Saturday, March 28, 2015

Maiden Manual Voyage

We took the boat out and tested in manual mode.  The wind was about 20 knots and the box on the back acted like the fins on an arrow making it hard for the boat to turn and face downwind.   Decided to move to a more protected location tomorrow for the very first auto-pilot voyage.

 The waves were tolerable but the wind was a bit much.  If you think of this as a 1/20 scale model of a 80 foot boat, these winds are like 200 Mph.  This is crazy wind for a small model.  Still, if we had motors on all 4 floats we could have handled it.  :-)


1 comment:

  1. great solar boat design guys.... love your work... keep it up... and best of luck for future....