Autonomous Catamaran

[Gabriel] put together an impressive writeup of his autonomous catamaran, Atlantis(PDF). It was certainly done as an academic project, but there’s a thorough explanation of the math logic behind the control systems. The heart of the boat was a waterproofed Pentium laptop with a CAN bus parallel interface used to talk to everything on-board. Sensors included GPS, wind, hull speed and rudder angle. In case the site can’t handle the load, I’ve mirrored the 1.4MB PDF here.


  1. HeBD says:

    SWEET!!!! Just what I need to move my goods from malaysia to australia ;)

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    That is an extremely cool project!
    Pretty well documented too.

    Well done!

  3. m k b says:

    Search for “navcom” on youtube and you can see mine :) the URL with the source code is in the url thingie above. My system is microcontroller based and has been put on two boats and a plane.

    if you can’t see the url:

  4. Heem says:

    And here I thought the fun part was actually sailing the boat and enjoying being on the water. shows how much I know.

  5. strider_mt2k says:

    @ Heem: the fun part in _this place_ is hacking stuff.

    Shows how much you know about the places you hang out in. Good luck with that.

  6. andrew says:

    strider_mt2k: well said :)

  7. anon says:

    If your intereted in this then you might be interested in the Microtransat, a race of unmanned sailing boats from portugal to the caribbean which is taking place in october this year.

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