Will This Inflatable Sail Revolutionize Sailboats??

 Now we’ve seen inflatable PFDs and even folding RIB boats, but we’ve never seen a normal sailboat with an inflatable sail!  But, this prototype sail-wing designed by Edouard Kessi,and his friend Laurent de Kalbermattenusing, uses technologies used in aviation and navy to make sailing a much simpler affair!

How does this French invention make sailboats simpler?  Because it does not deform in the wind the way a normal sail does, it offers an huge aerodynamic advantage, and leaves the captain with only navigation to focus on.  It has a telescoping mast that deploys along with the sail.

While this example is just a prototype, the goal is to scale the design to be used on much larger ships.

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