A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Imagine mounting an Electric Propulsion System to your Hydrofoil that Could Automatically Balance the Board for Level Flight? Well, we are working on it with a Gyro Assist Steering System!
There are several highly skilled and educated backers stepping up to the plate to help with the build and design to make it this the best product possible, we have built a Kickstarter Mega Team!
This project, YOUR PROJECT, is on track to raise enough extra funding for us to work on developing a very exciting type of STRETCH GOAL (Bonus Development & Feature), which we want to keep a secret for the time being, but it's a real game changer. So be sure to share this project on all your Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, forums and youtube videos!
DIY Electric Hydrofoil, eSurfboard builders, Or if You Want to Own One - This Project Is For You!
In short, I love spending time in or on the water. Whether it's kiteboarding, foiling, spear fishing or sailing my Hobbie Cat catamaran I just enjoy time on the water. When I first heard about the electric surfboard and electric hydrofoil I knew I wanted them, but off the self-versions were simply way overpriced. That’s when I started designing and building my own.
Thank you to all the great DIY building forums and their valuable members -- The insight you have shared on building your own eFoils and eSurfboards has helped us make this exciting new product a reality! You guys and gals are awesome and we hope to bring much more to the community with this release.
This Kickstarter project is our way to give back to the DIY electric hydrofoil and surfboard communities --We will be releasing a new video series on how we are building our machines. Backers will be able to follow along and learn how to do it themselves every step of the way.
HIGH PERFORMANCE = EXTREME FUN!
Regular Hydrofoils, Surfboards, and SUP’s can be boring when the conditions aren’t just right BUT not anymore -- With an Electric setup, you don’t need the perfect conditions to seize the day! Try some of these on for size:
You can turn the next hot and sunny flat-water day into an adventure up the coast with your SUP, surfboard, or hydrofoil.
Choppy days won't matter when flying over the water hovering nearly three feet in the air, cruising at speeds up to 24+mph with our bolt on, wireless electric propulsion system.
Setup your own racecourse for you and your friends and get competitive.
Surf smooth rolling swells to clear your mind of distractions.
Go for a long ride and get your adrenaline fix with a simple squeeze of the wireless speed controller.
Whatever your body is craving, our VeFoil Kit will fulfill your needs.
WHAT IS THIS KICKSTARTER PROJECT FOR?
While we have designs that will work, we think we can do better. Unfortunately, research and development gets expensive pretty quickly. With a bit more time and funding we can release a better product that will give buyers much more bang for their buck. Here are some things we would like to improve on:
- Finding the most cost effective, energy efficient, and powerful motor assembly we can get
- Developing a long-range torpedo battery pack
- Creating a waterproof, wireless, handheld, remote control system
In addition to these product specific goals, we also hope this project coming to life will give us the chance to share what we’ve learned with our backers through the Video Series that we’re creating. As a backer, you’ll be able to follow along, give feedback, and make suggestions on how you think things should be - so you can be part of the process!
WHAT WE ARE DOING AND WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
If you have ever googled “EFOIL VIDEO” than you have seen just how fun and cool they are. Go ahead and CLICK HERE To See What An Electric Hydrofoil Allows You To Do!
Our goal is to create an amazing high-performance, a multi-use propulsion system that turns almost any type of board (Hydrofoil, Surfboard, or SUP) into a breathtaking experience at a super affordable price!
We also want it to come at a cost cheaper than if you were to buy the parts yourself.
We need your help at this stage to help us fund the design work. The cost to buy multiple motors, controllers, bodies, 3D print custom parts, and all the other odds and ends accumulate quickly. Stomaching this cost with just our small team can be quite difficult. With your help, we can move forward with designs.
It is our hope that VeFoil will give tinkerers and adventurers alike more flexibility than other Hydrofoil Board setups. By being a DIY kit instead of a pre-assembled product, we can do just that and turn any new or old board into something even better!
How can we do this? Simple really, by bulk ordering of parts direct from manufacturers we can have parts arrive customized for our plug-n-play design. This provides a cost savings range between 45 - 85% on delivered parts.
What does this mean?It means that we hope to be able to provide our future Kickstarter kits for cheaper than you would be able to buy comparable parts on your own.
By the way... VeFoil could be mounted on kayaks, canoes, and many other small watercraft if you wanted!
WHO BENEFITS & YOUR REWARDS
Everyone who supports this project will benefit one way or another. For some, it may simply be the opportunity to help push a new startup forward. For others, it may be the chance to have a direct hand in bringing a new creation to life. Regardless of your motivation, your support will help make this all a reality.
If you are interested in getting your own Electric Propulsion system, then you will benefit because we are at the final steps in our development and testing work. Once finished we move forward with production of our complete ready to ride bolt on propulsion system! You will be among first to know about this and can get in early.
If you are building or thinking of building your own electric hydrofoil propulsion system from scratch, then you will have an unfair advantage through our unique rewards and the education you will receive. We will be able to save you a ton of time, money and frustration!
So, in exchange for your support, we want you to become part of the story and be recognized for it. We would also like to share our building experience, tips, and tricks.
You can also vicariously experience the design and building of electric propulsion system through our project here at Kickstarter as part of our rewards.
Regular “how to build tips" updates, and our Special Educational DIY electric foil/surfboard Video Series, along with a bunch of other cool things, which are explained in detail in the rewards column.
As you likely already know, many Kickstarter projects end up significantly overfunded. If this were to happen with our project we intend to use those funds to continue improving the end product as much as possible.
More funding means we could hire extra outside services to help create a programmable controller for customizable acceleration and max cruising speed, more attachments for easy connections to kayaks, canoes and more, or other improvements that thank backers with a better-made and more versatile propulsion system.
Support us today and help make our goal to design the coolest high-tech, high-power, and extremely fun product at an affordable price a reality.
Expect to see a second Kickstarter project for an exclusive and limited edition product launch of the complete and electric propulsion system product within a few months after successful funding of this project!
IN THE MEDIA & SUPPORTERS
Risks and challenges
We are almost ready for production of our complete DIY Electric Hydrofoil and Electric Surfboard propulsion system. Our Kickstarter funding goal is based on getting the final parts, engineering designs, 3D printed parts and testing of different setups using propellers, electronic motor controllers, additional shaft gearing ratios, etc...
By doing this, we can fine tune the mechanics and improve the systems efficiency, which means more speed control, longer riding time, higher quality parts, and a lower priced propulsion system.
We need your support for these last few stages and design work for testing of the prototypes.
Upon funding this first Kickstarter project, we believe the propulsion system could be available for pre-order within a few months. We have been working closely with the manufacturers of the key parts that we use and have confirmed bulk pricing, part customizations, and shipping that will save us 45-85% off retail parts pricing.
Support us today and help make this crucial milestone a success!
Expect to see a second Kickstarter project for an exclusive and limited product launch of the complete and electric propulsion system product!
You love the product concept, look and freedom that our DIY Electric Propulsion System offers. You want to be a part of the story. We will tattoo your name on Chris' board so that it will be seen in our future videos.
Your full name or one you choose will be listed on our main website in our supporter section and of course we’ll keep you updated as we continue the journey!