The Test With Transparent Sea Kayak Design
For decades, the ability to view sea life without a
snorkel or expensive scuba gear has been limited to glass-bottom boat tours,
aquariums and if you were lucky enough, a submarine tour.
Huili is aiming to change
that and make the viewing experience for personal water vessels a full
360-degree experience with their two-passenger kayak.
Out of the the same
polycarbonate material used for fighter jet canopies and motorcycle
windshields, the lightweight boats allow a user to essentially ‘snorkel’
without the need for a mask or breathing apparatus.
The clear kayak is
supported by a removabable anodized aluminum internal frame, dual flotation
bladders and a three-quart water bailer. The modular boat design also allows
for add-ons to make kayaking in different conditions easier…such as an optional
outrigger system for choppy conditions.
Aside from the unique transparent quality, the kayak also
serves as an interesting material study for the limits of polycarbonate
plastic. While the ability to hold up as a canopy for fighter jets or
motorcycle windshields is an impressive feat for any transparent material,
neither application tests the material against a constant barrage of coral and
rock scratches that are likely to happen with a kayak…a kayak whose selling
point is a viewing experience, to be more specific.
Additional tests have included intense crashing against rocky
shorelines, 20 ft drops, hammer blows and an ejection from a vehicle at 70 mph.