From captain Yossarian to Corporal Klinger, Hollywood always seems to send its military deserters to sea in rubber rafts that inflate with the yank of a cord. Sure, it's funny to watch someone scrambling into a life raft as it fills with air, but if you want to ride the waves in a compact, portable and truly seaworthy craft, then the Alu-Lite folding kayak may be what you've been searching for.
Made by Klepper, of Rosenheim, Germany, the Alu-Lite is built for recreational sea kayaking and takes about 20 minutes to put together. Weighing only 39 pounds, the kayak consists of an aluminum frame, a synthetic rubber hull and a deck made from waterproof Egyptian cotton. It's 13 feet, 1 inch long when fully assembled and comes apart to fit into a suitcase-sized 42 by 28 by 8 inches. The Alu-Lite retails for $1,980. For more information, visit Klepper at www.klepperusa.com or call 800-500-2404.