Folding canoe can go get stuffed – in a bag
Canoeing may indeed be a lot of fun, but the boats themselves aren't exactly made for being stored in small spaces, or transported via small cars. That's why MyCanoe was created. It folds up like origami and can be carried in a couple of bags, yet reportedly only takes about 10 minutes to be made seaworthy.
The TUV-certified canoe's main body is made of 5-mm double-layer UV-treated polypropylene, which is said to be good for at least 20,000 fold cycles.
Including some plastic and aluminum supporting bits and pieces, such as its gunwales, end caps and ribs, the whole thing weighs 52 lb (24 kg) and measures 14.7 ft (4.5 m) when folded out. It's made to carry two passengers, as long as they don't have a combined weight exceeding 440 lb (200 kg), which is its maximum capacity.
MyCanoe has been around in prototype form since at least 2015, although it's just recently become the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$840 will get you one, when and if it reaches production – that doesn't include paddles, or the stabilizers seen in some of the photos. The planned retail price is $1,400.
It can be seen in use, in the video below.
And should you wish to shop around, you might also want to check out the similarly origami-like Onak canoe. If kayaks are more your thing, then you may like the Oru.
Sources: MyCanoe, Kickstarter
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