Effective design appears when you can dedicate different purpose on a single element. For example, the support tube of crutches has a multifunction task:
- It hold a step
- It support the telescopic mast holder
- It receive the strap holder
- The rudder control system is bolted on
- And for sure, it received the crutches mechanism
Mast holder will support the mast when on trailer, but it will also be a convenient place for future solar panels.
There is one single 5 inches wide strap on each side, surrounding the cockpit. If you want to sail for long period of time, you need to be comfortably installed. To make an ergonomic seat, the angle formed between your back and the seat itself should be 110°. To obtain this angle, the length of the strap is precisely measured, allowing the crew to control with efficiency and ease, the boat stability. Feet rest are also well placed, forming a small bench inside the cockpit, for children eventually. There is a bungee cord placed between the two strap holders at the rear, which avoid excessive slack into the strap when on rest.
Each crutch is design to take a load of 100 kgf (200 lbs) and this is more than enough to keep the boat well balanced when she is lying on the strand.
Including submissions to John Hogg Prize, Howard Fund, and Catalyst
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