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Our OpenBlu Hybrid


A couple of very quick photos of the hybrid - bit of wiring work to be done tomorrow to connect the thrusters then water testing to sort out buoyancy and balance.

Basically -

  • Chassis is longer for better fore/aft balance
  • Batteries are easier to swap
  • Uses T100 thrusters now
  • More robust
  • Easier to attach payloads etc to

Will make it pretty once we sort out the functionality - amazing what you can do with a few cutting boards and assorted stainless fasteners :slight_smile:

(Kevin) #2

Looks good! Can’t wait to see how it does in the water.


Gotta clean up the mess now - using a plunge router on HDPE makes one heck of a mess!

(TCIII) #4


Nice work!

Here is my conversion of the OROV2.8 to BR M100 motors/propellers.


(Luis Gamez) #5

@TCIII is that a seacon connector?

(TCIII) #6


No, it is an inexpensive waterproof LED light connector from Amazon.

It has been tested to 100 ft without leaking.



I probably should update this thread seeing as how it has been revived. The hybrid ROV handled well - stability was very good, but we found that a three thruster ROV was just too limiting/frustrating, and we had a lot of annoying electronics issues and so purchased a BlueROV2, and then a second one… - one has had some additional cameras fitted by Etienne at DeltaROV and they are working well too. The support from KevinK and everyone at Blue Robotics has been very appreciated.

(TCIII) #8


Here is a hybrid BR1/OROV2.8 Controller three thruster ROV that I also built.

It performs quite well.