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An autonomous recreational sailboat

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First Prototypes

A robotic sail does not need to functionally adapt to human abilities of sailing. I chose to explore a sail that is based on nature's way of capturing wind: Wings.

Final Prototype

The final prototype was a sail that is unconventional in form and function. It can perform all the actions of a regular sail, but does so in a way that is simpler for a robot. 

Sail Positions

Hull Exploration

The robot sailboat needed a futuristic hull to match the aesthetic and function of the sail. I did some quick explorations of what it might look like. 

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