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Friday, November 28, 2014


New Moth bow mechanism developed with Scott Babbage now available from SailingBits.
CarbonicBoats worked with Scott to develop a system with less friction, almost zero play, and built-in adjustment of gearing and wand length.

Four prototypes incorporating different shapes and bearing materials were created and tested before the production version could be signed off.
A great project for learning about the complex tradeoffs between mechanical efficiency, weight, reliability, repeatability of tolerances and cost effectiveness.

Milled from a single block of aluminium the new design takes out the wobble and play from other systems. With a larger diameter axle, and bronze bearings, the bow mech takes away the opportunity for unwanted movement that develops in other designs.

Incorporating adjustable gearing, adjustable wand and a large fast-point variation, you have a large range of adjustment to get you through the full range of conditions.

And for all those aero junkies, it incorporates and aerofoil maystick to reduce drag.

Available in Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Purple & Yellow.

Order yours now by going to:

Saturday, November 22, 2014


The nature of our UAV work is such that we don’t regularly get to share it with the public.
Confidentiality is often an important consideration in the aerospace game so it is exciting that on this occasion we can reveal images of a recent project.

These are the first airframes of the Cometa UAV, designed by d3 Applied Technologies for surveillance and 3D mapping missions.
We worked closely with Gonzalo Redondo and the d3 team to develop tooling, details and fittings best suited for their design.

The beautifully integrated and streamlined airframe is demountable in the field so it can be transported in a compact package.
It can operate with landing gear or from a catapult with parachute landing.
The aerodynamic treatment, informed by in-house d3 CFD capabilities, is exquisite.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Checking In

Click here to read a Q&A Session with Martin Vanzulli who is doing a great job of keeping the A Class website up to date as well as running the Catsailingnews blog.

The interview covers our V3 Paradox A Class design (nearing production) as well as our ongoing foil R&D work.

The final questions are about how some of our recent experiments with control system foils fit with the A Class rule. We reiterate that our design decisions for production are informed by proactive consultation with the Technical Committee to make sure we are always within current rule interpretations when introducing innovations to the market.
Experimental work goes on in parallel. It is aimed at demonstrating what is possible and, increasingly, at satisfying market demand for 'pure' full foiling solutions.
Personally my hope is that fair, objective, literal and consistent rule interpretations will allow further development within a knowable and predictable design space.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


You can now listen on demand to the show we guest-hosted on Sunday night: