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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ThomasN99

Question 16 days 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

6 months 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

Question 7 months 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

12 months 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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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twrig144twrig144

Reply 1 year ago

Sorry, my email is: twrig114@gmail.com

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cello14

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

Hello Dan,

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

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SamB221

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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 Elliottsigysmun

Reply 1 year ago

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

1 year ago

Bonjour,

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

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Dan Elliottrichard33

Reply 1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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