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    wind powered pwc

    its just a concept, and Im definitely skeptical...but check it out.

    http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/06...water-concept/


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    Definitely thinking out of the box. I applaud the original thinking.
    New ideas are good. They don't always translate into successful products, but the alternative is no innovation at all.

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    if it had a bigger sail for more POWER id be more intrested ,

    be good on gas , bad on beer "where this f*ckin wind "

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    Al Gore already beat them to it...





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    Quote Originally Posted by YoYamma View Post
    Al Gore already beat them to it...





    LMAO

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    good stuff here

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    This is a very cool idea but with some practical limitations. Ive been to the Hood River gorge many times and watched the kiteboarders. Its truly amazing how fast they can go and easily fly 30ft in air. But Ive also seen many people struggle with the kite lines. Very easy to tangle unless you know exactly what you are doing (and have assistance).

    I'm sure the wind powered ski would work, but I can see how just keeping those lines straight would be very difficult without a lot of practice and assistance.

    Being able to submerge for brief periods would be outstanding. I guess the standup freestylers have been able to do it for years. Only time Ive done it was by accident running into front wall of wave!

    I remember there was a thread posted last year of a model wind powered car. The question was posed whether any wind powered vehicle could go faster than the wind. I believe the answer is yes although I dont fully understand how. Good example is the ice racer that runs on frozen lake. I think some of those rigs can go much faster than the wind. Maybe because energy is "stored" in sail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrich View Post
    LMAO
    me 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue 182 View Post
    This is a very cool idea but with some practical limitations. Ive been to the Hood River gorge many times and watched the kiteboarders. Its truly amazing how fast they can go and easily fly 30ft in air. But Ive also seen many people struggle with the kite lines. Very easy to tangle unless you know exactly what you are doing (and have assistance).

    I'm sure the wind powered ski would work, but I can see how just keeping those lines straight would be very difficult without a lot of practice and assistance.

    Being able to submerge for brief periods would be outstanding. I guess the standup freestylers have been able to do it for years. Only time Ive done it was by accident running into front wall of wave!

    I remember there was a thread posted last year of a model wind powered car. The question was posed whether any wind powered vehicle could go faster than the wind. I believe the answer is yes although I dont fully understand how. Good example is the ice racer that runs on frozen lake. I think some of those rigs can go much faster than the wind. Maybe because energy is "stored" in sail?
    Speed in excess of the wind is possible on a slightly down wind tack. It is accomplshed with the sail bending the wind similarly to how our props bend the water. Its hard to explain but as a lapsed windsurfer I understand the physics(and even expirenced once or twice).

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    neat idea, been thinking of trying something with windpower lately. hobiecat or windsurfing look fun.

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