Your life feels infinitely more complete.
|practicing the sailboat drone in calm waters on anchor|
In theory, all this greatness is possible. In theory, this could be done for a couple hundred bucks and a little bit of practice and a little bit of gumption.
But there are concerns. Here is a list of concerns I came up with upon my first sailboat drone outing.
- How will the drone handle a stiff breeze?
- How can a drone 'return to a home position', if the home position is moving at 6 mph across an ocean?
- Will the VHF and other signal frequencies emanating from a boat interfere with the drone-remote controller?
- If the drone lands in the ocean, will that destroy the drone?
- Is there effective water landing gear that could keep a downed drone floating and dry while you flip the boat around to retrieve it?
- How do the coast guard and other authorities feel about recreational drones flying along the coastline?
At the moment, I do not have answers for these questions. But I will be researching all of this and posting the glory shots (if we get them) in the next series of posts.
|first deployment from the cockpit|
|40 feet off of starboard in Mariners Cove, San Diego|
South Mission Bay from a drone, looking west to Mission Beach.
For more, please follow this first instructional post on How to fly a drone from a boat.