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Kelkschiz posted a topic in LEGO Technic and Model TeamThis MOC has been a long time in the making. It started about a year ago, when I saw a video by Sariel, called Leviathan Airboat. In that video Sariel speculated about the possibility of using LEGO sails for building an actual LEGO sailboat. At the time I thought that was a wonderful idea, except that I wouldn't use LEGO sails but my own custom sails. During the weeks that followed the idea of building a LEGO sailboat stayed on my mind, and soon after I started ordering parts from bricklink. There were some crucial components that were difficult to get, namely the sails and the Sbrick. Finally, when the MOC was done, the winter cold kept me from trying it out on the water. I have made two videos, the first is a simple video showing it in action on the water the second video describes the building process. Enjoy! Action footage: Building process:
Some time ago i started toying around with the idea of building a LEGO sailboat. After watching a video of Sariel where he mentioned doing it with LEGO-sails, I really started thinking about the approach i'd take. Building a LEGO sailboat is not as easy as you might think because LEGO hulls leave a lot to be desired, weight is obviously a crucial factor and if you want to go for performance, then there are a lot of stresses the build needs to handle. Also, LEGO does not make sails that offer the performance i was looking for, so i had to make those myself. Purist may not like my MOC because of the amount of non-LEGO parts (rigging and sails), but I am mostly interested in performance. And perform it surely does, the MOC took its maiden voyage yesterday with a stiff breeze in open water and it performed beautifully, good speed, stability and sailing close hauled was no problem. Unfortunately I wasn't able to film it, as controlling the boat especially with the high wind took all my focus. And there was a huge problem, which i had feared before hand. The range of the PF remote outdoors was really poor, only 2-3 meter which was not near enough to properly control the boat. So i am desperately waiting for either the SBrick or somesuch to become available so i can make a proper video. The functions of the MOC are: two remote controlled rudders and a remote controlled sheet for the mainsail. The jib is self-tacking. There are still quite a lot of improvements i am planning to make, so far is was mostly a proof of concept. The link offers a small video of the main RC functions.