prefer to trailer their Sea Eagle. “We put it on a trailer because it’s easiest for us. One man can load and unload.”

It’s all about the fish

The Perry brothers love fishing and their Sea Eagle. Raymond says, “Michael and I have the greatest time fishing in our 14 SR. Thank you, Sea Eagle!”

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GREAT FISHING, GREAT FAMILY in England’s Midlands

Here's FoldCat fisherman, Wayne Grewcock, with one big pike
Here’s FoldCat fisherman, Wayne Grewcock, with one big British pike!

One Big Pike

 “This fish is a pike I caught with my FoldCat on the River Trent this summer. It weighed 13 lbs which is big for where we caught it. British pike can grow up to 40 lbs but it is very rare. My son has caught one at 25 lbs.

It was a bright and sunny evening with no wind which is not very good for catching pike. But on this occasion this fish took my lure right next to the FoldCat and made me jump when it hit because I wasn’t expecting it. This fish pulled me and my son almost 20 yards upstream before we could land it.”

Wayne Grewcock is a licensed skipper, a dedicated fisherman, and a Sea Eagle FoldCat owner who lives in Ashby de la Zouch (prounounced “Zoosh”) in Liecestershire, England.

“I’ve boated for 20 years, mostly sea fishing,” says Wayne. “I have a skipper’s license but now I boat for pleasure.” And pleasure means three things for Wayne: fishing; fishing with his three sons, Wayne Jr., Keeran, and Michael; and taking his beautiful granddaughters, Elizabeth and Olivia, out for boat rides.

Here’s Wayne’s youngest son, Michael, out for a spin in Dad’s FoldCat. His loyal but furry companion is named Jack. Wayne says, “Jack will sit on that seat all day long. I’ll go out in the FoldCat if Jack will let me have a seat.”

Wayne’s youngest son, Michael, takes a spin in Dad’s FoldCat. His loyal but furry companion is named Jack. Wayne says, “Jack will sit on that seat all day long. I’ll go out in the FoldCat if Jack will let me have a seat.”

“The only boating I do these days is with my Sea Eagle FoldCat,” Wayne told us. “I fish mainly in rivers and canals in England’s Midlands.” You’ll frequently find Wayne on the River Trent, one of England’s major waterways. “The Trent is very fast and challenging,” says Wayne. It’s also unusual in that it flows north in the latter part of its course. Closer to home, Wayne boats and fishes nearby canals and the River Soar that’s “a lot slower but very deep – up to 16 feet deep,” says Wayne.

Big fish in England’s rivers & canals

Legend has it that King Richard III of England was “buried at sea” in the Soar. But Wayne’s not searching for the old king. “I’ve caught many fish including perch, chub, pike, and zander up to about 20 lbs,” Wayne tells us. Zander is a popular game fish in Europe, occasionally tipping the scales at over 40 lbs.

“Fishing is a way of life for me and my three sons.”

“I have 3 sons,” says Wayne, “all fishermen, so this little boat is out on the water five days a week for seven months of the year. Fishing is a way of life for me and my three sons. It’s a lovely way to spend personal time with each son. The challenge and sport of fishing – the desire to catch a bigger fish than last time — is addictive. I find boating and fishing so peaceful. I feel I’m part of the nature and wildlife around me, not an intruder.”

“The young man is Michael again with my grandchildren Elizabeth 8 and her sister Olivia 6, We were taking them for some pop and crisps at the pub down the canal for a treat.

We asked Wayne to tell us more about his experiences with the FoldCat. “My Sea Eagle FoldCat 375 has done many miles over the four years I’ve owned it. I use it mainly for fishing and occasionally take my grandchildren for a ride. I take it out whenever I can if my son’s dog, Jack, lets me have my seat. The FoldCat is a fantastic boat — so quick, simple, and reliable. And most of all it’s very robust.

I chose Sea Eagle because the price. I did some research on the internet and found some good reviews. The material you use for the tubes persuaded me to buy. And I chose the FoldCat because it’s easy to carry around and to transport, and for the quickness for getting in and out the water —  inflating and deflating. The swivel seats are comfortable and make it easy to turn around. And it’s stable in the water.

Fishing in canals – no waiting at locks

A lot of fishing in Britain is on canals where there are locks to go through. One of my sons can carry the FoldCat around so we don’t have to wait to go through the locks. The electric motor makes this boat so quiet, it helps you sneak up on fish which is a big bonus. The only thing my little boat lacks is an attachment for the seat for a cup holder and a small compartment for car keys and mobile phones etc.

The only FoldCat in England?

I have never seen another FoldCat in England but the interest we get when we’re on the water is unbelievable. People are fascinated. We get stopped so many times asking where it’s from and how much it costs. I would highly recommend it to my friends, relatives, and anybody else.”

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