Model Solar Boat Guide

This Model Solar Boats Guide has been authored by Wayne Young, one of the members of the VMSVC Association.

Illustrations in this guide are by Wayne Young and Sven Shepherd.

Special Thanks to Vicki Young for her input.

The guide is aimed at students and contains lots of useful data and suggestions and should be used as a guide and not a blueprint.

About the author - Wayne Young is currently a teacher at the Billanook College and has assisted primary and secondary students in both the car and boat competition at many schools.

What is the model solar vehicle challenge?

Students make and race model solar boats or cars that are about half a metre long. The Model Solar Vehicle Challenge started in 1990 through collaboration between teachers and staff at Monash University.

The boat division races were first held in Victoria in 1994 with the first Australian Model Solar Boat Championship being held in 2001.

What background is needed?

Students who had no previous experience in this area have successfully made and raced boats. The boat competition is aimed at both primary and secondary students. Currently the upper age limit varies from state to state. What is the purpose of this guide? This guide aims to give you the necessary information to be able to investigate, design, construct, test, modify and race model solar boats as part of the Model Solar Vehicle Challenge.

Wayne Young can be contacted using the site contact us page or by contacting him via the Billanook College.

All sections of this guide are copyright and may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, or by photocopy, recording or otherwise without written permission of the author. Every effort has been made to ensure this guide is free from errors and omissions. All sources of information are believed correct but are not guaranteed. The author does not accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any injury, loss or damage occasioned to any person as a result of using this guide.

If you wish to access a specific section of the guide you can select it from the Contents page.  Otherwise you can progress section by section using the Next and Back links at the bottom of each page.


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