Can we make a sailboat that is articulated and inflatable at the same time? Yes.
Can we make a prototype that is simple and modular to test different size, shapes and control on the same machine? Yes.
Size : 110 cm Long, Height
Overall Weight : about ~2.5 kg
Weight Ballast / queel : ~1.5 kg
Materials : Plastic film from "space bag"
Surface sail :
Depth in water
Time of fabrication
Control : Remote control (RC)
People : Cesar Harada, Sey Min
Thanks to : Piem Wirtz, Cesar Harada, Etienne Gernez, Henrik Rudstrom, Boris Debackere.
Interesting model that allowed us to verify the possibility of having a boat that is both inflatable and articulated. Now it is not easy, the articulations needs to be very well executed else it creates too much friction for the servos motors to handle. Protei_005.1 did not really function because the servos were too weak and there was too much friction on the cables. The main point was to get familiar with these inflatable new prototyping materials.