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.