ENGINEERING students have tested fast boat designs for the final time in Tasmanian waters before preparing to ship them to France to race in an international competition.
The AMC Autonomous Technologies Society crew is to compete against 32 teams from 15 nationalities in the 2018 HYDROcontest – an annual competition that challenges young engineers from around the world to design and build the fastest and most energy efficient boat.
The boats race over a set course in the harbour of Saint-Tropez, France, from 2 – 9 September.
Team spokesperson Maggie Gilligan said it was the second time the boats had completed “sea trials”, with earlier testing in Lake Trevallyn.
“The testing went well with the heavyweight vessel reaching a maximum speed of six knots, but unfortunately its stability is continuing to be problematic. We’ll attempt to correct this by altering the hydrofoils over the next two days before it’s packed up to send to France,” Ms Gilligan said.
“This, in conjunction with the application of an optimised ducted propeller, will hopefully increase the vessels top speed to 8 knots making it a fine contender for the competition.”
All boat designs must meet strict entry requirements and are not allowed to exceed the maximum dimensions of 2.5 x 2.5 x two metres.