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An Easy-To-Build, Low-Cost, High-Performance SailBot

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Boats built to the SailBot Class rules are high-performance, computer-controlled vessels and to win requires both good systems development and a good boat. The loose rules allow for exotic design and construction in order to improve vessel performance, though with increasing cost of materials. This paper describes the naval architecture design, construction and test sailing of a high-performance SailBot Sea Quester, built using basic tools and inexpensive materials, and costing €1200. The paper proposes alternative construction methods with an estimated built cost of approximately $600, though with the loss of some operating performance. Sea Quester was launched and sailed under remote control on 25 April 2014 and testing is in progress.

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  • Remote Control
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Fiberglass Cloth
  • Robotic Sailing
  • Hull Shape

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Miller, P. et al. (2015). An Easy-To-Build, Low-Cost, High-Performance SailBot. In: Morgan, F., Tynan, D. (eds) Robotic Sailing 2014. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10076-0_1

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