Friday, January 26, 2007

clear blue hawaii: kayak

Clear Blue Hawaii's Napali kayak, the only transparent and foldable kayak in the world, enables enthusiast to skim the ocean’s surface like sea mammals. Designed in 2003 by New Zealander Murray Broom, it was voted one of the top twenty-five products by Fortune and one of the coolest inventions by Time magazine.
Polycarbonate the material used in bulletproof glass and fighter jet canopies has high performance features of high impact strength and complete transparency, allowing a kayaker to coexist in two visible ecological systems at once.
The idea evolved out of a shallow-water military surveillance project in May 2000. Made of military-grade, transparent urethane casing with a Kevlar frame, the Napali is corrosion-resistant, lightweight, and durable, and its narrow hull enables greater speed and less drag. The whole kayak weighs only twenty-six pounds, and, when folded, is small enough to fit into a backpack. The Napali is designed to be used by intermediate and experienced kayakers.
Clear Blue Hawaii's, based in Honolulu, has also diversified into travel bags and gear, including the Blue Sun Solarpac, which features a six-watt removable solar panel and can charge a cell phone in two hours.

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Blogger James said...

Wow, that is great. I want one. I wonder how durable it is.

9:55 AM  

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