Is that a dinghy in your pocket?

“All I ask is a small ship, and a star to steer her by…” I know, the actual Masefield quote refers to a “tall” ship, but when a tall ship is a tall order and you feel the deep need to set sail, the “Urban Skiff” by Thomas Giger, Anita Meyer, Florian Ueker, Femke Morf & Thomas Etter, just might be your perfect escape plan from the urban jungle. This portable/foldable sail boat comes complete and ready to assemble in a rather suspicious looking body bag duffle bag. Just drag this thing down four flights of stairs, down into the subway, across the park and drop sail faster than Tony Soprano tying up a lose end. With all the “urban lifestyle” concepts floating about, this one just might have (sea) legs.

Designer: Thomas Etter, Thomas Giger, Anita Meyer, Florian Ueker & Femke Morf

22 Comments

  • goldy says:

    I need to get one of those. it’s perfect. I live in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, and near the city there are 4-5 lakes. I have practiced a little this kind of sport, so I would like to improve my skills.
    Please, tell if you know, where I can bye it!

  • caleb says:

    This is awesome! I think it really has potential if it can be manufactured at a good price-point.

  • funkenstein says:

    I want one of these. Living in NY, if the sh*t were to hit the fan, everybody would be flooding the bridges, tunnels and roads out of the city. If you had one of these, you could sail down the river laughing at all the land lubbers getting eaten by zombies. In fact, they should make that the name of the product: “Escape the Zombie Apocalypse Boat”

  • Southpawz says:

    Can someone explain how it doesn’t sink if the back doesn’t fold up to keep out water?

    • junyo says:

      The backs of lots of sailboats are built that way. Typically the bottom is curved, the nose is deeper in the water than you’d think, and the orientation lifts the bottom edge of the back out of the water a little. Unless you’re being chased by waves faster than you (in which case you’re boned anyway) no water gets in.

    • Michael Crumpton says:

      The secret is the thickness of the bottom. Think of it like a fat surfboard with walls. Surfboard’s floatation is proportional to the volume of water they displace, not keeping water off of the top.

  • Brock says:

    I don’t know. I think this would be fun to take up to my Dad’s place to skip around in the bay. I wouldn’t want to go any further than I do on an open-water kayak (certainly not out of sight of land), but fun for day stuff.

    The sail also makes it better than a lot of other emergency life rafts I’ve seen.

  • billy says:

    If anything was to be between me and jaws this would have to be it!

  • Christine says:

    Seeing the actual product model in those photographs are awesome but where are the photographs of it being tested in the water?

    On another note, I’d like a folding canoe.

  • Lance says:

    No back isnt a problem, the sides and bottom look filled with foam and the backs left open so when your sailing any water that makes it inside drains out the back.

  • Aurélien says:

    Is there any picture of the boat sailing?

  • Aurélien says:

    Is there any picture of the boat sailing?

  • Can we bue it in russia or ukraine?

  • kyon says:

    where can buy it ??

  • AdamS says:

    Too much drag without a riggid hull (your ass will ‘bite’ into the water stopping the boat)

  • AdamS says:

    Too much drag without a riggid hull (your ass will ‘bite’ into the fabric/water stopping the boat – when not sitting directly in the centre console area)

  • stephen russell says:

    Apps for:
    Chartering
    RV
    Lakes
    Rivers
    Ponds
    Beaches.

    Looks like fun

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