18 mph on flat water!

Check this out...http://www.foilkayak.com/.

Be sure to watch the video. Very impressive, but no way it will work on anything but glass-smooth water.

Submitted by Raphael on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 3:24am

Hey if the surfers can use foil boards on monster waves so can OCs eventually. You should see some of the videos with Laird Hamilton on a foil based surfboard.

I can see the same principles being applied to an OC. It's just that no one has designed it yet. If it works on a Kayak it could be real cool on an OC-1 ;-)

#1 Mon, 08/13/2007 - 5:08am

It's my guess that the first Oc1 to ride a foil will have a small Ama foil and the main hull will lift on a wave from a foil mounted somewhere behind the paddler in the rear half of the oc1. A bow (front) mounted rudder will take over the steering duties at this point but the main hull will still remain in contact with the water at the bow, which most likely will have a unique shape probably a flattish "V" section on which to plane.

I doubt an Oc1 will ever ride on 3 foils, but a hybrid design like the one described above may work and allow greater speed downwind when riding a "wave train".

A single blade human propelled canoe just does not generate enough horsepower to produce the required lift on flat water, but with wave assistance on a bump and stability from a 3 point water contact, anything's possible.

Cheers Rambo

#2 Mon, 08/13/2007 - 12:30pm

Pittbrah, check this out..

wonder how fast you'd have to paddle to get up and going, but could you imagine the ride once you did?

(so when are you starting your design plans?? :)

#3 Mon, 08/13/2007 - 1:59pm

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