Since spring 2016, we have been working on creating a autonomous sailing boat. One of the potential goals of this project is participation in the The Microtransat Challenge, which involves the autonomous passage of boat across the Atlantic Ocean. So far, no one in the world has succeeded. The task is difficult to accomplish, because the boat cannot be more than 2.4 m long, it must be fully independent, there is no possibility of remote control, and it must move only due to the strength of the wind.
So far, we have managed to create a hull of a test boat (about 1.5 m long) that will be used for testing electronics and control algorithms. At the moment, the boat has a sail, rigging, rudder, as well as electronics needed for remote control.
In October 2017, the first launching of the boat took place and the first tests on the water were successful. Further hull tests were carried out in 2018. In terms of design, the boat is ready to sail for the first lonely cruise.
Based on the work on the Seafarer project in April 2018, during the II Tri-City National Transport Seminar, a lecture was given under the title: “Autonomous sailing vessels in maritime transport – a perspective from a team of students from KN SimLE”. The presentation was recognized by the jury as the best.
Project members cooperate closely with the Baltic Sea & Space Cluster (BSSC). In March 2019, the Seafarer project was presented at the international Innovation Day event in Karlskrona, Sweden. Project members also took part in the Autonomous ships – Inevitable reality at sea conference organized at the Gdańsk University of Technology, during which they gave a presentation on “Sea navigation – challenges of the control algorithm for autonomous sailing units”.