For those who didn’t follow the full ONAK foldable canoe its story, it might be best to check our original Kickstarter campaign-video and TIME magazine article as those couldn’t capture the essence behind ONAK in a simpler way:
With developing the ONAK canoe we found the solution to an age-old foldable canoe problem: stiffness & weight have a tremendous impact on a canoe’s padding characteristics, yet all previously developed foldable canoes are made from soft materials. With the ONAK canoe we could combine the best in stiff & light composite canoes with the foldable origami concept we so much needed for the sport to become more practical. Thanks to the composite srPP - honeycomb composite material and production techniques we developed, we were able to also bring down the price of such a high-performance canoe down to a level many consumers can afford.
Before we really started we already won the Bizidee award for best Businessplan of the year, and the Outdoor Industry Award for our concept. Thos both obviously allowed me to lead ONAK through an amazing Kickstarter campaign.
and there is more…
since launch we came to understand:
That our in-house developed material is strength-to-weight about 30% stronger than the material used in traditional aluminum canoes
Some avid-canoeist started to buy ONAK canoes because they are simply faster in performance on the water than similar priced classic canoes.
we even won more awards and had a raving review in the Kajakmagazin.
both empirical tests and a lot of customers feedback made me develop the ONAK 2.0
new for the ONAK 2.0:
+ wooden seats developed upon know-how by Freeranger Canoes; a high-end wood-core canoe builder. I only made the original design a little more adjustable, for enabling a better posture when paddling.
+ adjustments on the hull-shape for an even better stability & performance
+ Adjustments on the setup process make the boat much more easy to unfold. To the point that an insight-full client could do it without a manual:
new pulley-system on the straps
l straps always stay together, only tensioning and de-tensioning to do
designed away all the spots where the straps got into communicating vessel-systems
+ pneumatic wheels and a lighter wheel system for the trolley-system.
You can now visit the first prototype of this boat at the Designmuseum of Ghent, soon you’ll hopefully see it on the water.