50 Years of Selling Inflatable Boats – Part 1 – The Early Years

By Cecil Hoge It is remarkable for any business to survive for any extended period in this age of endless changes and¬†endless challenges. To survive 10 or 20 years is an accomplishment. To survive longer is more remarkable and to have survived 50 years borders on the mystical. No matter. It is with great pride that I can say that I am, and our business¬†is, in its 50th year of continuously selling inflatable boats. Given that fact, I would like to provide a kind of personal history of our company. The Early Years When I started in my father’s business … Continue reading 50 Years of Selling Inflatable Boats – Part 1 – The Early Years

My Solar Powered FishSkiff

  By Cecil Hoge, President of Sea Eagle Boats, Inc. Several years ago I wrote a blog story called, “My Solar Power Dream”. In it, I outlined my efforts to create a solar-powered boat that really worked. That experiment was more dream than reality. At the time, I had put a solar panel on an inflatable sailing catamaran and hooked it up to a lithium battery that powered a Torqeedo electric motor. In the years leading up to that experiment, I had tried a number of solar panels, most of which did very little. On my sailing catamaran, I hooked … Continue reading My Solar Powered FishSkiff

PADDLING WITH SEALS – Winter Paddling and the Ever Changing Scenery

By Cecil Hoge I paddle pretty much all year round. Since I live on the water this is not very difficult to do; I just have to walk about 100 feet to the water. The other day this feller (he or she, I am not sure which) greeted me on my dock. I am fairly used to seeing seals out in one of the bays in the middle of winter, but I must admit that I was quite surprised to find this feller taking a break on my dock. Aside from the relatively short period when the bay is frozen … Continue reading PADDLING WITH SEALS – Winter Paddling and the Ever Changing Scenery

My Solar Power Dream

I started experimenting with solar panels about 10 years ago. I bought various solar panels from West Marine and other sources to “trickle charge” my 12 volt, deep cycle lead acid battery. At the time I was using a MinnKota Rip Tide 55 electric motor. The MinnKota motor was extremely reliable, totally resistant to salt water, but it delivered very little power – I often was unable to motor against a high wind or a strong tide in the bays near my home. In addition, the MinnKota was pretty heavy, especially when you considered the 50 lb. weight of the … Continue reading My Solar Power Dream