Ben, Dana, and RJ blog about cruising and trailer-boating with a baby (now toddler) aboard our Four Winns 268 Vista, Seapickle II. Explore our Trip Logs for more on our adventures boating Lake Michigan (Michigan, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin coasts), the North Channel of Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, inland lakes, and more! Thanks for joining us.
We were searching for a dinghy to use on our up coming North Channel
trip this summer, but couldn't find one small enough to stow. Our boat
just doesn't have the room to comfortably stow a dinghy, gas can, and
outboard motor so we needed something we could paddle easily, be rugged,
and be able to inflate/deflate quickly. We decided on a Sea Eagle 420 Explorer
inflatable kayak and, as luck would have it, found one posted locally on Craigslist at 1/3 the price of new!
It inflates in less than 10 minutes, fits in a custom carrying bag, and
has a 900 lb capacity!
Dana picking her spot and practicing her paddling technique
Unloaded and inflated in just a few minutes!
It may be January and the water only 35 degrees, but we couldn't wait til spring to sea-trial our new inflatable kayak. We stopped at two lakes prior to the marina to test our new toy only to find they were frozen! The marina has a switching current that keeps it from freezing a little later than other bodies of water.
While paddling around our marina we saw our friends from D dock Ron and Kelly, as well as Greg from B dock! This really came as no surprise to us considering we often take walks throughout the winter at the marina. I guess we do whatever we can to fight off this depressing time in a boater's life called winter.
The kayak tracks straight, paddles with ease, and feels unbelievably stable. We look forward to many hours of enjoyment from our Lil' Pickle.