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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

About the Land Sailer

So I received a few questions about my land sailer, that I talked about breifly in my last entry. Here I'm going to answer those questions, Q and A style.

Q: What have you used, a longboard or a classic skateboard? How did you dock it on the skate?

A: Its a longboard, but it could be built on a classic skateboard if one wanted to, fairly easily. The sail is attatched to the board by screwing an end cap for PVC pipes, to a spherical, swiveling office chair wheel. The swivel-wheel/PVC end cap is then bolted onto the top of the skateboard. (shown below)



Q: How much is it possible to accelerate with this land kitesurfer?

A: First of all, It's not a kite surfer, kite surfers are people who hang onto massive kites to propel them on the water, standing on surfboards. This is a land sailer, a windsailer with wheels.

Secondly, with a large, well built sail, you could go as fast as the wind can take you. I personally have gone up to 20 mph on a windy day on my sailer.


 Q: What material did you use for the sticks?

A: PVC pipes, with a smaller zinc pipe that runs along inside of the PVC, for added reinforcement. The entire mainsail is approximately 12 feet high. Below is a picture.


Well, that's all for now! Stay tuned.

18 comments:

  1. Wow...interesting! I'll be checking back for progress so stay updated!

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  2. Woah 20 miles per hour? Must've been sweet since it's not powered by anything except pure wind power. anyway, will be checking back!

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  3. Thanks for answering the questions. I gotta start tunning my skateboard

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  4. I thought that was some kind of high-tech grenade in the first picture lol
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  5. 20 Miles Per Hour! I'm glad you are smart and wear your helmet.

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  6. Hey, thanks for your visit!

    20 mph, sounds dangerous!

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  7. thats pretty legit, my cousin makes his own boards so i can appreciate what your doin

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  8. Nice post. I love this. Following.


    Chek www.ikkaro.com a spanish web but with great posts.

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  9. It's nice to see those questions answered. I hope you make a lot of cool inventions in the future! :)

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  10. Neato! Followed! alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  11. The land sailer is such a cool idea! I would love to cruise down the street on one of those.

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  12. Cool! Would like to see the final thing and videos!

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  13. looks Like it could be interesting.

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  14. Sometimes I love science. And now is definitely one of those times.
    +followed

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