At this point we have a computer model which tells us how good the boat will be, and we’ve tested the prototype to show it’s giving us the right numbers.
Now the next phase in the plan is to train the crew and finish the details of the boat design so that we get the boat to go as fast as the computer model says it will. We’ll do this over the winter, and in the meantime the crew will be training and we’ll be taking the fun into local schools at STEM events. Then when the weather is warm enough, we’ll do some proving tests with the record boat, and then go for the record.
We’ve had some amazing help at a range of locations to help us make the whole project happen.
The very first outing for the full sized prototype boat was at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Watersports Centre, at their open day in May 2016
Here we did the really basic checks to see if the crew would be ok side-ways on to the direction of travel and even just seeing if the boat would float! The team there are really keen supporters of this venture
After that we did a massive programme of development testing at Carsington Water, where the staff at Carsington Sports & Leisure couldn’t have been more helpful. We tested different speeds, different weights and pedal speeds and directions along with changes in rudder design and hull bow. This was a great opportunity for a real life experience of the engineering and we’re very grateful to them.
The result is that we have the data to show we can go for it, and the next step will be to go to the record-attempt venue, Rutland Water. We’ve been in touch with the staff there throughout the project and look forward to doing some route-trials in January….
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