Wind+Wing Technologies is owned by Jay Gardner and Hans Korfin,
co-founders of Adventure Cat Sailing Charters, which has provided catamaran sailing excursions for the public on the San Francisco Bay for more than 20 years. Backed with several decades of experience in the sailing, boat building and public passenger boat industries, the team began to develop a vision for a wind-assist ferry system. The goal was to develop a plan for a ferry vessel that would harness the wind, an inherent natural resource they had learned to master over the years, in conjunction with an innovative wing and clean Diesel motors. The team sought out the best minds in the industry and joined forces with Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering for the design of the boat and Harbor Wing Technologies for the design and engineering of the wing. Research on the proposed design showed a savings of up to 40 percent of fuel costs compared to the ferries currently operating in the Bay Area.
Wind+Wing Technologies then began formal communications with the three major ferry operators in the Bay Area to formally present its plans to develop a demonstration vessel and eventually a public passenger ferry. The first step in the project is a demonstration vessel proposed for 2012 allowing ferry service captains hands-on, operational experience. After testing and research on the feasibility and maneuverability of the demonstration vessel, the company plans to launch a fully operational, public passenger ferry in 2015.