28 March 2009

The "Flyak" - a kayak that "flies" on hydrofoils

Hydrofoils are like underwater wings that can lift the hull of a boat above the water and thereby markedly reduce frictional resistance to forward motion. The still image above shows how they can be attached to a kayak; beneath that is a video showing the remarkable speed that can be achieved with such a setup.

This is not a diversion for the weekend enthusiast; it obviously requires not only great paddling skill but also superb cardiovascular fitness.

Thanks, Christophe, for the link to the video!

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome idea for sea kayaks. Of course, I would like to see how they handle choppier waters.


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