Kite Sailing Yacht

The Kite Sailing Kitano Yacht designed by Stefani Krucke introduces kite sailing technology to the leisure sailing yacht class and benefits from the many advantages that technology has to offer. One of them being the constant and stronger wind speeds found at higher altitudes.

Compared to a normal sail the kite has less surface area but still generates enough force so that even a gentle breeze lifts the hull to a planing speed. Equipped with a hydraulically operated centerboard, even sailing in shallow water and littorals are possible without risk.

The Yacht itself can house and home up to 8 passengers with the latest in luxury any client would love. On top of that, it’s totally green so even treehuggers can step off land once in awhile.

Designer: Stefanie Krücke

42 Comments

  • ranjix says:

    nice. how do you get the sail up-there though? from what I remember lifting the sail is the harder part…

  • The Lab says:

    Looks like the boat from the movie The Island (save yourself 2h, don’t rent). Perhaps it is the same company?

    • Frigg says:

      The Island wasn’t *that* bad, although I understand that sales from the DVD are going to reimburse people who paid to see it in the theater.

      The only thing about this boat is what if a big wind suddenly comes along. What stops this boat from going airborne?

      • Bpatten says:

        the fact that it weighs over 10 tons goes a long way to making sure it doesn’t leave the water. Assuming a wind strong enough to lift it out actually came along (unlikely), there’s no way the cables or kite would handle that load.

        Being a sailor, this sounds like a neat idea, but it seems to me that it renders things useless if the wind is light. Sure there may be faster wind higher up…but you need to fly the kite up there in order to get to it!

        Also, I know Kite surfers ([en.wikipedia.org]) generally only show up at the lake when it’s blowing 25+ mph, whereas the windsurfers and sailors can sail in next to nothing.

        Also, it looks like a freakin spaceship, not a sailboat. 😛

    • darnell says:

      the boat in the movie “the island” is actually a commercially available and is so much nicer than any picture above .. of course if you can afford it … ?!

      http://www.wally.com/jumpch.asp?idChannel=44&idUser=0&attivo=2-6

      its called the WALLY 118 … and basic overview spec’s are
      118 feet long …
      3 engines w/ power translated to the water via ROLLS ROYCE Turbines
      4 fully appointed staterooms w/ queen and king size beds
      a stainless steel kitchen that can cook meals for upwards of 20 people
      carbon fiber hull reinforced with hardened steel

      carbon fiber everything down to the carbon fiber “super structure glass canopy” and carbon fiber piloting steering wheel, dinner table and even toilet seats.

      only $25 million .. and only 2 boats made per year [custom ordered if you may imagine]
      and the pictures on the website are sweet. there is also a video on youtube.com

  • Fred DiMarco says:

    As a sailor I think it has lilmited uses except possibly as a spinnaker on a broad reach.

  • Jakob says:

    You experienced sailers might want to think twice: http://www.superyachttimes.com/editorial/5/article/id/939

  • Tek Nic says:

    I am pretty sure I have seen something like this for large ships. Deploying the kite from a tall mast can really cut down on fuel costs. Even if it only saves 10% on fuel, it is probably still a good idea.

  • Sfokevin says:

    Seems like they could deploy the kites on all those oil tanker and container vessels crossing the Pacific… And going back would be even faster since they are all empty…

  • Michael says:

    The person who designed this knows nothing about sailboats or kites. The boat would be leaning toward the kite if it was attached where it is on the drawings, and the other renderings show the keel at the extreme rear of the boat in back of the attachment point of the kite. with that setup the boat could only go downwind and not even turn effectively. It is a pretty set of renderings with no understanding or logic behind it.

    • cherry says:

      Hi Michael.

      Usually I wouldn´t do that, but I have to correct you. The person who designed that yacht knows a lot about boats and of course, she is a sailor. I’m really annoyed about your post and that you offend a person without to know anything.
      And by the way, I think you are really not able to think in concepts. In my opinion thinking about something new is not the worst way to do Design…

      • Mister Sunday says:

        They weren't even smart enough to get the kite inline with the lines in such a way that it could pull the boat. I'm sorry, but you and your "great designer" are both terribly misinformed.

      • Mister Sunday says:

        They weren't even smart enough to get the kite inline with the lines in such a way that it could pull the boat. I'm sorry, but you and your “great designer” are both terribly misinformed.

    • Mister Sunday says:

      I'm glad somebody else saw this!

    • Mister Sunday says:

      I'm glad somebody else saw this!

  • Steve says:

    And the superior product can be found at http://www.kiteship.com/

    And I think the original drawings look alot like a Peter Lynn kite, which is patented.

  • Vonckx says:

    Just an idea, If you see the chance to make the kite turn as a propeller, you can even use it to produce electricity on the vessel.

  • Scilly Guy says:

    Being a kiter and having an interest in boats (having grown up on a little Atlantic island its a necessity) the only thing I have to say is the fact that with the kit attached at the rear like that it spin the boat as Michael said, but as Cherry replied it is just a concept. As for the power of kites in light winds, its not really the strength that matters, more the consistency, if you try flying a kite when its gusty its hard to get it up and keep it up, however if its blustery its just harder to control.

  • Chris says:

    Cool concept, and slick lookin boat, but to me the keel placement and kite attachment point would make the boat perpetually turn up wind. Unless that’s a track system the kite is attached to that moves back and forth up and down the hull. Judging by the lack of rudders, this may be the case!? And the kite control “bar” isn’t depicted.
    I have to agree that some of the images look a little unrealistic physics wise, like the third image where the kite is flying horizontally yet with angled lines fully powering the boat. The kite would be producing minimal drive at this point, if a kite could ever alter its AOA that way. (Angle of attack). As a concept illustrator I totally understand the need to inspire people with (very skilled) images and concepts, but there are many functioning kite driven boats out there on the seas right now.

    • Kites says:

      Sadly this is purely a concept and not the introduction of kites to yachts.

      This was all done years ago by KiteShip for the America’s Cup. So tagging onto someone elses idea and then claiming the prise at the London Boatshow is hardly something to crow about.

      The concept makes no provision for launching.

      Have you ever tried to recover a ramair filled kite on a bucking deck ? Hmmmm not a good idea.

      Finally, KiteShip.com hold the patent not Peter Lynn. So if you want the best don’t get pulled in by pure HYPE.

  • cra says:

    fun looking idea, though i think it looks a little underpowered. And it would be interesting learning how to sail under such a high kite.

  • stephen russell says:

    Id sail this one any time.
    Looks like fun.
    & Id add std sails as Backup to Kite to boost speed or IF low wind that kitesail wont work.
    & of course engines for No wind locales etc.
    Cool.
    Must charter for HI & Mexico, Caribbean, Med Sea, Australia

  • Case says:

    I think doing away with the mast is premature. I wonder if you had the rig for the kite on a mast if you could sail it almost like a square rigged ship in light winds, and actually deploy the kite from the mast and fly it aloft in higher winds?

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