Introduction: Quick, Easy and Cheap Sail [Protei]

We are Martijn and Stijn and we are working on the Protei project at Eindhoven University of Technology, faculty of Industrial Design.
Our goal for this project is to create a cheap and easy to build RC sailboat for everyone to build.

In this post we show the first sail be built. This cheap and easy sail consists of;

- 150cm of 40mm PVC tube
- a 120cm kite (bought from a clearance for 4 euros)
- wooden rods (size does not really matter as long as they are)

Step 1, drill holes in the PVC tube. It is best to start with the bottom and top one, the distance between them exactly the witdh of the kite. We then also drilled holes with a 20 cm interval between the top and bottom hole.

Step 2, Then place the tube between the kite and the trim wires (see picture 5)

Step 3, Force the wooden rods through the holes in the tube and into the air chambers of the kite. The rods should tension the timwires around the tube.

You are finished!