Official Water Test 2: Announcment

We will be testing the Gaelforce XL tomorrow: Saturday August 16th Portsmouth Olympic Harbor 11:00am Kingston Ontario Sorry for the short notice, the decision to test was made difficult by an electronic component that burned out several days ago. However, we managed to find a replacement just in time. Assuming …

Software dev timelapse

Sort of for fun, had the computer take a screenshot every second while implementing a software component. Its a bit long, so you can skip to the end to see the result of the effort.

Chase-boat motor test

Getting ready for the first test, we spent a few days going over testing equipment. Most challenging was fixing up the two outboard motors we have for our crash-boat Zodiac. We managed to get one of the motors started, but its cooling system wasn’t working. This video is of the …

PCB Building timelapse

The PCB’s are now built and are just going through the first stages of testing. They are integrated into the boat and will be powered on shortly. In the meantime, here is a video time-lapse of the build process.

Gaelforce²

At the end of the 2014 season, the team decided to shift the focus away from the MicroTransat challenge and refocus on the International Robotic Sailing Regatta (sailboat.org). The team decided to undertake a new challenge of building a twin-hull (catamaran) boat to compete in the IRSR. Throughout the 2014/2015 …

New electronics PCBs

The second iteration of our electronics PCBs have come back from the manufacturer. We have made many revisions from the original design, and the complexity of the wiring in the computing box should be halved. Making the wiring less complex is essential in being able to diagnose when things go …

New power management PCBs

Just received the first of several PCB designs from the manufacturer. This board takes the raw connections from the on-board batteries and provides several stable voltage lines that get fed to all the other compartments in the boat.   This isn’t the final version for one crucial reason. If one …

Starting summer 2014!

We’re in the process of updating the site for the summer of 2014, expect more updates soon! The summer of 2014 has begun, and we have a new plan and some progress updates from the school year to cover. We will continue to work towards completing the Microtransat challenge, and …