how long do you think it would take to sail from hilton head SC, to the florida keys on a sailing canoe outrigger?

I am planning a trip from the hilton head south carolina to the florida keys. i will be carrying all of my camping equipment and water on the boats, i am looking at about 10 hours of sailing each day. How long do you think it would take to do that? average speed?

Question by ParacordJedi 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How taper wood closet pole for sailboat yard?

I'd like to taper the ends of a 1.5" closet pole to make the yard for a small sailboat. I'm looking for easy way(s) to turn the pole so I can use belt sander belting to do the tapering.I've thought of using 2" PVC pipe sections as journals and driving the rod with a belt powered by a small motor. (I do not need to taper the center so the drive can go there...or at either end). I'm open to better ideas.

Question by Paul.Helbert 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Where to buy old sails??

I'm looking for a sail, maybe 2, to make bags, beanbags, sunshades out of. BUT I can't find any cheaply. Do people not  get rid of old sails. I've seen fairly cheap ones but they are still useable as sails so it seems a waste. So shortly Where can I find sails which are no longer useable as sails? Thanks Plus I'm in the UK

Question by mattyuke 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Suggestions for recycling boat sails

A friend of mine had some old boat sails that he was throwing away and I ended up claiming them. Now I've been thinking about a project to use them in, but I'm pretty much hitting a wall. I've considered making a teepee, bags, even clothes but none of those sound appealing so I was hoping for some inspiration.

Topic by antagonizer 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What sail is best for this raft?

I'm been thinking about building myself a raft. the tricky part is that the raft shuld have a sail. I have made a drawing of the raft using Google SketchUp. what is not shown in the drawing are some barrels and ballast. the raft shall be 23 feet long and 16 feet wide and have a small house on it 8.2 feet long and 13 feet wide. its this big becouse we are four who are going to use it. Now, the question. how should I build the sail? i added the drawing so you can take a look if you like. sorry about the grammar and/or spelling

Topic by Ungerbla 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


need ideas for a sailing kayak

hello everybody with the weather getting warmer down here in the south eastern U.S. my friend has invited me to go camping/kayaking with him and his family i have been kayaking with my friend's family before and had a great time but when we would race kayaks the girls (my friends sister and her friend) would always beat us (the guys) unmercifully mainly because the girls had the 2 person kayak and therefore more people power now this time i need a secret weapon and while i was thinking along the lines of torpedoes and surface to surface missiles i eventually ruled them out due to the danger aspect but then i got the idea i was looking for you see the objective is to get from point A to point B before the opposition not destroy the opposition then get from point A to point B at my own pace so i decided i would need to be able to travel at a faster rate than the girls so what i am thinking of is a sail now here is the challenge i am unable to make any modifications what so ever to the actual kayak so strapping a outboard motor on the kayak is out this leaves me with the idea of making a sail out of a few tent poles and a tarp but since i do not  know much about kayaks i need to know these things 1. how can the sail be anchored to the kayak without damaging or permanently altering the kayak in anyway 2. any ideas on how i can steer i have a few but i would like to hear yours also i have looked at the project sailyak by zigzagchris https://www.instructables.com/id/Project-SailYak/  and while this is helpful i need more specifics as mentioned above thank you, fidgety2

Topic by fidgety2 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Meat Ship Sets Sail

If you're planning on eating several pounds of sausage and bacon you might as well get some friends over and make a boat out of it, right? Yeah, sure.We have an Instructable for making placemats out of bacon and bacon soap, but this is pretty epic in comparison. This is all great if you're into bacon. Which I'm not. It's one of my least favorite things to eat and I find this to be pretty disgusting, but I hear that I'm pretty much on my own for that opinion. Most everyone else finds it delicious. MeatShip

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Speaking of a boat made from recycled bottles.....

Here is an article and a video about a couple that wishes to sail their boat made of plastic bottles, from San Francisco to Australia. David de Rothschild is preparing to sail from San Francisco to Australia in a raft made of 12,000 recycled bottles. Among other things, he is hoping to convince the world to take better care of its waste.The Link and video are here

Topic by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Windmill on top of the mast?

Hi there, I'm rescuing an '72 all-wooden yacht (18ft) named Knights of Ni; the woodwork and painting are mostly done and I'm now busy with the electrics. It has a 12V system running of a car battery which is powered by a small solar cell and if necessary I can charge it on land. I was wondering though, whether it is possible to mount a small windmill on top of the mast using for instance the van of a vacuum cleaner and a bike dynamo (or anything else not too big and heavy), and then running a wire through the mast to the battery. I would be very grateful for your advice. If you want/need to see more pictures of the boat please give me a shout. Greetings from Holland, Barbarossa

Topic by Barbarossa 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


where can i get free sail boat plants?

Im looking for sites on the web that offers free DIY sail boat plans.

Question by kevin22 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help me build me boat!!

While mowing through some desighns for a play wood outrigger, i came acorss some fairly intresting consept. that i should use straight timber battern inbetween thin nails to make the curve for the side pannels (for the hull) but of coarse i cant find out what a stright timber battern is or how to make one. so i thorugh my self at the mercy of the great sailers here at instructables

Topic by Jumpin Jehosaphat 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


On a sailing trip, how would I find somewhere to dock?

I'm looking to get into sailing but I wouldn't know how to find somewhere to put in on a trip far from home. This would probally be on the east coast of Canada/United States.

Question by tyride 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Kite-powered ship sets sail.

German container ship MS Beluga SkySails has set sail for Venezuela from Germany, towed in part by 160 square metres of parafoil.The kite is flown at an altitude of around 200m (depending on exact wind conditions), and is expected to save nearly $1600 in fuel costs every day.The kite is computer-controlled, flying in a constant figure-eight to maintain traction.If this trial is successful, kites of up to 5000m2 are planned for future trips.BBC StorySkySails site

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Model sailboat for teaching?

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.

Question by nlaluzerne 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


CAN I USE MAGNETS ON THE SAIL OF THE WINDMILL TO ROTATE IT ?

Question by ThejasV 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated  Free feel to contact me Cheers Tom

Topic by TomP117 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to rig a westerly nimrod sailing boat

Im looking for a tutorial on how to rig a westerly nimrod sailing boat, my grandad has a westerly nimrod, when he tries to attach the cables to keep up the mainsail, the front cable is too short and the side cables are too long. any answers will be helpful thanks. freerunnin1

Question by freerunnin1 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



sail plane made from paper clips

Who would be interested in an instructable about how to make a working glider made from paper clips, food wrap, and a small engine? I was going to do this for the launch it challenge but I didnt have time to do it.

Topic by Pat Sowers 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Plastic Bottle Boat Set to Sail Pacific

Talk about keeping the bottle - how about keeping 12,000!David De Rothschild is currently building a sailboat from 90% recycled materials, which he has dubbed the Plastiki and plans to sail from California to Australia! Joining him on the Plastiki will be a permanent crew of three sailors and scientists plus a handful of other crew members who will rotate through the voyage. The Plastiki is expected to stop in Hawaii, Tuvalu and Fiji on its way to Sydney, a trip estimated to take more than 100 days.The vessel's twin hulls will be filled with 12,000 to 16,000 bottles. Skin-like panels made from recycled PET, a woven plastic fabric, will cover the hulls and a watertight cabin, which sleeps four. Two wind turbines and an array of solar panels will charge a bank of 12-volt batteries, which will power several onboard laptop computers, a GPS and SAT phone.The plastic sailboat is taking shape in an old pier building not far from this city's famous Fisherman's Wharf and is scheduled to set sail in April.Read the whole story at CNN's Tech spot.

Topic by scoochmaroo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


open arts and design sailing school : in progress ...

Here is a dream ... i had a few week ago :My dream just looked so real !!!! :- I want to create stuff- i want to travel- i want to share (teach, learn)- I want to be free, share this dream- I want to make something usefull for myself and others... I'm dreaming ...I want to be inspired from what i prefer from the different places I have seen as a student and teacher :institute without boundaries = The concept of the open arts and design sailing school, should be to solve global and local problem creatively. The institute without boundaries is a graduate school (all students are self-responsible and motivated) with the boat we can go where the design/ art solution is needed and exchange it with goods, money / services to survive promoting global well-being. At the moment they have decided to focus all the students attention in soving one problem : housing in develloping countries, now the energy of everyone is this direction, the school is based in Toronto, but the students travel the world study and find clever-cheap solutions adapted to different places.ensci = the 24h//365days open school you can weld or hammer at anytime of the day and night, all the facilities are all accessible, the students are responsible.wikiveristy : the on-line community everyone can join.boat building school : the maker knowledge of ancientsgispy school = compact school solution in a truckmake zine = publicating, is very important, and it should be done daily, simple rawnavy boat = woaaah this boat is so amazing !!! Imagine sucha big ship, we can have everything in, metal wood plastic glass fibers music painting textile chemistry workshop !!!!Open course ware = Super high quality training FOR FREE !!! School should be preparing for professional life, so teachers and students should undertake together briefs from the outside to make money for financing the boat and learn.open source softwares = the open school should use 'only' open source software and promotes its usage and be independent.cousteau = scientific and politicaly engaged ship missionrainbow warrior = promoting ecological ideology and freedom and respect of diversity.Royal College of Arts = aplace where students from different areas of study exchange and collaborate on diverse projects : if you join the project you come to learn and maybe you can teach something as well ! v2 lab = to be a place for people to pursue long term researches and experimental projects.squid lab = instructables is run by a company, Squid Lab. Not like a charity they can also undertake projects to make money to run other activities such as instructables website and feed a community of enthousiasts users.UDK Berlin wiki system = i was mucky enough to pop-in the UDK " Experimental Media Design " class, i asked if i can sit and listen, ans what I saw amazed me : the students were doing a vast presentation on the subject "network", each group of student would focus on a particular angle of the subject, everyone collecting informations and uploading it on the class wiki (on-line collaborative website), making a huge and relevant knowledge base for the next step : creating artefacts !!! AMAZING people ! Students and teachers were equal, just collecting infos, the teachers was just here to order the datas and rovide support of experience when needed.The boat itself should be made ecologicaly and collectively.I'm sure funding can be found from goverments, private funders, environemental organisations, scientific missions, foundations, cities, councils, and the money made by the members of the projects while travelling, providing solutions.So that's pretty much it, from what i know, but if you know any particulairity you think exellent, it has to be included in this project.Isn't this exciting !!!!????I have seen immense boats abandonned in Greece waiting to be repaired and re-used !!!!Now, it's time to build the idea and see who's interested.So many things must be done :- defining what needs to be on-board, the functions ...- how many users ...- materials, place to build, legal, money ...- the entire prject actually ... heheheh !! ...

Topic by cesar harada 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


How can I age new fabric which is glued to an old land yachting sail? Answered

My study association builds land yacht for own use. One of them, which was broken and outdated, recently is renovated such that it can be displayed next to the room of the board of the study association.  The sail we use for it is an original DN ice-yacht sail about 40 years old. For the looks we, and our faculty mechanical engineering, decided we should add logo's of our association and the TU/e on the sail. This is done, but now rises the problem. The new logo's/letters don't look right, way to young. How can we age the new fabric to the correct looks?

Question by ruudcreates 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to make a giant collapsible Frisbee... for a canoe?

Y'know those cheap collapsible Frisbees everywhere? Well, I want to make a sturdy (but still collapsible) version about three feet in diameter, and attach it to an oar/paddle to go sailing on a canoe. Any suggestions?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help with building a sunfish-like Sailboat?

So, ever since I rode with a friend on a Sunfish, I've wanted one. Problem is, I can't afford to buy a new one and I can't seem to find any used ones. As such, I decided to employ the communal intelligence and experience of the members of Instructables. I like the idea of a small, easy to transport sailboat that can be used on inland lakes. Also, since I'm a beginning sailer, a boat that can be easily righted would be a plus. So, ideas, anyone?

Question by 652800 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How to tell if your project is accepted

OK, one of my entries has been approved, I have posted three. The others say they are entered, but I have not received confirmation yet, and their pictures do not show up under "Entries" people are commenting on the items, however I can't see them in entries. ? How will I know when, and if I need to make changes, or resubmit the entry? Will they let me know if it does not meet the requirements? or what changes may need to be made? Thanks for any help. 

Topic by AoneD 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Tim Anderson

Meet Tim Anderson! He's the co-founder of Z-Corp 3D printers, host of the Know How Show, author of the Heirloom Technology column in MAKE magazine, and the most prolific Instructables author with 222 projects and counting! So, besides teaching you how to get a free yacht and how to fly a hydrofoil, what is Tim doing for the betterment of humanity?  Here's how he describes it in his profile: Tim's philosophy involves building minimum-consumption personal infrastructure from recycled scavenged materials.  Redirecting the waste stream.  Doing much with little.  A reverse peace-corps to learn from poor people all over the world. In practice, this means traveling the world documenting traditional Pacific Island sailing canoes, collecting handy tricks from Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and the US, and teaching us how to repair or reuse almost anything.  (When you're done with the Handy Tricks series, check out his Instructable showing How Not To.)   You can also learn how to move a tree, or keep an old truck running. He's a believer in Garbage Santa, who leaves "trash" treats for creative people to find and repurpose, and can do almost anything with recycled bike innertubes.  He's also an enthusiastic sailor, bicyclist, and kiter who builds all of his own equipment - check out his ice gear in this video: So, are you inspired yet?  Do you believe in Garbage Santa?  And which Tim Anderson project are you most likely to try? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Topic by canida 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


making a grappling hook ?

I know there are already instructables on grappling hooks but none are quite what i want . criteria are :strong,cheap, a good weight heavy enough to get distance on a throw but not so much that it feels like carrying round a rock , adaptable from tasks like getting up a tree to using as an anchor from a boat(which i plan to make at some point) to dragging logs around etc. i have an idea of welding together some heavy duty nails or screws.   or possibly putting some screws into wood but im worried that the former would be quite difficult for me to make with m lack of experience and the latter to be to weak .so please could anyone reading this put there ideas forward ,  thanks wood wizard

Question by wood wizard 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


HI, any members interested in sailing, also making thier own sailing catamran ie: , A TORNADO CATAMRAN?

Hi I live in a country Bulgaria, I have limited amount of money, I would like to build a catamtan boat, specifically an F18 or a tornado would be great, it needs to be perfect and sea worthy as I intend to sail it every weekend during our summer period. I saw some plans here, does any one have something better or some experience to share, or perhaps you live in Bulgarian town of Varna and would like to help.

Question by fastsnail 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


My Laser Sailboat!

Well, as not very many of you, my family owns a sailboat - a one man racing sailboat called a Laser. I just thought I'd show it to you guys. Its a blast to ride, you can go very fast, all at no cost to the environment! Hope you enjoy it. IaC 1: Rocking it pretty fast. The boom smashing through the water is slowing me down a bit though. 2: I got caught in irons on a bad tack here, the wind was really going too. 3: Dry roll time! When the boat flips, you can hop over the side and stand on the daggarboard to right it. f you do it right, you wont even get wet. 4: Cruising on a broad reach. Good times!

Topic by I_am_Canadian 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do knex hydrolics stuff get made?

umm, well, i see knex hydrolics stuff around and i wondered how the hydrolics were made...cuz itd be really useful on my boats, thanks! if an instructible could be made on how to do it, then a link post, id be very happy! thanks in advance hedzup456 knex addict

Question by hedzup456 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I'm trying to make a sail with tarpaulin. What can i use to sew and/or glue the tarps together? Answered

I'm trying to put together two polyethylene tarps together for a makeshift sail i'm working on. I've looked at some spray adhesives but I've never used them before an am not sure how much i can trust them. What are some spray adhesives i could use? I'm looking for something that is extremely strong and waterproof (i'd be great if it's UV resistant too). I'm thinking i'll also hand stitch it too just to add extra strength - any advise there?  Thanks

Question by Aaron Cole 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How should I go about planning and executing a boat trip in the tropics with my friends?

I want to get a few of my friends together (5-10) and rent/buy a motor boat to adventure around in the Caribbean with for a summer or so. I just would like some advice concerning the whole process. Your guys' How To Get A Free Yacht collection was very helpful and combining it with the idea of a roadtrip... well that's exactly what I want to do! Thanks much!

Question by t3hippos 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I make a tuna lure to use when sailing across an ocean?

Most sailors who fish use a 200 pound hand-line. Making lures looks easy but I bet there are things a newbee won't understand about hooks, skirts, lures, crimps, etc.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Knex viking ship- v3

Knex viking ship™- v3 Yes, another version! Now with added sail!

Topic by Hiyadudez 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Whats the appropiate paint/substance used for waterline painting

A recently constructed 24' hull (plywood on frame, 3 sections) that belongs to a set of outriger cannoes now need a coat of paint for the already marked waterline. the boat has yet to be primed. im thinking  "couple layers of regular exterior paint should do it" but it'd be a shame if i did'nt ask all you satly's here at instructables what you thought. (priming under way)

Topic by Jumpin Jehosaphat 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Surface tension propels tiny boat without sails or moving parts

From the New Scientist:WATCHING Sung Kwon Cho's model boat glide silently across the still water with no propellers or sails, you'd be forgiven for thinking a phantom hand was drawing the vessel forward. The boat is actually being driven by water surface tension, the same force that allows some insects to skate across the surface of a pond.The design is inspired by Pyrrhalta beetle larvae, which also use surface tension to propel themselves. Since it requires no moving parts, the method should be more robust than those involving propellers and may use just a hundredth of the power.Another story on the NetworkWorld site (with a few skeptical comments.)Doesn't look too difficult to replicate, does it?

Topic by gmoon 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles to sail across Pacific

The Plastiki is a boat that is held afloat by 12,500 plastic 2-liter bottles. Built by Adventure Ecology and captained by David de Rothschild, the boat will travel 7,500 miles from San Francisco to Sydney. Its mission is to create awareness about the vast amounts of plastic that get thrown into landfill or end up in the oceans. In addition to the wind power, the Plastiki will also be propelled by crew members bicycling along. Rain will be caught to provide water and sprouts will be grown in a vertical garden. Check out the link below for a lot more info. Plastiki via inhabitat

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What to with a couple Old Windsurfers? Maybe Catamaran?

I have a couple windsurfers I am trying to come up with ideas of something fun to do with. I tried to make one into a small sailboat with a fixed boat for a friend who was unable to learn to windsurf but the mast was too heavy and flipped over. I am thinking of putting a pvc pipe where the mast went and making a smaller sail. Has anyone tried to make a catamaran out of two windsurfers? Or maybe a trimaran with the windsurf board in the middle?

Topic by volleybiggs 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What to do with Gorilla Tape? Answered

I just used some to help me seel my outrigger sailing canoe and now i have plenty left...what do i do with it?

Question by connoboarder 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Lego sophisticated electromechanical pirate ship that sail into a picture frame and splits to sink ? Answered

Some time ago I saw an ingenious Lego multi motor driven theater like presentation of a pirate ship sail into a frame and appear to get damaged by splitting into two. Now I have grandson who is a Whiz at all Lego and would be equal to duplicating this minor wonder. Regrettably my search skills are not up to locating this project here or YouTube Hope someone knows of this this ? I have always paid top dollar at brick & mortar stores, no longer exist If you are privy to a good big Lego Net store please let me know ?

Question by iceng 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Is this idea for a skateboard kite attachment practical or even a good idea? Answered

I was looking at some of the kite Ible's and had this random idea pop into my head about a way to attach a sail to a longboard to reduce arm fatigue and put more of the force directly on the board. I really don't know much about the physics or anything involved, but i would like to try this.  the image is a two minute MS paint picture to get my point across. shown is a two-tether design, but i assume this could easily be done with a multiple tether set up, and that might be better. Just throwing this out for ideas/comments/criticism.

Question by ilpug 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


why are there no build-your-own windsurfer instructions out there?

Can't you just make a wooden plywood box w/ a fin/daggerboard? is it so easy to do that it should be self-explanatory, or am i over-simplifying it?

Question by tonimwhite 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Instructables Internship - Day 9 (AWESOME DAY!)

Thursday: AWESOME DAY!Thursday was just AWESOME! So basically, I learned how to use the Laser cutter today, and cut out THE FIRST INSTRUCTABLES BADGE EVER!(pic after post)After, I worked with Noah on Project X a whole little bit more, and we got it working, baby!I'm excited to see this thing go for real! But seriously, I can't tell you what it is, yet...Today was also the first day that I really got used to COREL draw, which enabled me to make most of the templates for everyone's badges, which I think are all pretty awesome. Everyone's got a customized "logo" and their username on the badge, which makes every Instructables badge original and personalized. Unfortunately, I didn't have time today to etch all of the badges, so that'l just have to wait until tomorrow.Later in the afternoon, Star asked me if I wanted to go sailing, to which I responded "What?" After I agreed to spontaneously go sailing with her and Tim, she brought me outside, where I learned that we were fixing up Tim's old outrigger canoe that he tried to sail to Cuba in. Tim, Star, and I were all working on the outrigger; lashing a makeshift trampoline on with bike innertubes... actually, most of the frame was held together with bike innertubes, including the rudder. Everyone was skeptical about us actually launching at all, assuming that we wouldn't launch in the dark of the night. Although, lucky for us, we were all "crazy" enough to launch in the dark. We geared up in fleeces, windbreakers, and life vests and hauled the outrigger out by hand (it was on castings), and launched it right next to Squid Labs. At first, Tim sailed us out of "port" (in the lagoon) and out into the Bay. It was spectacular. The moon, the stars, the SF skyline, it was all beautiful. Tim told us of his experiences on the outrigger while he was sailing back from almost Cuba, and proceeded to teach us more about boats in general. He then let Star take over the rudder and sail, while he lay down on the main hull. I was lying down on the makeshift trampoline, an old stretcher, by the way. We watched the stars over our heads, and, at first, the occasional passing of a brown pelican. Eventually, we came pretty close to "pelican island," a protected breeding ground for the brown pelican. Yet, the night was still young. We continued to listen to Tim speak about sailing, occasionally contributing to the conversation as well. It was all fascinating, not only what he told us, but the fact that the source of his knowledge was primarily himself. The other amusing part of the entire moonlit ride was the fact that Tim built the outrigger from essentially scratch, and most of it was lashed together with innertubes. Simply amazing. Eventually, I was given the opportunity to take control of the beautifully made outrigger canoe, and sailed us back from the bay, back into the lagoon, and back onto land. The whole trip was a once in a lifetime experience, although I hope I do get to go on a similar one soon enough. Thank you so much, Tim, for taking me out onto the bay, and thank you so much Star, for asking me if I wanted to go sailing in the first place. By the way, we got back to Squid at around 10:00, I believe, which was again, pretty late for a workday ;)I packed up my things and Tim/Star drove me home.That was pretty much it for that awesome day. Quite possibly the best day in the duration of this entire Internship.Cheers,-Muffinator

Topic by T3h_Muffinator 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


what material should be used to make a model boat?

We hv made boat of aluminium but it is not sailing in straight direction wat to do plz help also what type of shaft should be use for solar  motor C (its pin is .8mm)

Question by bestads27 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wind Dam

Architects and designers Chetwoods have proposed building a wind dam. A giant sail would funnel air flowing through a canyon into a wind turbine to generate electricity. The pictures look unreal, even for CAD models, but the idea is pretty cool. More here at Inhabitat and Ecotality Life.

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is it legal to camp one the beach for a night in Florida, Georgia, And South Carolina?

I am planning a sailing trip to the keys and wanted to know if it was legal to bring my canoe outrigger ashore and then pitch a tent while I heat a tasty can of beans up  :)

Question by ParacordJedi 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


R/C Sailboat

I want to make a R/C sailboat, so far I have 4x32x1/4 inch balsa wood planks and they should last me the entire project. This weekend I'm going to visit a hobby store and get: waterproof wood glue, waterproofer for the wood. Then go to target and get a rotary tool. The boat will be 3 inches tall with a 1 inch keel (keeps the boat from tipping) 5 inches wide and 15 inches tall. I will get a cheap multi directional R/C car and use the steering mechanism to move the rudder and the drive motor to turn the sail. Once I make the boat I'll fill the gaps with wood paste and water proof everything hopefuly with a silicon based sealant. Any tips or flaws with my plans, please see the attached sketch.

Topic by acer73 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how can i usa a radio controll model gyro and servo to make a turntable point in the same direction?

I live on a sail boat and i can get wifi but each time the boat swings i lose the signal so want to mount the antena on a turntabe to keep it pointing in the same direction?

Question by Poppy_Ann 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What songs should I mix?

I want to mix a couple of songs together, and I am not sure what to match. I would prefer mixing a modern song with a classic rock song. My first idea is to mix Sail with Comfortably Numb. Also, I have roxio 2012. Are there any free audio editing programs that would work better?

Topic by metalshiflet 5 years ago


does anyone know how to make a way to turn a mountain board im gunna use it for windskating?

Altright i have one windskate or landsurf board or dirt windsurfer or whateevr you want to call it but i want to make another one, could i use longboard trucks or is there a better way

Question by for2abs 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago