Four boys and their Dad in Anguilla working to design solar boats that are safe, comfortable, easy to use, and can connect together to form a travelling community.
"Art without engineering is dreaming. Engineering without art is calculating." Steven Roberts
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Floats for quadmaran large enough to carry people
Our floats came today!
Now to unwrap them.
For packing there is a bar connecting two together and Amoni is sitting on that.
The two pairs are connected together and Amoni is lifting one of each pair up.
The volume is close to that of a 55 gallon drum. Salt water is about 8.6 lbs per gallon. So 55 gallons displaces 473 lbs. We only want the float halfway in the water. We were estimating about 200 lbs usable per float or 800 lbs total usable buoyancy. This still seems about right. This has to cover boat, solar panels, battery, motors, and people.
This boat will be large enough to carry people, but the people will be optional. It will be able to go on its own. It will use the same software as the smaller autonomous robot boat.