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Sailboats in Simpleplanes!

15.2k Rcb1235  4.3 years ago

So with the new wind feature in SP 1.6 it's possible to make sailboats that are powered by the wind. Sailboats that are simply pushed by the wind work fine, but real sailboats have the ability to sail close to the direction of the wind. Their sails work like wings, creating a low pressure in front of the sail and a high pressure behind it. This pushes the boat along the water.

My first prototype sailboat was a large catamaran, it used the new gyroscope to steer. It could only sail 90 degrees towards the wind. Not good enough.

After about 15 minutes of messing around with single hull boats (they were better at sailing upwind), I decided to use the new giros to stabilize the boat. This worked wonders on the sailing characteristics of the boat. It could now sail faster than the wind! (With the effect of 'apparent wind').

After balancing out the placement of the sail and rudder, the boat can now sail 45 degrees into the wind! With an average speed of 50 mph in 35 mph winds.

This new update is awesome!

Here's a link to a video of the boat

EDIT = Video link died

Try out the boat your self! link

The little yellow triangle at the bottom of the screen is the wind direction.

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    233 GOZZbro

    I’m building a sail boat. And it tips to the right and sinks. when there is no wind. So I changed the weight of the boat and it tipped to the left and sunk. How do I make it balanced and stable.

    7 months ago
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    If you like this stuff you could look at my profile (I know how that sounds)

    1.5 years ago
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    30 Jrqwio

    Cool

    1.6 years ago
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    Video?

    1.7 years ago
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    15.2k Rcb1235

    @MK82 You could also use these moded wings under water. I used them on my America's cup boat.

    +3 2.9 years ago
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    15.2k Rcb1235

    @MK82 Unfortunately Simpleplanes doesn't have very realistic water physics. I get my boats to sail up wind with oversized daggerboards and rudders, it doesn't look to good but it gets the job done.

    +2 2.9 years ago
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    430 MK82

    hey i'm here too! look at my catamaran. ps: still i can't make any upwind sailing boats. any help? is there apparent wind in this game?

    2.9 years ago
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    13.9k ABC123

    I have also been having fun with sailing
    Video of speedy catamaran
    I'm glad someone else is too!

    4.3 years ago
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    @LimitedShelf568 tacking os also possible. You might just need a better boat. With my surfboard prototype I've already managed it.

    4.3 years ago
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    @PilotOfFuture It is. I was talking about tacking

    4.3 years ago
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    9,447 CarsonG1017

    @Rcb1235 you have to make more of these!

    4.3 years ago
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    2,689 Swiftsure

    @Rcb1235 yesssss! Finally your back!

    4.3 years ago
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    I was trying the wind out with my old boats, but I couldn't even get 90° without being pushed directly sideways...

    4.3 years ago
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    @LimitedShelf568 i managed to go up to about 25°, that's actually pretty realistic

    4.3 years ago
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    15.2k Rcb1235

    @LimitedShelf568 Yup

    4.3 years ago
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    @Rcb1235 You can go up to 45 degrees into the wind and sail directly using tacking

    4.3 years ago
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    15.2k Rcb1235

    @LimitedShelf568 Real boats can't sail directly into the wind anyway, they usually can only go about 30 degrees into the wind.

    4.3 years ago
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    The reason you can't sail directly into the wind is because simple planes simuates forces, not actual air pressure

    4.3 years ago