This blog is dedicated to a project intended to recruit a group of creative thinkers and adventurers who would like to bring their ideas and creativity to bear on a real project.
I need to implement a number of systems and ideas onto our “ocean-going tribal canoe” and I have decided to submit this sub-project to my classmates on an open university course out of Penn State university https://class.coursera.org/cic-001/class/index
( Mission Statement. (This is a moving target and subject to modification and updating as new information presents itself.)
To use available materials, skills and resources to implement a mainsail wind propulsion and sail management system that is easy to use, efficient and innovative. The main challenge to overcome is to resist commercial and/or current and conventional practice and critics or to “re-invent the wheel”.
This project begins by listing, understanding and defining the existing and supporting components resources skills and limitations in order to better define the “to-be” and future improvements, limitations and opportunities and by reducing the overall project to a number bite sized sub projects that together will comprise the end result and success. Similarly fail-safes and methods must be incorporated to enable an alternative response to possible failures and the implementation of adapted, revised or completely different components or indeed the entire system. Initial sketches are produced and research into other similar projects undertaken to establish an informed framework.