SWFL man takes eco-friendly twist to fishing

Posted at 11:15 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 14:21:24-04

A Southwest Florida man is hoping his solar powered paddle board can help reduce water pollution. 

James Chapman created the "Bay Glider", a solar powered motorized paddle board, to fish in Southwest Florida waters where motorized boats are prohibited.

"I really just wanted a platform to be able to fish and that's all we really want to do," said Chapman.

What started as Chapman's personal project  to reduce noise and water pollution while fishing has developed into a company called Psydon Watercrafts.

The 41-inch fiber glass board runs strictly on solar power and can provide up to 8 hours of riding on a full charge.

"With the solar panel attached and the battery you're able to be out on the water for 5-8 hrs with good sun like we have today," said Chapman.

Currently the Chapman has only developed one Bay Glider, but he plans to create more for retail.

"Anybody who loves nature, anybody that's out and about and really enjoys seeing the birds and quiet life in a responsible way this is the way they want to do it," said Chapman.