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Re: Filming yachts with a drone
I’m not sure I get all the bluster about drones invading your airspace: all the “Shoot ‘em down!” BS.
All of us love to see images of our boats in all their glory. Whether these images are taken by photographers on-shore, from other boats, or aerial shots from drones or manned aircraft we love them all.
There used to be a guy (maybe he’s still around) who used to fly over popular anchorages and sailing areas, photographing boats. He would find out which boat was which and contact the owner to sell them the photos. I never heard of anyone expressing any concern over ‘invasion of privacy’. In fact many people bought the pics.
A few years ago I was talking to a dock neighbor about being out in a bit of snot. He said, “Was that you? I’ve got a video clip of you.” Rather than being upset, or concerned about ‘stalking’ or ‘creeping’ I was pretty chuffed and happy to see the footage.
On the other hand, drones hovering around boats at anchor, apparently peering into areas which should be private, I find unacceptable. Not least because of the irritating ‘droning’ noise they make.
There was one guy flying a remote-controlled amphibious plane at one anchorage. It looked really cool and was probably lots of fun for the pilot. After about two minutes the cool-factor was replaced by the STFU-factor.
1989 Hunter 30'
Southern Georgian Bay
Visualize the vastness of the oceans; the infinity of the heavens; the fickleness of the wind; the artistry of the craft and the frailty of the sailor. The oneness that may be achieved through the harmony of these things may lead one to enlightenment. - Flying Welshman