ONAK: the origami foldable canoe

The Belgium company ONAK created a new canoe, which can fold-up to the size of a large suitcase.

When ONAK founders Otto Van de Steene and Thomas Weyn found themselves wanting to travel with a canoe they would be able to use within a city, they decided to make it themselves. The origami design and the ability to unfold the canoe in ten minutes from its rectangular suitcase on wheels fits their goal of creating a boat that people can store without a lot of space available.

ONAK is the perfect fit for the wild outdoors and a new way to escape the daily grind. Explore the hidden corners of your local canals and rivers with our new, beautifully designed origami canoe. A good conventional canoe requires a big budget and, most of all, lots of storage place. ONAK brings you the performance of a top quality canoe without any of that hassle.

The Onak canoe follows the fold-up model of Oru, but it results in a canoe rather than a kayak. Looking at the product designs, the concepts actually appear borne from the same design team.

Made from a bendable and patent-pending Honeycomb – Curv Polypropylene material, the Onak canoe is “extremely tough” and has enough buoyancy to even stay afloat “when entirely flooded with water,” according to the design team. It’s also fully recyclable, though I can’t imagine disposing of such an elegant boat in a curbside bin.

NAK is the perfect fit for the wild outdoors and a new way to escape the daily grind. Explore the hidden corners of your local canals and rivers with our new, beautifully designed origami canoe. A good conventional canoe requires a big budget and, most of all, lots of storage place. ONAK brings you the performance of a top quality canoe without any of that hassle.

he Onak canoe has an assembled size of 183 inches long (just over 15 feet) by 33.5 inches wide (just under three feet). Yet when its folded down into its wheeled case, it packs down to just 15″ by 47″ by 10″, not quite small enough for an airline carry-on, but certainly small enough to store in a car’s trunk or home closet. In terms of weight, the 37-pound Onak canoe can support up to 551 pounds.

By making hundreds of paper models and fifteen real prototypes, we also refined the design of our patent pending hull. This was a huge challenge due to the limitations of origami. We opted for a narrow and fast canoe design that keeps its momentum very well, while still being delightfully easy and stable to maneuver for beginners.

The first time, it will probably take take you around 20 minutes, we already do it in under 10 minutes. Folding back takes us even less than 5 minutes!

It has been tested in all conditions possible. It has proven to resist waves, strong winds and even ice.

It has been developed using patent pending Honeycomb – Curv™ Polypropylene material which is the backbone of the product. Aside from being extremely tough and fully recyclable, it allowed the team to design a stiff canoe almost entirely in one piece, with very few other parts required. Honeycomb air cells give it so much additional buoyancy that it even stays afloat when entirely flooded with water.

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