The unnamed 4m was designed and constructed to take part in a MicroTransat. The project was put on hold during 2008-2010, but is being reactivated as of 2011.

Communication systems:Edit

Telus-sponsored 3G wireless

2.4GHz Radio

Power Systems:Edit

12V Deep-cycle battery bank, charged by solar cells and possibly a wind turbine.

To do:Edit

To render the 4m operational, the:

  • hull needs to be faired
  • bow rebuilt (DONE, SWEP'11)
  • deck built (bow done SWEP'11)
  • deck mounted
  • mast, rigging designed (DONE, SWEP'11)
  • mast, rigging built
  • sails designed and made
  • control systems designed and implemented
    • rudder (DONE, SWEP'11)
    • sail (DONE, SWEP'11)

Rig Design:Edit

To minimize sheet loads, a catboat swing rig will be constructed. The mast and boom will be constructed of 2" OD, 0.12" wall aluminum tubing, all in a single piece. The sail will be approximately 4m x 1.5m, in an approximately gaff-rigged shape. The mast tube is supplied by Belleville Metals.

Control Systems:Edit

Control systems on But Actually are constructed with durability in mind, at the expense of speed.


The rudder is built to minimize tiller loads. A high torque servo will be used, for simplicity and durability. Rigid linkages will connect the servo to the rudder post.


Endless loop sheeting system, as used on Gaelforce and Gaelforce II. Main differences include internal shock cord to ruggedize the tensioning system.