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RC SAILBOAT COMPETITION



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RC SAILBOAT COMPETITION Overview Participants research and present sailboat design principles and build a model sailboat that is raced on a test track Challenge Design test and race a model sailboat and document the design process using an Engineering Design Log Procedure The sailboat and notebook are submitted at the time and place stated in class A maximum of 2 teams per class are allowed as assigned by the instructor Entries will be reviewed by teachers and observers on race day All team members should be present if possible at the race location A minimum of two and a maximum of four members from each team may participate in the actual race control Regulations A Student designed and constructed sailboat 1 The boat s hull must either be a single hull double hull catamaran or triple hull trimaran design No additional components to assist with stability may extend from the hull Rudders keels ballast bulbs and the like may be used 2 The overall length of the boat cannot exceed 32 3 The width of the boat s hull cannot exceed 16 at any point The overall width of the boat including sail and sail components cannot exceed 24 4 The total height of the boat from bottom of keel to top of mast cannot exceed 60 5 The only source of power for moving the sailboat forward is its sail s Artificial power from props may be used to motor out to the course but all controls for this action must be controlled from a separate remote than sail functions This secondary remote will be given to judges prior to starting the sailing portion of the competition 6 Finished sailboats must look professional and function well in the water to receive good marks from the judges B Documentation Notebook 1 Engineering Design Log must be kept in some type of notebook or composition book that can be kept by the judges at the end of the competition 2 Notebook should contain a cover page with team name members names date submitted and class 3 Notebook should also demonstrate a firm grasp of each stage of the engineering design process as stated in the textbook and taught in class Be sure to incorporate sketches and photos relating to each subsystem used in the sailboats construction 4 Judges should be able to see a team s sailboat take shape from ideation through conception up to full functioning prototype by looking through this design log Evaluation A Evaluation is based upon the effective documentation of the design process the quality of the model and the performance of the model B If the boat fails to meet any part of Regulation A this is grounds for disqualification in the race portion of the event


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