Patent Number: 6,308,649

Title: Sailboat and crew performance optimization system

Abstract: A sailboat and crew performance optimization system includes a modular system of sensors, data acquisition, computational analysis, graphical display and optional feedback control for optimizing sailboat and crew performance. The system acquires data relating to external factors (e.g. wind speed, wind direction, variations in wind speed, variations in wind direction, sea state, and wave conditions), performance parameters (e.g. boat speed, time to reach a specified destination and velocity made good, safety parameters and sailboat comfort parameters), dependent variable setpoints (e.g. sail shape, sail pressure distribution, etc.), and control variables (e.g. line tensions, rudder angle, sail plan, etc.) and correlates or analyzes the data to determine or predict the optimum setpoint targets and control variables. The system displays information and relationships to the sailboat crew in order to optimize sailboat performance and crew performance. The system also provides benchmark measures of sailboat performance and crew performance to compare performance at different times or under different conditions or to measure progress or improvement in performance. Optionally, the system can be used for automatic feedback control of sailboat operation. The system may utilize a computer or an artificial intelligence system, such as a neural network system, a fuzzy logic system, a genetic algorithm system or an expert system, to analyze and predict optimum setpoint targets and control variables.

Inventors: Gedeon; Steven A. (Toronto Ontario, CA)


International Classification: B63B 49/00 (20060101); B63H 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018