As the team and plans evolved, one problem loomed large, says Ott: where to find the money. Boatbuilders thought his ideas verged on sci-fi; the aerospace guys struck a “Been there, done that” stance. Turns out that the U.S. Navy, though, saw promise in a robot that could sail for months without fuel or crew. To date, Harbor Wing has brought in about $10 million to launch one prototype and develop a second. The X-1 was built using the hulls of a 30-foot Stiletto Catamaran, and it sailed during trials at 18 knots. Its wing rotates 360 degrees and can be powered up or depowered in an instant, regardless of wind strength or direction, depending upon what the sensors are telling the software. The X-2, a revamped Contour 50 tri, should hit the water in August for trials. In the meantime, Mark and his team believe there must be a boater out there in the private sector—not necessarily a sailor, mind you—who wants to enjoy the power of the wind without all the halyards, sheets, sails, and know-how that tag along with it.