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Pete FloodBy Pete Flood
First created
Pete FloodBy Pete Flood
First created
$19,035
pledged of $62,000 goal
37
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, April 10 2018 3:00 PM UTC +00:00

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Proof of Concept

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Lots of folks are spending more time outdoors these days, growing a stronger appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet. With 73% of the Earth’s surface covered by water, just imagine the benefits of having a light weight, super durable, comfortable, versatile boat. Now also imagine it easily folds into a convenient pack that fits on your back, so you can take and store it anywhere you want to go. With a simple assembly that takes 4 minutes or less, you're ready to explore. This is that boat - the Coho. Hassle free access to the water anywhere. And with your support, we’ll be able to launch this next and best generation of folding boats!

 This newly designed boat measures just 16" wide, and 37” long when packed away in its backpack (included). Assembled, this portable boat weighs just 21 lbs and measures 9’-3” long with a 30” beam. The shallow draft and low center of gravity make for a very stable boat that paddles at a decent pace with very little effort.

Traveling lake to lake in Norway
Traveling lake to lake in Norway

There's no need for an expensive roof rack or a garage for storage. It's perfect for apartment or condo dwellers. Travel anywhere with this boat. Plenty of room for packing extra things inside the backpack when checking in with commercial airlines too. 

 EVERY part of the boat’s internal aircraft grade aluminum frame is already inside the boat's “skin”, so there are no loose parts to keep track of. On the flip side, everything also folds up inside the boat skin when you're done, making it clean and easy to pack up. The patented Butterfly Frame is super simple and quick to assemble. Once you slide all eight sleeves, four in the bow and four in the stern, you simply open the boat from side to side and lock in place. All-in-all, this is your new favorite-portable-exploration-adventure-ready water craft. 

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This "skin on frame" boat has a patented internal aircraft grade aluminum butterfly frame which remains inside the boat’s super tough fabric skin during assembly and disassembly. The internal frame is set between pairs of airtubes that inflate with an air pump (included) to compress the frame to the skin to make a rigid structure. These airtubes also provide shock absorption and flotation. What makes this boat different is that this wicked cool internal frame pops open from side to side for a quick and easy assembly that takes just 4 minutes or less. EVERYTHING, (including the seat) folds up inside the Coho’s high tenacity polyester TPU fabric skin.

The super tough custom fabrics we use for the boat's skin are made with high tenacity polyester threads that are coated with urethane. Urethane is much lighter, more durable, and greener to produce than PVC. We follow strict ASTM testing methods to ensure the very best tear, puncture, and abrasion resistance for our fabrics. We use a Radio Frequency Welding process (no glue) to weld the fabrics to each other. These Thermal Polyester Urethane (TPU) fabrics remain durable and pliable even in cold weather. 

We have been testing production prototypes for more than a year now with great results. All of the tooling is already made for RF Welding the seams to our custom made high tenacity polyester urethane coated fabrics that make up the boats tough outer skin. 

The Coho Folding Kayak was conceived out of necessity. Having spent torturous hours hauling heavier boats around trying to access places where boats typically wouldn’t be found was exhausting and limiting. After many, many, prototypes and two patents we have produced a true skin-on-frame portable folding boat designed to be multi-purpose, and easy to assemble. 

Paddle tandem with your children!
Paddle tandem with your children!

We really need your support to keep the design evolution alive. If we are successful, our plans for the future include a shop on the Cape Fear River here in NC to build our boats from stem to stern to better serve our users. We also have a longer, slimmer, lighter, faster, kayak in the design stages which will utilize the butterfly frame concept for a 3-4 minute assembly time. This boat has true stems in the bow and stern and will track beautifully. We should be prototype testing this new design in about 10 months.   

BF Patent Drawing #10
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A boat for the whole family.
A boat for the whole family.
Pete Flood, Founder of the Folding Boat Co
Pete Flood, Founder of the Folding Boat Co
          

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Risks and challenges

We have been working towards this moment for two years now. We've done everything we can to make sure the rewards offered here are fulfilled on time. The production prototype boats are proven. All of the injection molds for our Delrin plastic parts have been made. Our custom made high tenacity polyester fabric specifications are set and the tooling required to RF weld the fabric seams is ready to go. The US Coast Guard has reviewed this boat and provided us with our Manufacturers Identification Code to be used in the Hull identification Number for each individual boat. We are ready to deliver. All we need is your support to launch the Coho and we're in business!

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    Every little helps! From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! We will give you a well deserved shout out on our social media and every mountain top we can yell from!

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    Folding Boat Co T-Shirts

    "Have Boat Will Travel" T-shirts with the Folding Boat Co logo and a sticker.

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    Folding Boat Co T-Shirt and Hat

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    Astral PFD

    The V-8 PFD by Astral, this life jacket is super comfortable and ideal for use with our boats. Don't go boating without one!

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    Early Bird Special: K-Pak Folding Boat

    Our original, super durable, 21 pound, 5 minute assembly, K-Pak model boat with insertable cross frames. This "skin on frame" boat has an internal aircraft grade aluminum frame which remains inside the RF welded, custom made high tenacity polyester TPU fabric boat skin during assembly and disassembly. The internal frame is set between pairs of airtubes that inflate with an air pump (included) to compress the frame to the skin to make a rigid structure. These airtubes also provide shock absorption and flotation. This boat comes in its own backpack with seat, air pump, instructions, and repair kit. Normally $885, this a great deal!

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    The "Coho" Folding Kayak

    This will be the best deal ever for our brand new boat , the Coho, with the patented “butterfly frame” which debuts right here and now! This "skin on frame" boat has an IMPROVED internal aircraft grade aluminum frame which remains inside the boat’s super tough fabric skin during assembly and disassembly. Like the original K-Pak, the internal frame is set between pairs of airtubes that inflate with an air pump (included) to compress the frame to the skin to make a rigid structure. These airtubes also provide shock absorption and flotation. What makes this boat different is that this wicked cool internal frame pops open from side to side for a quick and easy assembly that takes just 4 minutes or less. EVERYTHING, (including the seat) folds up inside the Coho’s high tenacity polyester TPU fabric skin. Still just 21 pounds but folds slimmer for storage in the backpack that comes with the boat. The Coho also comes with a comfortable seat, air pump, instructions, and repair kit.

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    The "Coho" Folding Kayak & Camo Cover

    A brand new Coho Folding Kayak with our patented butterfly frame for quick and easy assembly plus a custom made camouflage cover that slips over the assembled boat in seconds. The camouflage covered boat is great for wildlife photography, fishing, and hunting, perfect for remote or hard to get to places. With the Coho’s very low center of gravity and 30" beam you have a very stable platform with a shallow draft making it a wonderful way to explore places where other boats can’t go.

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    "Coho" Folding Kayak & 4-Piece Paddle

    Brand new Coho Folding Kayak with butterfly frame for quick and easy assembly, (boat, seat, air pump, instructions, repair kit) plus a 4-peice paddle that breaks down to fit inside the backpack!

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    "Coho" Folding Kayak, Paddle, & PFD

    Just add YOU! Everything you need to hit the water ASAP! Coho Folding Kayak w/Butterfly frame, 4-piece paddle and an Astral PFD.

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    Coho Folding Kayak, Paddle, PFD, & Trip

    We'll supply everything you need, (except transportation to and from site), for a spring or fall 2 day/night camping trip and paddle outing at the beautiful Merchant's Millpond State Park in North Carolina.

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    2 Coho Folding Kayaks

    It's always more fun to explore with a friend and share the good times. Two Coho folding kayaks are better than one!

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    2 "Coho" Folding Kayaks + 2 Paddles

    It's always more fun to explore with a friend and share the good times. Two Coho folding kayaks are better than one! Enjoy 2 Cohos plus 2 4-peice paddles that break down to fit inside the backpack! Happy paddling!

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    2 "Coho" Folding Kayaks, Paddles, & PFDs

    Just add YOU and your FRIEND! Everything you need to hit the water ASAP for 2! 2xsets of a Coho Folding Kayak w/Butterfly frame, 4-piece paddle and an Astral PFD. The perfect ingredients to your paddling adventure.

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