Monday, 23 May 2016

First Day of Testing


On Sunday the team was able to test our boat Sea++ for the first time this year! The competition is approaching fast and we are in our last stages of preparing. A huge thank-you to United Sail Works for getting our sail done so quickly, we wouldn't have been able to test without it. We'll be back out testing soon, if you want to come watch follow our facebook page for updates or contact us at munsailbot@gmail.com.

Jeffrey and Evgueni in the Chase Boat following Sea++

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Big Plans Coming up for the New Year


It’s the beginning of another year for MUN SailBOT and construction is well on the way. With new electronics from the full overhaul from last year, the fall semester was dedicated to mapping the new system as well as planning the improvements to be made. On the coding front, the team has been very busy updating and creating code for the new competition this June. With the addition of a machine vision event, the team has been challenged to create a large section of brand new code that with the use of a camera should help us sail to a buoy in a large body of water. The Mechanical/Naval team has started overhauling the hull, building the rudders, and designing a new rigging, sail and mounting system for the new electronics. It will be a busy year for MUN SailBOT with major overhauls happening in every sector! We are hoping to repeat our successes from last year and hold onto the International Robotics Sailing Regatta title. If you are interested in working with the team, or supporting us with a donation, the MUN SailBOT Team can be contacted at munsailbot@gmail.com.

MUN SailBOT Team at the 2015 IRSR Award Ceremony

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Petunia II making the winning lap in the long distance race:

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Monday, 18 May 2015

MUN SailBOT would like to thank Spartan Industrial Marine for offering a discount on some great fiber glassing supplies. Every bit of support helps our team build amazing boats.


The Last Few Weeks

We are now approaching the competition date fast and our boat is almost ready to sail. with a new hull, a new electrical layout, and a beautiful new wind sensor, we hope to be a worthy opponent this year.









Saturday, 31 January 2015

Construction Phase

A new semester has come which marks our transition from the design phase to the construction phase of our new boat. During the last Fall semester, the design team conjured up a new hull, rudder, bulb and sailplan as well as redesigning the electrical system. Druring this Winter semester, these components of our boat will be constructed and then put to the test (when the ice melts).

The construction of the hull is already underway with the mold almost complete. The bulb is in its beginning stages of construction and parts for the new rudder are being cut and sanded to size.





Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A New Hull

The new hull for the 2015 IRSR competition is underway and looking great thus far. This hull form has undergone a few revisions and is currently in the stages of analysis using software such as GHS and hopefully ANSYS CFX. Some upcoming changes to the hull form include:


  • Adding more buoyancy to the bow to reduce trim when running
  • Attempt to ensure that her natural pitch frequency is nowhere near that of the expected wave frequency, since this was a problem that was seen with Trixie.
  • any changes resulting from the construction design, such as implementing a crash bow similar to Trixie's bow.
It is expected that within the next couple weeks, the construction of the mold will begin.




Aside from a new hull, the team is also redesigning a new bulb, redesigning the sail plan, a new rudder and a complete overhaul of the electronics system.