|Source: Kiteboat Project|
The Kitefoiler is the vision of a group of dedicated boaties out of Alameda, California. They are attempting to help evolve waterborne transportation into the use of kite propulsion. There are a few advantages of kites over conventional sails, the biggest being a virtual elimination of heeling and pitching moments that a sail produces (the boat doesn’t tip). Couple that with the high efficiency of a hydrofoil and I’d say this group of researchers/boatbuilders is onto something good. Their goal is to see you flying a kite someday.
Check out a video of the Kitefoiler topping out at 36.3 knots (41.7 mph) in San Francisco Bay.
Source: The Kiteboat Project and Vimeo