Now that i’ve very nearly got a working rov, I need to figure out what to do with it to hopefully have it make a bit of money on the side to maybe someday pay for Sonar or USBL positioning or whatnot. Most of the ROV’s i see in use are either owned by companies or governments, universities, or like me, the handful owned by people that just wanted to build a ROV to say they did, or explore, etc.
I live on the west coast of the US, up in the columbia river area of Washington state. There is exactly one possible treasure wreck (down near 900 feet deep) and maybe a handful of others of interest to archeology in the area, so it’snot likely that I will be in a position to discover something that brings fame or fortune that way, So what do the rest of you do to make money with these? I was thinking something along the lines of marina anchor inspection or maybe culvert inspections? There would be some logistical issues for me to figure out with the latter since most of the culverts are owned by the agency I work for, so that wouldn’t be ideal. Boat hull inspection might be useful, but I don’t know if it would pay anything. Lost stuff retrieval might be useful occasionally, but those would be few and far between I imagine. Maybe a university with grant money might rent use of a ROV? I dunno if I want others driving my toy though.
Anyone know of any good ideas they are willing to share?