|“Dear Sea Eagle,
It was great talking to you today about our Sea Eagle…The pictures are of our Holiday Cove Yacht Club, Duane & myself, & Our fellow HCYC trip to the Manatee…Life is good…we are so grateful for the life that Sea Eagle has opened up for us.
Thank You, Sharon & Duane
Sharon and Duane Slottje spend their summers in upstate New York and winters in Florida. And when they’re down south they’re part of what they call, “Our own Sea Eagle Navy!”
They have a great spot for their RV at Holiday Cove at Bradenton, Florida. “We’re just a mile from the Gulf of Mexico,” says Sharon. “There’s a canal behind the park that gives us easy access to the Intercostal Waterway.” She adds, “We didn’t get a drop of oil with last year’s oil spill in the gulf. We were very lucky.”
The Slottjes tow their 33-foot fifth wheel RV to Florida behind their pickup truck. “It takes about 22 or 23 hours,” says Sharon. The Sea Eagle’s easy to transport,” she adds. “We just fold it up and put it in the back seat of our truck. And we put the outboard motor in the back of the truck by the fifth wheel hookup.”
Holiday Cove Yacht Club
When they pull in the park around noon the third day, they’re among friends – other Sea Eagle owners who make up the Holiday Cove Yacht Club. “There are five or six couples in our park who own Sea Eagles,” Sharon tells us. “One from Alaska, from Virginia, Ohio, and all over. We’ve created our own Sea Eagle Navy!”
It all started with one couple. “They had a Sea Eagle and we thought it looked like a lot of fun so we got one,” says Sharon. “It just spread from there and other couples bought Sea Eagles, too. Last summer, through emails with everyone, we had the flag designed and printed up.” Now the whole Sea Eagle flotilla sports “Holiday Cove Yacht Club” flags.
It’s quite a sight to see half a dozen couples in identical Sea Eagles making their way as a group down the Intercostal Waterway. “We get a lot of questions and comments,” says Sharon. “We went up the Manatee River and pulled up on shore. So many people came up and said ‘Wow, this is so cool, where did you get these boats?’ We tell people our Sea Eagle gives us a way to go different places. We go all over as a group, shelling, to waterside restaurants, hanging out at different beaches. Sometimes we’ll just hook onto each other, put an anchor down, and hang out. We go on great adventures.”
“Our group loves to boat to the Mar Vista Restaurant on the Intercoastal Waterway,” says Sharon. We’ll do a little exploring into different canals. Then we go to Beer Can Island at the end of Long Boat Key and have picnic lunches or just hang out with our coolers. We go shelling and just have a wonderful time.”
Like a bat out of you-know-where
The Slottjes chose the Sea Eagle Sport Runabout. “It’s perfect for 4 people. When our kids come down they can go out with us. We take neighbors and friends with us, too.” Sharon adds that it planes easily with a 20HP outboard motor. “We’ve hit some three and four foot swells and I have no fear. It’s very stable. I feel very safe.” But is it ‘the sports car of the sea’ that Sea Eagle claims it is? “It goes like a bat out of you-know-where,” said Duane.
“What are the wheels for?”
“People ask us ‘What are the wheels for?’,” says Sharon. “We have a bike rack on the back of our truck and hook the boat to the rack with the wheels down.” Then they can drive it the 300 yards or so down to the launch without any effort at all. Sharon puts “wheels up” and they’re off on their next adventure.
Duane and Sharon have adult kids, and grandkids, too. “Our whole family just has so much fun when they came down here to visit,” says Sharon. “They have a ball. Jeremy gets to go fishing with his dad, our grandkids get to go and look for shells.”
“We have to pinch ourselves”
Sharon summed it all up. “We don’t have any problems with the Sea Eagle. We are just so happy with it. It’s opened an avenue for us for adventure. We do a lot of kayaking and biking but this is just so much fun. Our Navy group is great. I just can wait to take our Sea Eagle on New York State’s Finger Lakes when we get back home!”
Summers in the Northeast, winters in the Florida, great fun on the water with family and friends. “We have to pinch ourselves to think we have this kind of life.”