Oh, it was beautiful. We fell in love and bought a second home in Ajijic, Mexico. It was right on the magical Chapala Lake. Chapala is a gorgeous 15-mile wide lake on which a large American community is situated. It was a perfect winter retreat for us. But once we started living on the lake, I wanted to enjoy it. I wanted to be able to partake in some water sports.
Here’s the bad news— there aren’t sporting goods stores on every corner in Mexico, and I couldn’t find one to buy a good sailboat from. We didn’t want to drag a trailer and sailboat through customs; it was just too much money, too much hassle, and too much paperwork.
“Maybe,” I thought, “there is some sort of floating device that could give us the feeling of being on a sailboat out on a beautiful lake.” It didn’t have to be big, just something for one to three people that could fit in the back of the truck.
That’s when I came across the Sea Eagle PaddleSki 395, an inflatable sailboat. It probably wouldn’t fit in a car, but it’s perfect for a pickup truck (which is what we were driving down).
It certainly wasn’t cheap, but it was convenient and didn’t require a full boat trailer. We’ve now had the Sea Eagle at our sunny Mexican home for over a year now. My husband and I love to go out sailing and enjoy the year-round 70-degree weather.
We even sail over to our friend’s homes for lunch. This is the coolest little boat we’ve ever had. And it is almost as comfortable as a real sailboat. For the use we get out of our Sea Eagle, I think it’s probably worth it.
Am I Worried About Punctures?
Not really; this boat is made of very durable material. I think that as long as you store it in a dry shady area like we do, you won’t have a problem for several years, especially if you just take it out on camping trips.