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windmill powered catamaran? does this qualify as a sailboat?

So my pops is on his way through the Okeechobee canal system and snapped this picture today. Would this qualify as sailboat? Apparently the windmill rotates 360degrees and powers a screw for propulsion. Looks home built to me but pretty cool toy nonetheless.
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Re: windmill powered catamaran? does this qualify as a sailboat?

Wonder how he reefs it?
Does solve the tacking issue maybe.
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Re: windmill powered catamaran? does this qualify as a sailboat?

There's a whole bunch of looooong thread on this at boatdesign.net

Here's one: The Wind Powered Sail-less Boat - Boat Design Forums
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Re: windmill powered catamaran? does this qualify as a sailboat?

Nah, it's obviously a powerboat, can't you see the propeller?:=))

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