Hi there everybody- I want to post my progress with the Maker Boat Basic. It’s designed as a modular system that can turn just about any (small) thing that floats (think- surfboard, SUP, kayak, etc.) into an autonomous surface vehicle.
I am using 2 Blue Robotics T200 thrusters and mounting brackets with basic ESCs, a Pixhawk 2.4.8 + GPS and Sik Radios, FrSky x9 lite and x8r for TX/RX, all powered by a single 4S 5000 mAh Lipo. All the electronics are housed in an IP68 junction box with IP68 cable glands for the motor cables. In this first build I have mounted everything to an old body board that a buddy was going to throw out. I 3D printed mounts for the junction box, two small fins to protect the motors, and of course a plate for my GoPro up on the “bow.”
It’s running ArduRover skid steer. Configured/monitored through QGC.
This is an open source build. Docs and BOM will be posted soon. I plan to upgrade to dual batteries in an external battery box so the batteries can be hot-swapped without exposing the rest of the electronics to the elements.
Any feedback is welcome. Check out the pic and video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_-jTp1Bfso