Solar Powered Cat Conversion From A-class

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by bad dog, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Doug Lord
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    Congratulations on a great showing! I've been wondering about the effect of the solar panel on stability-any wind limits to operation?
    Great job!

  2. bad dog
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    Theory only at this point as there hasn't been a strong cross wind to test it in yet, but above 5kn I intend that the panel is fixed in the horizontal position by the two carbon tube tilting braces on the aft A frame, as well as the tilt control lines on the fwd A frame.

    In practice, this is the easiest position for general navigation anyway. The tilting is really for a quick extra charge early or late in the day. If we go to a production version, this feature will be dropped - it's not idiot-proof. We will just do the raising and lowering with side arms not A frames.
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