Owned by Pocket area residents and entertainers Jack G. and Brenda Payne, the Sea Eagle is herself a very popular entertainer.
A sight to behold, the pirate ship-like vessel never disappoints its onlookers as she draws attention to herself through her very detailed, artistic appearance.
With its many features that result in “oohs” and “aahs” from its observers each time it sails, this one-of-a-kind, custom yacht is like an art show on water.
These artistic features include hand-carved wood in various forms and images, including a pirate-type character, a bald eagle and tropical designs, brass and bronze additions, heavy duty teak toe rails, custom, mahogany splash rails and of course, large sails with a skull and crossed cutlasses image and a cannon.
And a brief description of the Sea Eagle’s features only begins to capture the essence of this highly detailed and well-designed yacht. Only those who have had the opportunity of witnessing this vessel in person can truly begin to understand the sort of time and care that has gone into creating it.
As a sort of celebrity of the Sacramento River, Bay Area waters and more, the Sea Eagle continues to attract new fans on a regular basis, Brenda explained.
“I’m really quite proud of Sea Eagle,” Brenda said. “She is such a special boat. We will be out sailing in San Francisco Bay and we will see people all the way on the other side of the bay, which is a long way away. They will turn in their boats and sail across the bay to look at us and say, ‘Argh.’ That’s the funny thing is they come over and say, ‘Argh.’”
Although the story of Sea Eagle began with its birth in 1969, the 26-foot-long yacht has undoubtedly evolved to have a much more detailed appearance through the many hours that Jack G. and his father, Jack A. Payne, have dedicated to this vessel.
This work includes Jack G.’s design of the sail and Jack A.’s custom artwork on the Sea Eagle’s stern.
Considering that Jack G. and his wife are accustomed to being showcased as entertainers, the attention that the Sea Eagle brings to their life is just one more way of being on stage.
Working as The Sensational Saxons and presenting their unicycle riding-juggling act and magic performances, the couple’s stages have been both big and small.
Among Jack G. and Brenda’s most notable performances was their work as opening acts for big names like Bob Hope, Regis Philbin, Phyllis Diller and Ellen Degeneres.
As a showman, Jack G. enjoys entertaining his friends and others on occasions by wearing a pirate-type costume aboard the Sea Eagle, thus making him a real life Captain Jack.
Although Jack G. enjoys dressing up in pirate attire and Brenda speaks highly of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Brenda explained that she prefers not to be associated with real pirates; instead opting for the term privateer.
“I will never approve of real pirates, because they weren’t good people,” Brenda said. “They really were bad guys. On the other hand, the privateers, they were mean dudes and they still went and took the goods from other sailing vessels, but they actually were sailing under the flag of a country.”
As a bit of trivia, Brenda added that the skull and cross bones-type image on the yacht’s sails were designed prior to the release of any “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.
“This (yacht) was being designed and put together long before those movies, so this has nothing to do with the Pirates of the Caribbean,” Brenda said.
But of course, as entertainers, Jack G. and Brenda enjoy the added attention that these films have brought to the Sea Eagle.
And despite what one might believe, the Sea Eagle has not been void of a movie-like, pirate-type battle on the water.
Instead, the yacht, as Brenda explained, once encountered a brief battle on the Sacramento River.
“We were going by (another pirate-like vessel, the Hawaiian Chieftain), so I pulled out our little, wooden cannon and waved it at them and they fired at us,” Brenda said. “Seriously, I have pictures of the Hawaiian Chieftain firing at us. Is that too cool? I loved it.”
Jack G. and Brenda’s love for sailing together throughout the 40 years of their marriage has led them to sailing adventures in such places as the Atlantic and Pacific U.S. coasts, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the waters of Tahiti, New Zealand, Pago Pago and Hawaii.
And although the Sea Eagle is not the Paynes’ first sailing vessel and perhaps it will not be their last, of all the boats that the couple has owned, no boat receives more attention than the Sea Eagle.
Brenda explained that this draw to the Sea Eagle is due to its extremely unique appearance.
“I’ve seen boats literally all over the world, but I’ve never seen a boat more unique than Sea Eagle,” Brenda said. “I’ve seen some that are cute like the Hawaiian Chieftain, but none as unique as the Sea Eagle.”
For additional information and to view more photographs of Sea Eagle, visit the Web link http://www.yachtpals.com/seaeagle.