Vickie Estep, of Peachtree, Georgia, emailed us recently with photos and a glowing note about how much she enjoys boating in her Sea Eagle 330 Sport Kayak. Only upon speaking with Vickie did we learn that the relaxation she enjoys through boating in her Sea Eagle is a key part of her recovery from cancer.
Stress relief is essential
“Relieving stress and having some form of relaxation is very important for any cancer survivor,” Vickie told us. “Relaxation plus exercise, health, fitness, and diet are all very instrumental.” Vickie chose boating and says, “Boating is absolutely helping my recovery from cancer.”
Vickie has run a daycare center for the last 18 years. “Taking care of kids all day long can be very stressful at times. Being able to jump in the car and run to the lake and go paddling for awhile, keeping quiet, looking at and enjoying Nature, is very peaceful and relaxing for me. It’s the way I relieve stress.”
“Of all the boats I’ve owned, this is my favorite.”
She bikes and hikes, too, but boating was a natural choice for Vickie. “Boating is something I’ve always done. My family had a lake house when I was growing up so I was always around the water,” she says. “I love water.” She explained further, “I’ve had power boats, ski boats, and canoes. But this time I wanted something I could handle on my own. I need to exercise and the Sea Eagle was perfect.”
“The maneuverability of an inflatable is great,” says Vickie. “I need something I can handle on my own and this works. Of all the boats I’ve had, this really is my favorite. That’s why I wrote to you. I very rarely write any company but I’m really impressed with the Sea Eagle. It’s my favorite because it’s so convenient, so maneuverable, it does what I need it to do, it gets me in and out of the same places my son goes in his hard hull kayak. He was skeptical about my Sea Eagle when I got it but when we took our first trip together he said, ‘Mom, that’s pretty cool.’”
Like so many shoppers, Vickie went online to research boats. “I was looking at inflatables online. The reviews of Sea Eagle boats are great, the testimonials on your site are great, and I said, ‘OK, that’s what I’m going to go for.’ I got my 330 and it’s so easy to carry, inflate, and maneuver in the water. It’s perfect for me.” She added, “My son has hard hull kayaks and big racks on his car. He has to strap everything down. I just throw my Sea Eagle in the trunk. It’s just great.”
“I Googled ‘inflatable boats’ and ended up on a site that recommended Sea Eagle. I compared it to other inflatables and it seemed like a good value. Sea Eagles come with everything — oars, seats, pump, repair kit, everything. And everything fits in one bag that can go in my trunk. That’s perfect. Other inflatables don’t include everytingt – you have to buy everything separately. With Sea Eagle, I just had to buy a life jacket.”
“I’m going for the tranquility”
A friend saw Vickie’s 330 and ordered one, too. Now they go boating together on the nearby Chattahooche River. “It’s flat water with just one or two shoals. That’s why I prefer it. I’m going for the tranquility. As a breast cancer survivor, I need to de-stress. The tranquility is what I’m after. On a recent boat trip, we saw only 4 people in 8 miles in the river. I like the tranquility and peace and quiet. You get to see lots of wildlife and it helps me de-stress.”
Vickie’s an enthusiastic Sea Eagle owner, too. “I brag about my Sea Eagle every time it go out and I’ve probably sold 10 or more for you. It never fails. Recently, a couple and their child came up and asked about it. They said they’d seen ads for Sea Eagle but asked if they can trust the ads. I said, ‘Absolutely!’’
We asked Vickie if she had any regrets. “I only wish I’d gotten it a long time ago,” she said. “I’d have gotten one earlier if I’d known about it!”
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Vickie: I’m a brain cancer survivor and got my Sea Eagle 370 just today (10-26-2012) it goes in the water first thing in the morning. The rest of the world can get along with out me for a few hours. I live in Florida and their are a LOT of lakes and streams calling my name. LOL A pot of coffee, a good book and my Sea Eagle – Life is GOOD.
I am wanting to talk to someone that is my approximate size about these kayaks..kayaks are of course very easy to tip over,and I’m just wondering how sturdy/.stable these kayaks are..I am 6′..250lbs….
Hi, Edd. Inflatables – at least the big 380SX I used to paddle when I lived back east (unfortunately there’s not much water here in the desert, but that’s why they call it the desert) was nothing like a tippy hard shelled kayak. It was very stable. I used to take it out all sorts of places, the Long Island Sound the ocean off the coast, Fire Island Sound, rivers, ponds, and lakes – and I’ve been caught out in high wind and storms too – and an inflatable is not the best boat to have in those conditions but I lived to tell about it! I’m not as big as you are. I’m 6′ 230, pretty top heavy with broad shoulders and short legs. Keep your center of gravity low when you are in a kayak or canoe, like an indian, and you should be OK. I sure was. We need to get a boat that’s big enough for us, though. – Larry
PS Uh oh…I just noticed the dates on these posts…
i don’t think so…is this true ?
Michael: What does your comment mean ?
I have the 330 and an older 14SR that I’ve bee crabbing in for years. Sea Eagle really is the best…..
what is your size Bill? ..and would you say the kayak is stable enough for a 6’250 lb guy?..