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Which drone are you planning to get? I've been flying with a DJI Phantom from the boat under sail and RIB underway for years and love it. But I was surprised as heck when I read this article recently:

The FAA's online registration form goes live on December 21st.
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Ordered the "Flying 3D X8" along with a $50 Chinese brushless gymbal for a GoPro which I already have, now that I destroyed two cheaper "trial" quadcopters lol.
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It's amazing how many different drones are out there and how affordable some of them are. Some of them are practically disposable. I see the Flying 3D X8 is much cheaper than the Phantom drones. I wonder how they compare.. I've lost so many drones already...
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It's amazing how many different drones are out there and how affordable some of them are. Some of them are practically disposable. I see the Flying 3D X8 is much cheaper than the Phantom drones. I wonder how they compare.. I've lost so many drones already...
Here's an interesting drone under development that looks like it may be useful to avoid damage with sailboat rigging. Sight lines would need to be improved though.
https://youtu.be/6yunaYjPsZs

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Here's an interesting drone under development that looks like it may be useful to avoid damage with sailboat rigging. Sight lines would need to be improved though.
https://youtu.be/6yunaYjPsZs
Amazing! I wonder if they will be able to modify it with robotic arms so that it can go beyond just reconnaissance. Like a Packbot Defence and Security Robots: Models, Features, Learn More - iRobot
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It's amazing how many different drones are out there and how affordable some of them are. Some of them are practically disposable. I see the Flying 3D X8 is much cheaper than the Phantom drones. I wonder how they compare.. I've lost so many drones already...
This is no Phantom 3, but it's also only about 10% of the cost.
For a video platform this model is supposed to be quite stable, with decent payload abilities (GoPro and gymbal), good range, brushless motors and GPS hold. It's also one of the lowest priced quads with transmitter telemetry. $155.00.
Flying 3D X8 GPS 2.4G 8CH RC Quadcopter 6 Axis Gyro OSD RTF Drone - US Plug-154.67 | GearBest.com

Someone like you who does most of his shooting over water (I assume) and has suffered losses should take a look at the "Mariner" drone....which is exactly what the name implies

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Someone like you who does most of his shooting over water (I assume) and has suffered losses should take a look at the "Mariner" drone....which is exactly what the name implies
I have looked at the mariner a little. I love the idea of a waterproof drone, but ultimately what's most important to me is the quality of the footage I end up with and I think that has everything to do with how well the drone can fly. I don't think the mariner flies very well compared to the Phantom - speed, range, agility, precision control, stability, flight time, gimbal smoothness.. Have you seen any insanely great aerial videos made with a mariner drone? I haven't been able to find any. But there are so many jaw dropping insanely great aerial videos that have been made with the Phantom platform.. Here's a very old one made with a Phantom 2 and Gopro 3+, one of my favorites ... https://vimeo.com/97455734 I don't think I could do anything like that with a mariner.
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I have looked at the mariner a little. I love the idea of a waterproof drone, but ultimately what's most important to me is the quality of the footage I end up with and I think that has everything to do with how well the drone can fly. I don't think the mariner flies very well compared to the Phantom - speed, range, agility, precision control, stability, flight time, gimbal smoothness.. Have you seen any insanely great aerial videos made with a mariner drone? I haven't been able to find any. But there are so many jaw dropping insanely great aerial videos that have been made with the Phantom platform.. Here's a very old one made with a Phantom 2 and Gopro 3+, one of my favorites ... I don't think I could do anything like that with a mariner.
I havent seen much footage from the Mariner either. The only one I found was the one Ali did reviewing it's marine abilities. I thought you could add one to your arsenal to use specifically for those risky wet shots.
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Check out the 3dX8 videos on youtube...they capture some very impressive footage for their price.

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Amazing! I wonder if they will be able to modify it with robotic arms so that it can go beyond just reconnaissance. Like a Packbot Defence and Security Robots: Models, Features, Learn More - iRobot
Or maybe it could be commanded to attach it's self to a perch on the mast to be an extra pair of "eyes" when entering strange reef entrances without sending someone up to the spreaders as a lookout.
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El Jefe solo non stop circumnavigation in a Baba 40 continues:


Day-112.
24hr.Run=128NM. Pos. Lat.45*07'S. Long.127*05'E. Weather=Bar=1008'mb. Wind=8-25kts.WNW. Seas=8-12ft. WNW. Cabin Temp=56*-62*.
Day-113.
24hr.Run=149 NM. Pos. Lat.45*12'S. Long.130*29'E. weather=Bar=107mb. Wind=10-25Kts.WNW. Seas=8-12ft.W. Cabin Temp=58*-62*.
Day-114.
24hr.Run=144 NM. Pos. Lat.45*45'S. Long.133*46'E. Weather=Bar=1004mb. Wind=10-25kts.WNW. Seas=8-12ft. WNW. Abin Tep.58*-60*.
Total miles sailed so far=15,394NM.
Miles sailed last three days=421 NM.
Distance left to go to East Cape Tasmania=590 NM.
Top speed so far=14.1kts.
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Day-112.
Sailing along under mizzen main & staysail in weather just a little too dicey to pull Patches off for repair. A cold front is sneaking up on us very slowly, making it difficult to judge when it will arrive.
Tasmania looms ahead, surrounded by treacherous bodies of water, such as Bass Strait, Tasman Sea, and The Southern Ocean where we will be. Here we find ourselves with our back against the wall, as we have very little control over our arrival time, and this area to the south of Tasmaina is the sponing grounds of many sever low pressure systems.
Here aboard Sailors Run we can only hope for a little good luck transiting this stretch of ocean.
Day-113.
Today we are sailing fast along our course line, and it seems the high pressure in the area has stalled the cold fronts arrival. There is a low pressure trough up ahead that we might have the opportunity to collect some water in. I have decided that I will strip down to my underwear and slip on my Mustang work suite [A suite used by fisherman and Coast Guard alike when working in cold water areas]. This is necessary because I'm getting down to my last warm clothing. Should I get a lot of water then I can get some clothes washed up.
Today I wiped mold from some of the walls and oiled some of the teak wood below decks.
It's funny how that before this voyage, I had a huge list of things to do to get the boat ready to go, and low and behold once again I have another large list of things that need to be done to the boat, a battle that seems impossible to win.
Day-114.
Today I was pulling weather faxes and happened to notice a huge storm off Cape Horn, the likes of no sailor would care to participate in. It appeared two 964 lows had combined at the Horn and were tearing the place up.
My weather has been reassembly mild the past 5-days and it appears that will end tomorrow, when a big low moves up from the south onto the Sailors Run. It appears now that I will be ridding the northern top edge of the low in 35-45kt gale force conditions, and that should be ok. My only worry is if it comes in behind me and runs directly over the top of me meaning much more severe conditions for a longer period of time. "Feeling Lucky Punk".
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Even if you did design my boat, they still call this thread hijacking lol^

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