Autonomous boat makes it to Hawaii - RC Groups
Thread Tools
Aug 23, 2016, 03:24 PM
Fairly Stable
Cool

Autonomous boat makes it to Hawaii


Hey friends,
I saw this last night and thought a few here would enjoy it.

http://makezine.com/2016/08/22/solar...tonomous-boat/

What a cool project! As an engineer myself, I know how much planning and thought goes into a project like this, and how releasing it that first time would be quite nerve-wracking!

I hope his Sea Charger makes it to New Zealand next.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Sep 05, 2016, 01:36 PM
Intermediate Multi
Trisquire's Avatar
I bet its super stable with that big keel.
Oct 04, 2016, 01:44 PM
Registered User
Incredible story! Got my fingers crossed for success on it's next leg!
Oct 07, 2016, 03:23 AM
Registered User
Look here - http://www.seacharger.com/tracking.html - for updates.
Oct 08, 2016, 01:09 PM
Sea Dragon-Lover
Umi_Ryuzuki's Avatar
It's practically "there".(New Zealand)

Oct 11, 2016, 03:45 AM
Registered User
Yesterdays update gives 860 miles to go. The comment was made that a large part of its progress was probably current at the moment, I hope it doesn't overshoot and not have enough power to get back. Lower sun and more cloud can't be helping.
Oct 12, 2016, 12:58 PM
Sea Dragon-Lover
Umi_Ryuzuki's Avatar
Since it is in the Southern Hemisphere, I would think the sun is getting higher in the Spring.
There is a bit of wind also...

https://www.windytv.com/?-35.639,178.286,5

Oct 13, 2016, 03:22 AM
Registered User
Yes the sun will be getting higher, but it is heading further and further south. Which aspect wins out is anybody's guess, but energy pick-up must be less than in the tropics. Hopefully the wind and currents will help, that depends on the chosen course and a measure of good luck. Still a remarkable achievement, whatever the outcome.
Oct 16, 2016, 02:52 PM
Sea Dragon-Lover
Umi_Ryuzuki's Avatar
Doh, it made a left turn.

Oct 17, 2016, 03:46 AM
Registered User
Zooming in, it looks like it drifted east for a while, but is now back on track. I am assuming that the pointy end of the arrows indicates where the front end is facing.
Oct 18, 2016, 04:10 AM
Registered User
Looking just now, it is going the right way, but the steps between arrows (assuming that they are the 4 hour update points) are a lot closer together than they were a few days ago indicating reduced speed. Or the same speed and an adverse current..
Nov 04, 2016, 02:50 PM
Sea Dragon-Lover
Umi_Ryuzuki's Avatar
Heading South again...
Nov 04, 2016, 06:01 PM
Registered User
It's to bad that they didn't paint it with anti-fouling (bottom) paint, or sheet it with copper. If/when it completes the journey, it will be interesting to see how much stuff has grown on the hull during the crossing.

Hopefully, when it's journey is completed it ends up in a museum somewhere.
Nov 06, 2016, 04:31 PM
Registered User
Just looked on the tracking page and compared that to the wind map page. It looks to be heading South under wind influence, the indicated headings overnight look to have it pointing due west. Hopefully it wont miss New Zealand after all of its adventures.
Nov 12, 2016, 01:34 AM
Sea Dragon-Lover
Umi_Ryuzuki's Avatar
Good laugh at the lack of communication from the boat over four scheduled check ins.

Owner forgot to pay the Satellite connection.

Looks like it has some wind out of the West and a bit of South bound wave action.



Quick look at the local shipping.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/...ery:-35/zoom:6
.