This thing looks cool. But i wonder if it can handle saltwater. That's the true test of any craft. Saltwater is horrible on everything.
Finally, how would it compare to a waverunner or jetboat? Those things are hard to beat (although they smell).
MikeFairbanks wrote:5 knots is nothing to sneeze at on the water. That's 5.75 mph. The fastest a human has ever swam (according to my quick Google look-up) is 5.05 mph. That's actually pretty fast.
To put it in perspective, a person walking at 4mph is actually walking a brisk pace and can cover a mile in 15 minutes. That's not too bad.
Where I like to go (the Georgia barrier islands) the inlets are about a mile wide, but you have to be very careful when crossing them, regardless of the craft used. The tidal swings are intense (easily reaching 5 knots at times) and you can find yourself pulled out to sea or pulled pretty far inland.
Everytime I crossed I waited for the tide to hit its lowest and then paddled across (my kayak). When the tide first starts coming in it's relatively weak, and after a couple hours it comes on strong. I'd rather be overpowered by an incoming tide than an outgoing tide so as to be near a dock than out to sea.
If you want primitive camping and boating at its finest, Georgia is the place to be. You feel a hundred miles from civilization, but your cellphone still works. We have about twelve barrier islands (each only a mile off shore) and only three have real development and two have a few remaining residents, including a former slave colony that continues to this day (free, of course, but still fairly isolated). It's called Hog Hammock on Sapelo Island. There's also Cumberland Island with giant ruins from the 1920s and 1930s. People like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, etc. built mansions on Cumberland and then abandoned them over time. But you can still get there by private boat or the ferry.
MikeFairbanks wrote:That is really cool. If it's affordable I might be very interested.
MikeFairbanks wrote:Imagine a bimini top that is covered in solar panels.
That would be sweet.
StudEbiker wrote:Of course it is Bionx though and will be as proprietary as anything can get, so good luck charging from your solar panels. I'd be willing to bet that the Bionx system will not allow charge while the battery is in use. So you could probably park it somewhere and charge through an inverter, but man what pain.
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