Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

Sailboats have played an integral part in history and development of modern society. The scope of this project focuses on one particular aspect of the operation of this boat: the crew. The crew is the secondary boat operator sitting toward the front of the boat and the primary need for the crew is to simply shift his/her weight in the boat in order to keep the boat at the desired angle. By replicating this action with an autonomous device, the crew can be eliminated. By setting a desired heel angle on a control panel, a mass driven by a motor can be moved laterally along a track in order to adjust the heel angle accordingly. The goal of this project is to allow a sailor to safely operate a Flying Junior dinghy without a crew and be able to maintain full control of the boat.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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