How to Turn an Inflatable Kayak into a Sailboat

Our Sea Eagle kayak makes a fun and very portable sailboat with a sail kit from It’s compact enough that we can carry it inside our camper van, and take a sailboat on our overland adventures without having to tow a trailer.

As a sailboat, it’s not high-performance but sails pretty well and it can tack upwind because of the leeboards that hang off the sides and take the place of a keel. This video was the first time we used the outriggers and they do make for a more comfortable ride with less heeling over, but they also add some drag. We probably wouldn’t use them in light wind, but we were glad to have them on this day with gusts up to 20 knots.