I bought a Splash Drone (as advertised above) direct from the factory here in China
. Taking it to my boat in Thailand
for an extended vacation
Sept-Oct. We're planning to use it for filming, fishing, and location scouting.
There was a giant "remote control things" expo in Shanghai over the weekend - amazing show! - and I was able to meet with the maker of the Splash Drone and discuss various ideas...
I think the real drone+boat magic will happen as soon as the boat and drone are able to communicate. There are already "networked drones" being developed (look it up on YouTube). They're aware of each other in space, and able to interact in really cool ways. Having the drone "see" the boat as its mother-ship and always be aware of the bow/stern, heading, plus the landing pad location, means the drone could take off and land at the push of a button.
That would mean you could use it for scouting an anchorage without having to leave the wheel
. Same goes for using the drone as a MOB
marker, LED flare, etc.
Anyway, that's all pie in the sky stuff (har har), but it's not far from being reality.
Will report back on our experience using the Splash Drone in the wild.
PS: What's with all this "I'm going to shoot your drone!" stuff? I just don't get it. I see tons of people posting
negative comments like this all the time now. What's the difference between someone zooming around an anchorage in their dinghy
with a camera/phone/GoPro and someone using a drone to film the same scene? Are you going to shoot me with a sniper rifle because I use a pair on binocs to see what kinda party you're having in your cockpit