Solarpower boat

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by fcc, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. fcc
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    fcc New Member

    I am entering a solar boat competition, and i am required to use only the following materials:
    -4 x 12% efficiency solar panels,
    -block of foam (for hull)
    -radio control
    -an electric engine with switches
    -a propeller shaft and propeller,
    -acrylic plastic

    any advice concerning the design or production of this boat would be appreciated.
  2. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    I had a play with solar boar designs back in 1997, however they are probably bigger than what you are looking at. See:

    Factoid: The winner of the inaugural solar boat race in Canberra was a cat funded and piloted by Bob Clifford of Incat fame. I think he spent well over $100K on the boat.

    Good luck!
  3. Guest625101138

    Guest625101138 Previous Member

    Make an initial estimate of the weight and power output from the solar cells. Most important thing is weight and power output of the cells.

    A long slender hull will work best. It can be stabilised with outriggers.

    If you do the above estimates I will take you through the design process that should get close to the optimum result.

    Making the ideal prop will take a little skill but not too difficult.

    Rick W.
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