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

LAKE TAHOE CIRCLE TOUR — 8 Days & 72 Miles in a Sea Eagle FastTrack 385

Blog readers, you may remember Tim Middleton and his canine companion, Ki (Pronounced “Kee”) from an earlier post on our blog. When Tim’s first article posted, this man-and-dog duo was happily adventuring in Tim’s Sea Eagle FastTrack 385. And they’re … Continue reading LAKE TAHOE CIRCLE TOUR — 8 Days & 72 Miles in a Sea Eagle FastTrack 385

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

CREATURES OF THE KUZURYU — Kayaking unknown waters in rural Japan

“I stopped paddling. The boat glided in perfect silence. I strained hard, scanning the depths. There was something down there. And it was moving. Deep down, just on the very limits of visibility, a large, dark form glided beneath me.” — from “For Fukui’s Sake — Two years in rural Japan” by Sam Baldwin. At Sea Eagle, we hear regularly from all kinds of boaters from weekend warriors to those dedicated souls best described as “adventurers.” We spoke recently with hiker, backpacker, author, and boater, Sam Baldwin, about his kayaking adventures in his Sea Eagle 330 in the wilds of backcountry Japan. Where bears … Continue reading CREATURES OF THE KUZURYU — Kayaking unknown waters in rural Japan

KAYAKING 2,300 MILES on the MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI — They boated every inch of America’s most famous river

“Hey, Phillip, let’s take a boat trip down the entire length of the Mississippi River!” So began a remarkable Huck Finn-style river voyage by two self- described adventurers, travelers, and videographers. Ryan Jeanes’ casual remark to his business partner, Phillip Hullquist, planted the seed that grew into the duo’s three month odyssey from one end of America’s most iconic river to the other — a 2,300 mile river adventure from the Mississippi’s headwaters in Minnesota to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico…and resulted in their full length documentary movie, “The River is Life”. “What’s stopping YOU?” Many people may dream … Continue reading KAYAKING 2,300 MILES on the MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI — They boated every inch of America’s most famous river

ECO-ADVENTURE BY BIKE & KAYAK – An Unstoppable Combination

His kayak carries his BIKE across water, then his bike carries his KAYAK across the land! 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 … Continue reading ECO-ADVENTURE BY BIKE & KAYAK – An Unstoppable Combination

FOLDCAT PRODUCT REVIEW — hands-on observations by a FoldCat 440fc boater

We recently received a very thoughtful and thorough hands-on review of our 4-man Sea Eagle FoldCat 440fc from Jay Adkins, of Valdosta, GA. Here are Jay’s candid observations after receiving, test-assembling, and taking the FoldCat out on the water. “I … Continue reading FOLDCAT PRODUCT REVIEW — hands-on observations by a FoldCat 440fc boater

GREAT RV CAMPING & SEA EAGLE FISHING IN FLORIDA — “We love it!” says this happy couple

“To say we LOVE our new Sea Eagle 8 is an understatement! Since we do a lot of camping at fresh water lakes and rivers, we decided Sea Eagle would be the right boat so we ordered the SE 8 with the Fisherman’s Dream Package. It came complete with Minn Kota electric motor, oars, pump, seats and motor mount.” Fishing’s their thing “Now we get to do some trolling and have fished in areas that were too far to paddle. We’ve caught more fish and cruised more areas than we ever thought possible. People we meet comment on how much they … Continue reading GREAT RV CAMPING & SEA EAGLE FISHING IN FLORIDA — “We love it!” says this happy couple

HARD HULL vs. INFLATABLE Sea Eagle? — Phyllis shares her experience with both

Phyllis Williams shared her Manatee adventure on our blog recently. Now she’s back again comparing her experiences with hard hull kayaks and her inflatable Sea Eagle FastTrack.  Phyllis compares hard hull boats & inflatable Sea Eagles… “I had a 16’ kayak and a 9’ rec boat. The kayak was heavy, and the rec boat filled up with water too easily.  People with hard hull kayaks are curious about my FastTrack. They say they prefer the speed of a hard hull but I stay a right with them. And I don’t worry about tipping and rolling. They watch me and see … Continue reading HARD HULL vs. INFLATABLE Sea Eagle? — Phyllis shares her experience with both