Where It All Began.
The WindPaddle (U.S. Pat. #7,752,987) is a self-launching, small-watercraft sail for kayaks and canoes. We live in Hood River, Oregon – the windsurfing and kite sailing capital of the USA, so we had reason and inspiration to develop this type of product. And the requisite winds for testing!
Our background is engineering, windsurfing and boat/dinghy sailing, with a constant eye out for fun. We looked at the variety of kayak sailing devices on the market and saw inherent flaws in each with regard to a variety of factors, including overall design, operation, safety and cost.
We addressed the problems associated with the rest of the competition, and the WindPaddle was born. We invented a small-watercraft sail that was lightweight yet durable, easy to use, safe and affordable.
It took many trials and iterations before the WindPaddle was the safe and easy-to-use sail currently on the market. Putting our engineering education, our sailing experience and son Alec as the official crash-test dummy to use, we conducted Sea Trials (aka beer-drinking excuses) to explore various design concepts (Son Alec lived thru them all, although the psychological damage should not show up for years) (: