RC Wing Sail Catamaran

Introduction: RC Wing Sail Catamaran

About: I am a technical detailer with 1220 Exhibits. I design interactive exhibits for children's science museums. I got interested in Wing Sail Catamarans while working on the National Maritime Museum in Mobile, AL.

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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119 Comments

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jrrubill
jrrubill

4 months ago

Hi Dan,
Great boat! Would love to build one. Please send me the files and build instructions at michaelkaro78@gmail.com

Greeting from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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bruce5001
bruce5001

Question 9 months ago

Hi Dan,
Your wing sail catamaran is just what I'm looking for as my next project. Are there any more details available such as fully detailed plans fully dimensioned, CNC instructions, rigging instructions and any other details which are pertinent. If you could please email these to me. Best regards,
Bruce Gray
e: brucegray@gmx.com
I just realised I should have posted my comment as a question. Apologies

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bruce5001
bruce5001

9 months ago on Introduction

Hi Dan,
Your wing sail catamaran is just what I'm looking for as my next project. Are there any more details available such as fully detailed plans fully dimensioned, CNC instructions, rigging instructions and any other details which are pertinent. If you could please email these to me. Best regards,
Bruce Gray
e: brucegray@gmx.com

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rcarusogomes
rcarusogomes

Question 1 year ago

Hi Dan. I built a monohull sailboat, and my next step is build a catamaran sailboat. Your project is what i was looking for. Could you send me more details about the project. CNC instructions, boat measure (length, width, mast height) and others details. Congratulations, Tks.

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IvoM12
IvoM12

2 years ago

Hi Dan,
nice construction! Could you please send me the CNC file.
My e-mail ivosovi_at_seznam.cz
Best regards.

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jeanlouisquero
jeanlouisquero

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

hello
I built this catamaran with 3d printer
could you give me a diagram of the command of the sails and the jib thank you for your work and
cordially

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ThomasN99
ThomasN99

Question 2 years ago

Hello Dan,

I'm very interested about your AC45. Is it possible to have all documents and plans, i will like to make some parts with 3d printer and make all electronics parts with Arduino?

Thanks on advance.

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JesseT46
JesseT46

3 years ago

Hi dan can you build a RC sail like this for me? i can pay you, contact me for more detail jesse1255@hotmail.com thx

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TimValeta
TimValeta

Question 3 years ago on Introduction

3 questions:

1) what kind of glue did you use?

2) how long is the boat?

3) how tall is the main mast?

boat looks great.... nice job...

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Sam-j
Sam-j

3 years ago

Hi Dan,

Great boat. Iwould love to build one. Could you please send me the CNC file and instructions.

Regards

Sam

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ClaudioD44
ClaudioD44

4 years ago

Hi Dan,

nice construction, but no where I found the full Rig weight or the weight of the rigid wing only. Thanks a lot

Claudio

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LievenB
LievenB

4 years ago

Hi Dan, what a beautiful boat. I would be able to get your drawing and what materials are used.
Greetings from Netherlands

Pancho email: lievenpancho@hotmail.com

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Darkkawa
Darkkawa

4 years ago

Hi Dan,

I want to make this boat. Could you email me the files and build instructions, please. mail to : guenter.sofeit@ymail.com

Best greetings from Vienna/Austria

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Jo  JoP
Jo JoP

4 years ago

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
twrig144

4 years ago

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
twrig144

Reply 4 years ago

Sorry, my email is: twrig114@gmail.com