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Old Jul 29, 2013, 08:53 PM
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A very small galleon

Ahoy there, folks! I am nearing completion on my latest project, the galleon Santa Maria in 1:144 scale. It began as a simple laser-cut shelf kit for a skeleton ship, but the project very quickly ballooned in its ambition. This little ship now sports sail control with a single servo, and a second servo for the rudder. Unlike my previous ships, I chose to add as much scale rigging as I could. I know that the rigging (and sail plan, and hull, and many other things) will make this ship handle poorly on the water, but I wanted to see how much strength the rigging could add. The result is some incredibly strong masts, even though I used sewing thread for all the rigging.

As I near the end of this project, I must decide what sort of keel I want to add. I have extremely little weight to work with, given that the largest ballast I can use is a AA battery. Any advice from fellow micro sailors on the subject of keels would be much appreciated.
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Old Jul 30, 2013, 02:45 AM
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....As I near the end of this project, I must decide what sort of keel I want to add. I have extremely little weight to work with, given that the largest ballast I can use is a AA battery. Any advice from fellow micro sailors on the subject of keels would be much appreciated.
A single AA battery would weigh around 30 grams I would estimate. You can use a very light keel weight if you are prepared to add a lightweight, long (deep) keel fin with a very dense (lead) bulb on the bottom. Maybe the fin would be the length of the boat roughly, a bit like a footy.... The longer the fin, the less weight you need for the same righting moment.....

Hope this helps
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 09:16 AM
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Nice micro sailer !

whats her displacement ? did
My Micro sailships both had around 350g displacement so i was able to use a 100g keel on both. My Micro footy worked very well with only a 50g keel weight
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