A Study on Potential Energy Savings by the Use of a Balanced Rig on a Robotic Sailing Boat

  • Roland Stelzer
  • Daniel Estarriola Dalmau


The drive for the sail trim has been identified as one of the largest consumers on the autonomous sailing boat ASV Roboat. The presented work analyses the potential energy savings of a balanced rig compared to the conventional sloop rig, which is currently in use on this boat. Results of a computer simulation show that a balanced rig can save about two-thirds of the power needed for the sail trim.


Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Autonomous Sailing Potential Energy Saving Sailing Vessel Sailing Boat 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland Stelzer
    • 1
  • Daniel Estarriola Dalmau
    • 1
  1. 1.INNOC - Austrian Society for Innovative Computer SciencesViennaAustria

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