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Model sailboat for teaching? Answered

Hello, I work at a Boy Scout Camp over the summer, and one of the merit badges we teach is Small Boat Sailing.  Most of the merit badge goes smoothly, but kids seem to have a hard time with points of sail.  Our plan is to make a small model to put in a tub of water and use a handheld fan to demonstrate the effect the wind will have on the boat at different angles and sail positions.  Any tips on this?  I tried finding models that were accurate, but they were out of our price range.  I want the sail and mast to be able to rotate smoothly, and the mainsheet to be able to be locked and unlocked.

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poofrabbit (author)2012-05-18

In similar thought to Burf, you might try to make a small wind surfing board, I know the sails are not the same but it might help with basic thoughts on how sails move.

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Burf (author)2012-05-18

Rather than trying to build a model boat, why not build a scaled down sail board?
Just attach your scale size sail to a skate board and use that as your demo.

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rickharris (author)2012-05-18

For many years the RYA rules of sailing book came with 4 plastic boats and an arrow to shoe the wind direction. The boats have a small sail that can be turned.

A simple but effective table top explanation.

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