K2 Kiteboat Helicopter shoot 6/5/14

The Kiteboat Project has existed in some form since 1997, when Don Montague first began attaching kites to boats. Between 1997 and 2006, Don worked with a team in Hawaii to develop kites for use with surfing canoes, small catamarans, and large motored cats; their accomplishments included wave-riding and several island crossings. Between 2006 and 2008, Don worked on modifying and testing the Trifoiler and Quadfoiler test platforms through Makani Power, a Bay Area wind power company that he co-founded in the fall of 2006. The current team began to take shape in late 2008, when the Kiteboat Project acquired funding from the Marine Science Technology Foundation and moved to its own workshop in Alameda. We have since secured other funding and have put together a team of marine architects, sailors, and software developers dedicated to realizing the Kiteboat vision through building and testing the first platform of its kind built specifically for kites.

more info on kiteboat.com

4 thoughts on “K2 Kiteboat Helicopter shoot 6/5/14

  1. I saw the K2 Kiteboat training on San Francisco Bay a few months back. Impressive to see first-hand. I was in my 320 HP Power boat and wanted to get close to shoot some video…..unfortunately those guys on the K2 Kiteboat were going so fast I couldn’t keep up or even catch them! The short video i did get was from 1+ miles away. Keep up the good work guys. It’s amazing to see what you have created.

    Judd

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  2. Shear fantic what they achieved with this Trimaran boat and the kite. I was in oostende in 1996 when Greens Kite from England landed their Katamaran on the belgian coast. They had crossed the Channel with their own biggest Parafoil kite. At those time there were no inflatable kites! And it was a big achievement and a little bit of luck too 🙂 as the kite was a pure beast!

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