Ideal use for them! Never say never, I started with a car when I was a kid. Now have a couple cars, 2 planes, 1 heli, a drone and 13 boats including a couple sailboats.....I'm not an RC guy and never will be, but I did get a drone to use as a tool. My thoughts/justifications:
Aerial view of potential anchorages in thin water, identifying reef breaks, scouting of small islands...and maybe some cool pics.
If your looking to get a drone for that reason it would be cheaper to hook up a wireless camera and pull power from the masthead lighting, then you always have an overhead view in front and the night vision could prove useful, now that i typed this im gonna have to test it for this summer lmao. but i do know a decent drone will run a grand and it always manages to hit something in the initial learning curve, the cheapys just wont handle the salt and water issues.How about using a drone down in the Bahamas to make your way through the reefs. I believe you can see the coral and the deeper water when looking directly down. I am not sure how you would use it.... but maybe????
The automatic return to home has been known to fly the drones directly into objects between the loss of signal and home base. Is that what you mean? The automatic gadget that freezes it's position in space, if you let go of the controls is a good safety feature, IMO......Learn how to fly them without the automatic gadgets......
Yes, I meant that if return to home stopped working for whatever reason (flying into something in the direct path is a good example), then it's good to be able to manually take over. I know that if the compass gets confused by a magnetic anomaly, it'll conflict with the GPS signal and can start "toilet bowling".The automatic return to home has been known to fly the drones directly into objects between the loss of signal and home base. Is that what you mean? The automatic gadget that freezes it's position in space, if you let go of the controls is a good safety feature, IMO.
I like the monkey idea how bout a R.C. Monkey with a digital glass eye ..and a pet parrot to relay messages below?Obviously, the advantage of going up the stick yourself, is that you can bring a little jewelers loupe, and take a very close look at things. How about an autonomous robot-monkey that can climb the mast and take a close look? I'm only half kidding. That might actually be useful in adverse conditions.