Dan Tracy just may have revolutionized the boating industry. He may also have found a way to lessen our dependence on oil. How? With a kite.
Bypassing the time honored boat necessity, the mast, Tracy has developed a mechanism that enables his 24-foot Corsair trimaran to be powered by the wind. Looking like a large fishing reel, the gizmo helps steer the kite (the sort that’s used in kite boarding), which – because of its height – is able to harness stronger winds than those found just above the surface of the water.