ICE-BOAT PILOT RIDES INSIDE THE SAIL (Apr, 1940)

ICE-BOAT PILOT RIDES INSIDE THE SAIL

Entering through a small door in the side, J. L. Finch, of Patchogue, N. Y., drives his curious ice boat, pictured above, from within a fixed, fabric-covered airfoil that serves as a sail for the craft. Instead of controlling his ice racer by manipulating a sail, Finch turns the forward movable runners on which the boat rides to get it into the most-advantageous position in the prevailing wind. Windows are built into the leading edge of the airplane-wing sail. Finch calls his strange craft an “ice glider.”

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  1. Anders Ansar says: July 23, 200811:58 pm

    Nice information!

    I am sailing in a similar wing but with skates on my feet. Makes the design simpler as steeering and suspension gear is included at birth. See: http://home.swipnet.se/…

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