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Innovative nested-storable and divisible Polynesian canoe

Country of origin:
Country: 
ITALY
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOIT20171003001
Published
03/10/2017
Last update
24/10/2017
Expiration date
24/10/2018

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Vacuum/ High Vacuum Technology
Sports and Leisure
Sporting goods, hobby equipment and athletics clothes
Sport facilities (gyms and clubs)
Other transportation
Manufacture of sports goods
Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.
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Summary

Summary: 
An Italian group of experts has developed a nested-storable, divisible and transportable canoe: the first single seated Va’a (Polynesian canoe) whose hull can be divided into three parts and compact nested into a portable trolley for storage and transportation. Developers are interested in both manufacturing and technical cooperation agreements.

Description

Description: 

The product developed in Italy is the first divisible, nested-storable and transportable Polynesian canoe in the world. The product represents the synthesis of modern technology and design based on traditional Polynesian knowledge and construction. Polynesian canoe (Va’a type) is a particular canoe composed by a central hull attached to a floater fixed to the hull by two lateral appendages.
The Italian product is the first single seated Va’a, whose hull can be divided into three parts and compact nested into a portable trolley for storage and transportation. Total length under 3 meters enables aerial transport as extra luggage.
The product represents a recognized racing canoe (international canoe federation) and it is explicitly designed to facilitate canoeing for people with disabilities.
Concept, and Design are made in Italy by renown experts in the nautical field. All materials are innovative and conceived in detail to meet the specific needs of any athlete.

Two different types of construction are possible:
- "extreme" construction, made with carbon and kevlar fibre. Suitable for high-level paddler (racing), for professional paddler with disabilities as well.
- "racing plus" construction, made with carbon and glass fibre. Heavier and easier model, cheaper, suitable for learning activities and for person with disabilities who paddles for the first time

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
- Easy transportation: the canoe small size allows transport by small cars, busses, trains or airplanes. Furthermore a total length under 3 meters also enables aerial transport as extra luggage, accepted by many airlines; - Innovative design: a really innovative design combined with new technical features makes the canoe easly usable in any environment or condition, by making the product really unique; - a great navigation stability combined with high speed (lightweight and fast then); - all materials composing the canoe are highly innovative and concepted in detail to meet the specific needs of any athlete. The product is a recognized racing canoe (international canoe federation) and it is explicitly designed to facilitate canoeing for people with disabilities.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Project already started

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Italian developers are interested in finding out manufacturers for their canoe, able to produce a certain number of canoes so promoting the product in new areas and markets. Aiming at improving the product properties and the used materials technical cooperation agreements are sought as well