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Old Dec 04, 2011, 09:11 AM
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Wingsail Gyro Stabilization

Hello Dan,

Very interesting reads on your wingsail projects. I didn't read every single posting on the other thread, so please forgive me if this has been discussed already.

You said in the previous thread that your wingsail catamarans are very skittish because you're running without ballast (as a cat shold be sailed). This of course is just as one would expect; at model scales things move too quickly for the pilot to react.

Have you considered installing a helicopter-type heading hold gyro on the servo that controls angle of attack of the wingsail? With a heading hold gyro the boat could make instantaneous adjustments in wing pitch, thereby largely (if not entirely) eliminating capsizing.

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