If an upcoming Indiegogo campaign goes as planned, there will soon be yet another folding boat on the market. Already we've got the Oru folding kayak, along with the Onak and MyCanoe folding canoes. The makers of the HYPAR kayak are hoping for similar success, with a boat that sports a unique design.
The HYPAR is made from pre-folded sheets of a honeycomb-structured corrugated polypropylene, which can reportedly stand up to at least 20,000 folding cycles without leaking. It can be carried (via included straps) like a backpack when in transit, and folds out into seaworthy form within a claimed three minutes.
The boat weighs approximately 8 kg (18 lb).
While its bow is like that of other kayaks, in that it slices into the water vertically, its wide flattened stern meets the surface horizontally. This gives the kayak a shape consisting of two counterpoised hyperbolic paraboloids, hence the name HYPAR. According to its designers, "The angle and shape of HYPAR was matched with water wake patterns, thereby reducing distortion and drag." Increased stability is said to be another advantage.
Although the boat is being promoted primarily as a kayak, it can also be reconfigured as a rowboat or sailboat, plus it can be paddled like a canoe. If you're interested in getting one, the Indiegogo project is scheduled to start on April 11th. The planned retail price is US$750.
In the meantime, you can see the HYPAR kayak in action, in the following video.