This looks like a fun toy… and if you had one available while on your boat, could be really handy for those times that you need to check the running gear or status of hull growth, etc.
We are two students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and we are currently working on Protei, an open-source initiative to develop sailing drones to clean the oceans.
We designed and built a sailboat that could be easily adapted to different designs, we also took into account to built it using accessible materials and tools.
We hope that we can contribute to the Protei project by designing a platform that enables people to explore different sailboat designs and sailing principles.
We think that one of the major advantages of open-source is the ability of having a large audience during the development of the project. This is the reason why we are making an Instructable, we are hoping that you will help us in developing an autonomous oil-collecting sailing drone by contributing in one way or another.
Check out the Protei group here: http://www.instructables.com/group/protei/
I got my boating "start" with R/C boat models… always fun to see them afloat.
People that build these intricate ship models amaze me. I think it is harder at that scale than full size, and they do a better job than I’ll ever manage 🙂
Check out what it was made OF… (below)
Snow, yes snow 🙂 No disposal issues, anyhow. More pictures at the link.
A very detailed, but simple to follow page describing how to build a remote controlled, underwater "camera platform".
Not only a fun looking project, but could be very handy to check out what’s going on below the waterline.
My Aunt sent me this article by Lawrence Downes… some of it might hit just a little close to home some days 🙂
Somewhere out there is a man who can help me build a model boat for my little nephew. This man is between 82 and 84 years old, which means he was a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old boy in 1937, when the book I took the plans from was published. Read the rest…