Introduction: RC Wing Sail Catamaran

This is a Wing Sail Catamaran project that I started over 6 years ago after seeing the new AC 45s introduced to the America's Cup races. The model uses PVC sheet, Carbon Fiber tubing and 377 Dupont Mylar to "skin" the wings. The "Cookie Cutter" construction technique allows me to make quick inexspensive changes to the design without having to scrap a model and start over, everything is tweekable. Two Catamaran models are shown here, but I have created a total of four boats during design development, one of which only sailed once,and poorly. But that one sailing taught me alot, and I started another boat the next day. It's not all about finishing one boat, it's about developing a Platform that can evolve as you learn.

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Jo JoP (author)2017-08-07

Hi Dan,

I've been looking for a plan just like this for me and my boys to build.
Can i also have the copies of the plans please.. my email is japanoy_at_gmail.com

Thank you.

Ca

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twrig144 (author)2017-07-23

Hi Dan,

I stumbled across your designs while searching for any model foiling catamarans that I could build for a school project, and I was wondering if I could have any CNC / laser cutter files you may have so that I can get the sheets cut out.

I was also wondering if you still have the videos of the cat sailing, as they appear to be missing when I tried to get them from the list of files you have available.

As this is my first time building an RC boat, I am unsure about what kind of techniques of construction to use, as well as waterproofing the electronics, which electronics to get and how to setup the control systems for trimming.

If not then I can make do with the PDF files and images you have there to guess what to use and how to do it so I can get building!

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twrig144 (author)twrig1442017-07-24

Sorry, my email is: twrig114@gmail.com

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cello14 (author)2017-06-25

Hi Dan,

I want to make this boat. Could you email me the files and build instructions, please

My email is cello_chaves@yahoo.com.br

Thank you

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flodderich (author)2017-06-20

Hi

I am interested in making this boat. Could you email me the CNC files and build instructions at jf.frenz@gmx.de

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JoseD69 (author)2017-06-13

Hello Dan,

I was wondering if you could send the plans my way. My email is chiwea123@gmail.com

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SamB221 (author)2017-05-31

Hi

I am interested in making this boat. Could you email me the CNC files and build instructions at sam.bylett@gmail.com

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sigysmun (author)2017-05-13

Bonjour.

Je suis aussi modeliste et je souhaiterai recevoir egalement le plan du RC Wing Sail Catamaran.

merci d'avance

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Dan Elliott (author)sigysmun2017-05-19

Bonjour Sigysmun,

Envoyez-moi un e-mail à <delliott@1220.com> et je vous enverrai les instructions de construction pour le kit Wing Sail Catamaran.

Cheers!

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richard33 (author)2017-04-02

Bonjour,

Je suis modéliste. Est-il possible de recevoir les plans du voilier pour réaliser un modéle naviguant ?

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Dan Elliott (author)richard332017-04-13

Bonjour Richard,

Je serais ravi de vous aider. Veuillez m'envoyer un e-mail à <delliott@1220.com et je vous enverrai le PDF de l'instrumentation de construction et du travail de ligne CNC pour le kit Wing Sail Catamaran.

Cheers!

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sailing guy (author)2017-04-07

Hi Dan,

I love your cat & windsail design and would very much like to build them. I am an avid boater and kayaker and got into RC boating about 5 years ago. I have already built 3 RC sailboats, 3 powerboats and 2 home design & built iceboats. I would very much like to add this wonderful project to my armada.

Could you please e-msil me the CNC files and any instructions that may come with. I look forward to building this exciting project.

My e-mail address is: yakkerdad@hotmail.com

Thank you, Steve

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ArmandoZ7 (author)2017-03-01

Hi Dan,

I´m also interested in building this catamaran, it´s a great project!

Could you please share the CNC files and build instructions to my email? zulianarmando@gmail.com

Greeting from Uruguay!

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Dan Elliott (author)ArmandoZ72017-03-16

Hello Armando,

I would be happy to help. I will e-mail you all the information on the
Wing Sail Catamaran Model kit. Say hello to everyone in Uruguay for me!

Cheers!

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s.huurdeman (author)2016-07-08

Hi Mr Elliot,

My compliments for this wonderful wingsail boat. I am also interested in building this boat. Could you also send me al the details to do this. Could you email me at s.huurdeman@chello.nl with more details about this boat, the electronics, the assembly, and the approximate cost? Also, if you still offer kits and the kit price...thanks

Thank you very much!

Sjoerd ( the Netherlands )

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CarlosS255 (author)2016-07-03

HI Dan, I am very interested in building this great kit boat. Could you email me at csantos3@cox.net with more details about this boat, the assembly, and, if you still offer kits and the kit price...thanks

Thank you very much! from Goodyear, Arizona

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DavidL531 (author)2016-05-28

HI Dan, I am also very interested in building this boat. Could you email me at ppcdlevine@gmail.com with more details about this boat, the assembly, and the approximate cost? Also, if you still offer kits and the kit price...thanks

Thank you very much!

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Dan Elliott (author)DavidL5312016-06-13

Hello David,

I will send you the Build Instructions and CNC files to you today.

Cheers!

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iccycold3000 (author)2016-04-03

HI Dan, I am very interested with learning about winged sails and I believe this is a great place to start. Could you email me at harrisonfreedman200@gmail.com with more details about this boat, the assembly, and the approximate cost?

Thank you very much!

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Carlangas87 (author)2016-03-31

Hi Dan, i'm impressed with your catamaran. I'm interested, if you don't mind to get further information for building it. Could you please contact me? My e mail is cmonsalve17@gmail.com

thank you very much!

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Dan Elliott (author)Carlangas872016-04-01

Sure thing. I contact you soon.

Cheers!

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MichałZ8 (author)2016-03-22

Dan, it's Amazing sailboat and project approach! I've just finished small footy sailboat and I was looking for something bigger, faster and not too complicated till I found your Wing. Is it possible to get cutout plans DWG (with dimensions or in known scale)? Information about used servos will also be nice. My e-mail is zawmi@wp.pl. Happy Easter form Poland!

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Dan Elliott (author)MichałZ82016-03-31

Hello Michal,

I would be glad to help. Please send me an e-mail to delliott@1220.com and I will send you all the information on the model kit.

Cheers!

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hamsailing734 (author)2016-03-15

And if its possible to get a kit

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Sorry I have taken so long to reply. I will e-mail you the information.

Cheers!

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hamsailing734 (author)2016-03-15

And what was all the electronic gear that you used

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hamsailing734 (author)2016-03-15

Hi dan i think what you have made is amazing i would like to build my own rc catamaran only with normal sails. Could i please have the materials that you used and the plan with the measurements that you used thankyou could you please send to ali_airlie@hotmail.com

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SimonP49 (author)2016-02-07

Gday Dan, what you have made here is incredible, I hate to be yet another person asking if you can send me plans and things so that I can start building my own but that is exactly what I am asking for! sfn@hotmail.co.nz is my email any help you can provide me would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Perthmini40man made it! (author)2015-12-22

Nice wing Dan. I would like to make the same for my trimarans but am not sure how to increase the size to fit the Mini40 or One Metre size of boat that I sail

My boats can be seen here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN8mcWJgtZg&feature=em-subs_digest

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Hello,

You may not need to increase the wing size. My catamaran models hulls are 42" (roughly 1 meter) long not including the rudders. The Wing is around 52" tall, so it may work just fine for your boats.

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KaV4 (author)2015-12-07

Nice catamaran! I would like to trying to make one also based on any tips for thickness of the platic? Because I want to do 3D printing maybe. And how does to mechanisme works? mail me karelrosseel@hotmail.com Thanks a lot from Belgium!

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Dan Elliott (author)KaV42015-12-28

Hello,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you.

The material thickness is (2mm) thick PVC sheet. It would be great to have someone 3-D print the model. If you send me an e-mail to delliott@1220.com I will send you a AutoCAD model of the Wing Sail Catamaran for you to experiment with.

A photo of the wing controls can be seen in this blog, and I can send you some more photos of the wing details with the Cad model.

Cheers!

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slapshot52 (author)2015-10-22

Is there a good way to cut these parts I don't have access to a CNC machine?

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Dan Elliott (author)slapshot522015-10-29

I cut my first catamaran model out by hand with an exacto knife. 2mm PVC cuts easily and can be sanded smooth. I will worn you thought, your fingers will be numb for a week. I cut out all replacement parts by hand.

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us17356 (author)2015-10-15

Hi Dan, I'm currently building one of these and I was wondering if you had a list of servos and batteries that you would recommend.

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Dan Elliott (author)us173562015-10-20

Yes, if you send me an e-mail to delliott@1220.com I will send you some suggestions.

Cheers!

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DEEJAY642 (author)2015-10-09

man this is the best homemade rc boat ive ever seen! and even better where did you get that floaty chair thingy from cos i love it!

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Dan Elliott (author)DEEJAY6422015-10-10

Hey, Thanks! I've had a lot of fun designing and building this wing sail. I'm so glad you like it. You should try to build one for yourself, quite a few people from all over the world. The "Floaty Chair" is made for fishing in waders, I ordered it on line from Bass Pro Shops. It makes retrival less of a pain.

Cheers!

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walterdottavi (author)2015-09-14

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PavelD5 (author)2015-08-21

Hello Dan,

Could I ask you for instructions PDF to pavel.dedak@gmail.com? Thank you.

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Dan Elliott (author)PavelD52015-08-22

Hello Pavel,

Glad to help, I'll send you the Build Instructions and CNC linework for the Wing Sail Cat model right away.

Cheers!

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Cor822 (author)2015-07-22

Hi Sir I was wondering if I could get the measurements and build instructions for this craft. My email is paperclipmaker@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Dan Elliott (author)Cor8222015-07-24

Glad to help, I'll send you a PDF of the Build Instructions right away.

Cheers!

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Cor822 (author)Dan Elliott2015-08-11

Got your email, thank you!

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Cor822 (author)Cor8222015-08-11

Could I also get the Parts Sheet Line Work PDF too? Thanks!

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MickN1 (author)2015-07-26

Fantastic ac45 would it be possible to have plans and or some material guidance. Thanks in advance

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Dan Elliott (author)MickN12015-07-31

Yes, e-mail me at delliott@1220.com and I will send you the Build Instructions PDF and Parts Sheet Line Work PDF. I also have sources for parts not included in the kit.

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kbudzyński (author)2015-06-17

He needed me to drawings. Without sail.He wants to perform with balsa. I am a beginner. please about something. Thank you. sorry for Poor English Burakko@tlen.pl

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Dan Elliott (author)kbudzyński2015-06-18

I would be happy to help. I will send you the Build Instructions for the Wing Sail Cat to your e-mail address listed above.

Cheers!

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sumneros (author)2015-05-15

Hi Dan,

I think i may have communicated with you before on other forums but I am sixteen and making a four foot long, roughly 2 and a half feet wide and over six feet tall (the wing itself is six feet) model Americas cup foiler. I have made the wing and will be starting on the hulls as soon as I can. I think you will be very interested in my foil system, my boat will be able to adjust the rake of the foils and instead of doing it manually I am going to have a raspberry pi automatically adjusting the rake for most efficient foiling. Do you have any tips for me?

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