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The Solar Tsunami solar powered RC boat (2009)

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Uploaded on Apr 25, 2009

My latest solar boat, successor to the VortX 2, the SOLAR TSUNAMI. No need for text overlays in this one, it's amazing. (WIDTH: 11 in LENGTH: 30 in)

The Tsunami is superior to the VortX in that it is faster, stronger, and more maneuverable. Paddle wheels allow it to precisely navigate over moss and underwater vegetation, It can even break through thin ice. An internal rechargeable battery pack gives it an extra boost when taking off. Also inside is a rapidly spinning gyroscope to help it handle waves.
The hull is made of Styrofoam covered in thick layers of paint. It uses the same control chip as the VortX and is also made out of found and recycled electronics and materials.
It can throw water over 10 feet, so the deck is sealed water tight. The solar panels are also waterproof. The only issue is water pooling on the bow, it tends to shift back and forth and make it lean slightly. This causes one paddle wheel to dig in a little more than the other. I cut drainage holes shortly after making the vid, so its not a big problem now.

Music- "Funkorama" by Kevin MacLeod
http://incompetech.com/music
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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