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Old 02-04-2012, 10:53   #1
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Remote Control Dinghy

After reading what members had to say about getting charged to park the Skiff or Dinghy when going ashore, i had a thought,,(i know,,,sometimes i get them) what if you could Modularize a battery operated Remote control launch/pilot/and retrieval system for your Dinghy or skiff??
I have check around on the net and the technology is very available, with all the geniuses aboard this forum, it should be to difficult to put one together.

Just imagine....no more fees...just call up your dinghy, and remote pilot it to pick you up,,,or after getting ashore,,you could send it back home..
Hell if you can remote pilot an RC car,,or Mini Helo,,you could do it with a Boat.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:56   #2
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Hey!!--we are sailing 80lb remote control model sailboats.
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Old 02-04-2012, 13:35   #3
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Re: Remote Control Dinghy

getting it back and forth via radio control is no biggie. It's getting it to tie itself off once it reaches the mother ship that's an issue...
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Old 02-04-2012, 19:42   #4
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Re: Remote Control Dinghy

Getting the Dinghy tied off at the mother ship is no biggie really.
Its steering control i am thinking may be the biggest hurdle.

A remote Retrieval and Launch system would only involve electro solenoids and switching apparatus. and a Harness/cradle into which the dinghy would be driven or launched from..


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getting it back and forth via radio control is no biggie. It's getting it to tie itself off once it reaches the mother ship that's an issue...
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I don't know what could possibly go wrong.
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LOL! What you're smoking, it's good eh?

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Lots of electronics and salt water! Great mix!
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You have heard of remote ROV's haven't you??
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Hilarious! Just use an Anchor Buddy, they cost $20....
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Re: Remote Control Dinghy

Oi! So now any kid with a radio controlled model can swipe your dinghy, leaving you stranded ashore, frantically playing with your control box!

Do not be afraid, for nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong...

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Re: Remote Control Dinghy

Hahahah,,Yeah,,that would be funny,,but not a very realistic scenario.
Your post sounded like the Hal 9000,,Dave???? some of you guy's really need to get out more amongst the technology minded people in your home neighborhoods because you are sounding more and more like Luddites.

Kids are constructing stuff like this everyday and then challenging each other to Gladiatorial bouts with their brain children.
Watch robot challenge and you will see what i mean.

Back to reality,,
Area's to cover would be Launch and retrieval,Throttle and Steering, It could be done with a Modularization of an auto helm system for use with a 12 volt battery.
Small and portable would be the key.




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Oi! So now any kid with a radio controlled model can swipe your dinghy, leaving you stranded ashore, frantically playing with your control box!

Do not be afraid, for nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong...

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After reading what members had to say about getting charged to park the Skiff or Dinghy when going ashore, i had a thought,,(i know,,,sometimes i get them) what if you could Modularize a battery operated Remote control launch/pilot/and retrieval system for your Dinghy or skiff??
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I am also retired and innovative and a (sorta) sailor. I have been toying with the idea of an RCD for several years. I have the experience, materials, and general wherewithall to make a prototype. Including living on a rural property with a dam large enough for trials.
All I need is a kickalong!
Could we exchange emails?
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Docking and secure remote control are easily solved, there are many off the shelf solutions. I see more issues with getting regulatory approval and insurance issues. But go for it, you have a great idea.
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