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LEGO Trimaran Sailboat "Battlehawk"
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This MOC has been a long time in the making. It started about a year ago, when I saw a video by Sariel, called Leviathan Airboat. In that video Sariel speculated about the possibility of using LEGO sails for building an actual LEGO sailboat. At the time I thought that was a wonderful idea, except that I wouldn't use LEGO sails but my own custom sails. During the weeks that followed the idea of building a LEGO sailboat stayed on my mind, and soon after I started ordering parts from bricklink. There were some crucial components that were difficult to get, namely the sails and the Sbrick. Finally, when the MOC was done, the winter cold kept me from trying it out on the water. I have made two videos, the first is a simple video showing it in action on the water the second video describes the building process. Enjoy!
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 I made it 
  August 17, 2016
Quoting Taylor Stimatovsky This is incredible! I was planning on doing something just like this, so I decided to consult MocPages for any build inspiration. I'm learning to sail as well, so I was just mentally designing what I wanted to do for a rough idea. If there's any advice you can give me, let me know!
Hey man, glad you liked it! I love sailing as well :). I am very curious which approach you will take with your LEGO sailboat. I have made some more modification since my post here. One error I made is with the size of the daggerboards. They are far too small in relation to it's speed and size of the sail. I had a discussion about that and other things which you may find interesting: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2362654. At the moment I am making a digital design with LDD which will include some modifications like: much bigger daggerboards; modifications to the steering mechanism; a stronger connection between the superstructures and the hulls and a much stronger connection between the superstructure and the daggerboards.
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  August 14, 2016
This is incredible! I was planning on doing something just like this, so I decided to consult MocPages for any build inspiration. I'm learning to sail as well, so I was just mentally designing what I wanted to do for a rough idea. If there's any advice you can give me, let me know!
 I made it 
  May 5, 2015
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Visually and functionally spectacular in every respect, Franciscus...
Hi Jeremy, thanks for your lovely compliments :). It was indeed a pity that the red center hull didn't work out. I was quite miffed by that, it looks so much better and I think it sails better as well. But I just wasn't comfortable with the amount of freeboard it provided. About the side hulls, I have tried to optimize for stability. The last thing I want is it capsizing in the middle of the pond. At the same time I tried to go for a minimalistic approach due to weight restrictions. This minimalistic approach places some restrictions upon the placement of the side hulls. I will keep experimenting with it. I am really fond of this MOC.
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  May 5, 2015
Visually and functionally spectacular in every respect, Franciscus. Videos are superb as well. Pity the initial red 52L Cargo Carrier center hull didn't work out, as the color and proportions were perfect. If it's any consolation, the current 74L City Lines hull might improve top speed a bit via reduced wave-making resistance if the boat can reach the new hull's critical speed of ~0.9 m/s in favorable wind. Might also gain some top speed by tinkering with lateral and longitudinal side hull positions relative to the center hull. (NB: Some arrangements may compromise stability and/or maneuverability.) My power trimaran Trident (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/401716) picked up 12% in top speed from that trick alone, and it was already fast.
Franciscus van der Maat
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White Shapes
  May 4, 2015
A dream that comes true... I was a kid when Lego has issued the first floating boats, in 1973 or 1974. Your MOC opens new doors: I have the Sbrick, I have Lego boats, I know now that building Lego RC boats is possible :)
 I made it 
  May 4, 2015
Quoting White Shapes A dream that comes true... I was a kid when Lego has issued the first floating boats, in 1973 or 1974. Your MOC opens new doors: I have the Sbrick, I have Lego boats, I know now that building Lego RC boats is possible :)
One of the first sets I got to play with was 314-1: Police Launch :). Thanks for your lovely comment.
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  February 25, 2015
WOW! this is VERY cool. SO neat to see the video with your MOC in real life action! it looks so neat floating across the water and taking turns! great work
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  February 24, 2015
I would not say it's a beautiful sailboat, but the fact that you've got the model to sail like a real ship, with sails that catch the wind, and with control of rudder as well as the sails is great respect worth. Well done!
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  February 23, 2015
Quoting JWG 258 nicely done, I especially like the shot of it taking off at :42. You might need a smaller jib and slightly larger mainsail to give it a bit more weather helm.
Thanks! Yes i agree with your point regarding the sails, unfortunately those sails are not very easy to make, at least not for me :/.
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  February 23, 2015
nicely done, I especially like the shot of it taking off at :42. You might need a smaller jib and slightly larger mainsail to give it a bit more weather helm.
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  February 23, 2015
Quoting Giorgio Ferrannini Wow! Incredible build, 'gratz!
Thanks! :)
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  February 23, 2015
Wow! Incredible build, 'gratz!
 
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