I've been looking at some folding dinghys lately, such as this ( https://www.woodenwidget.com/fliptailinfo.htm
I liked the idea of light weight, but the soft bottom seems like it would rip too easily... and it doesn't seem like it would float if swamped.
In one of their videos there was a guy who did a commute with it. Taking along a folding bike and bike trailer
That got me thinking, why not use the structure as an electric
bike? And make the bottom foam filled fiberglass
panel? And the center keel
a larger foam fiberglass keel
? Then use hypalon as the fabric
(instead of the above example of PVC)
Then add some wheels to reinforced struts that come down and small electric
motors (maybe chain driven from the central hub? though seems more complicated).
Anyhow, just thinking about it at this point. Is there anything like this that exists already? Seems like being able to use your dinghy
as a basic e-scooter would be realllyyyy useful. Or maybe it's just a stupid idea hah