The world is full of places that are perfect for sailing but far from a yacht marina. Consider the thousands of perfect mountain lakes, desert islands, and outsized hotel swimming pools. If you can get a kayak on your Outback, you might enjoy a respectable float, but you won’t be sailing. For that, you need your own personal Pequod, a pocket-yacht . . . a Tiwal.
The Tiwal 3 is an inflatable and fully functional sailboat, able to carry two adults for open-water adventures. More impressively, two adults are able to carry the Tiwal 3, since it breaks down into two bags of just under five feet long and 16 by 14 inches square. They won’t fit into the overhead bin on your next flight to Palau, and they weigh 62 pounds apiece, so checking them as luggage will be a fairly spendy proposition, but it beats trailering a Hobie Cat.
For sailors dedicated to testing new waters, it’s become indispensable, and it’s relatively affordable, with prices starting at $5,200. A Popeye sailor’s cap, because you’re going to need one, will add about 17 bucks.