Colorado Physicist Turns Election Campaign Signs into Backpack Barge box-boats

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Colorado Physicist turns discarded election signs into U.S. Patent Pending, lightweight folding plastic boats for backpackers and outdoor lovers.

Colorado Physicist Mike Wofsey noticed that those plastic election signs laughed off rain, high winds and rough handling, would they be good for a lightweight backpacker's rowboat? "I wanted an ultralight backpacker’s boat that I could fold up and take into the mountains and backwoods," explains Wofsey, "maybe do a little fishing, row across lakes and lazy rivers."

His early designs didn't work out, he got wet a lot. But he kept at it, he had more faith in the lowly election sign than he had in the politicians they advertised, so he pressed on, he kept improving the design, kept getting closer. Finally he succeeded by using a full-sized political sign. His boat weighed no more than a gallon of water, and folded up into a tiny package, origami-style and held him a passenger "After years of being a scientist, all that physics finally helped me spend more time outdoors," he continued.

After a few weeks, Dr. Wofsey found that the brand-new, unprinted sign material made even better boats, he filed for U.S. Patent on his unique double hull design, and the Backpack Barge was born. He launched a Kickstarter to bring the Backpack Barge to adventurers around the world. "The unprinted plastic from those election signs turned out to be the perfect material," Wofsey concluded. "They are shaped like a box to be strong, and can fold up and tuck under an airline seat, or clip to a backpack."

Wofsey hopes that his Kickstarter project will help him streamline production and eventually get the Backpack Barge into outdoor stores.

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