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Robotic sailboat is a sea-faring drone with unlimited range. Robotic sailboat is a sea-faring drone with unlimited range. A render of the Robotboat Mark VI. Tweet. We've already grown accustomed to robot drones in the skies, and thanks to Google we're ...




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...and the requirement that all vessels maintain a watch ?
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Interesting concept but it isn't even funded yet. I wonder about the COLREGs with regards to computer systems, they might pass the Turing Test but not the Tanker Test
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Hmmm... That looks like a nice Airmar wind transducer on board...


I'll bet those motor pods would make a great bow thruster, or trolling motor...

I'm not saying that I would, but I can see that some people could actively be looking for these RobotBoats, as a source for spare parts... Also, this kind of monitoring technology reminds me of traffic cameras.

I doubt that the fishing vessel operators that have hit sailboats, buoys, and other fishing vessels would be even less likely to avoid these...

Wouldn't it make more sense, and be cheaper, to provide the sensors and equipment that are needed to gather the data to sailors that are transiting the areas of interest at no charge to the sailor? I know that I would love to help out with a cause that I believed in, and would be responsible about maintaining the security, and integrity, of the equipment.
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eherlihy - you make a good point about unscrupulous people scrounging these vessels. I've been informed that a good number of the buoys used for the Pacific Tsunami early-warning-system have disappeared (presumably for "parts") and thus the system is no longer as useful as one has assumed. Unfortunate and sad - but predictable.

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