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Wind-Powered Vehicles that Do Not Conform to the Wind-Powered Guidelines
Ugly Dougly wrote:What do they mean by fixed mast? Do they mean that a wind-powered vehicle with a mast that dismounts would be safer???
Kite-sailing vehicles, land yachts, and wind-powered vehicles that have a fixed mast and weigh more than 50 pounds are not allowed to operate within Black Rock City. You may take your wind-powered vehicle to the Black Rock Airport and operate/store it there.
If this is the type of fixed mast you are questioning, it would mean any mast that stays upright even when not in operation (like a regular sailboat). The opposite of this would be a mast like on a sailboard, that is held upright by the operator such that the mast drops (and presents less wind profile) if the operator falls off or lets go.
my idea of a rotating mast would not be allowed according to these rules (except at the airport etc) because it is fixed upright. However you might be able to demonstrate sufficient control with a rotating mast design (that powers a drive train w/ clutch, brakes, etc) to get a special clause added. It could also probably be designed to operate as a windmill (charging a small battery) while stationary in neutral (blades still spinning with clutch disengaged, and a small generator running off that).
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