Interesting project. Now we have to worry about sailing vessel drones. The project itself raise a number of legal
questions. I don't mean to be mean but I think you guys should have sort advice from your University Law Department.
1. Navigating a vessel without adhering to COL Regs regarding standing watch
2. Without a human watch the unmanned vessel presents a clear and present danger
to other vessels.
3. From a photo
of the vessel it appears the vessel gas no navigation
4. According to international salvage
law an abandoned vessel which means a vessel that is san humans becomes the property of the person / vessel who takes it under tow and brings it back to land.
Placing a warning to keep clear on the hull does not satsfy any nautical law to not present as a danger
to other vessels navigating the high seas. Who in the name of sound thinking thought this endeavor was OK? Which professor for goodness overseeing your project allowed this to happen?
I know these days in the United States that college students have been wrapped in continuing wool and have the thought processes of 13 year olds. But I digress. The children
obviously need better adult supervision.
By the way. Did you take out insurance
to cover the cost of damaging another vessel? Probably not.
Now you and others may think I'm being harsh. Even somewhat pedantic, bringing up navigation
law etc. Well ill tell you why I have written what I have.
Sailors need to feel safe as they navigate oceans. There are enough issues in cross ocean sailing such as weather
, seas and other manned vessels.
We already have enough to worry about with unsafe cargo ships loosing containers over the side without having to now worry about unmanned drone sail boats launched by a bunch of non thinking child students.
Sure you students may get careers out of this. Some may even be tempted to go off and do a startup around drone vessels. But I will tell you this, I will fight this as much as I can.
As with airborne drones. First started by hobiests. Then picked up by the airforce. Now you have police forces and peeping toms using these to push the edge of privacy and public survalience. Yes aerial drones are great for taking videos but there is a social downside.
Sailing drones pose an existential threat to navigation. With the possible future of civil and military sea going drones crowding the waters.
Sorry, but I do not support at all what you have done. And I'm an electronics
geek who makes very advanced electronic devices.
Have a nice day.