Concept Design

Entrepreneurial spirit and social responsibility go hand in hand at MyKy. It’s a combination of qualities that differentiates us on many levels and drives staff to create innovative solutions to real-world issues. Stephen Burnip typifies this approach. For his final year Marine Sports Technology degree project at Plymouth University, he chose to develop a sea kayak for the physically disabled.

Stephen wanted to reduce the limitations imposed by their disability and create something that had the same looks and capabilities as a normal kayak; something that filled a gap in the market. After a series of interviews with a paraplegic volunteer, Stephen discovered that the biggest problem he faced in developing the new kayak was the extra stability required to prevent the boat from capsizing. Tests subsequently carried out with the volunteer showed that the stability of the kayak was increased by 300 per cent when the upper body was able to move. stephen burnip

Testing a Kayak with a disabled person


"I worked on ways to give
the user additional upper
body support, and incorporated
these into the kayak designs.
With this extra dynamic stability,
physically disabled people will
be able to enjoy the freedom
and independence of sea
Designs for the kayak
are currently in development so
that a working prototype can be
produced. It’s been a thoroughly
enlightening project to work
on – and one that has gone
beyond the original honours
degree scope and into the
commercial world.
Concept Design