Robot Boats

Genius

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I figured off topic boats would be the best place to post these.
Robot drone boats off Newport. Buoys used for racing, but they are actually vessels. IDK if I’m ok with these adhering to the colregs. I suppose it was sooner rather than later we’d be seeing these.

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El Mar

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Genius

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Are they just holding position or are they heading somewhere?
When I first noticed them they were holding station. Then one moved. I thought they were anchored and one broke its mooring. Well....then they all started moving. Very strange experience.
 

Randy48

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They are sailboat racing marks. Probably usable for other events. They mark the race course. They are not anchored to the bottom. They are motorized and “heave to” in position via a gps fix. They can be relocated remotely by the Race Committee as the wind shifts. Those puppies run about $7K each!
 

MAArcher

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How cool would it be if they had unsinkable life saving vessels that they can send out to a GPS coordinate when its to risky to send humans. Or just as a cheaper way to send a tow boat with fuel and a jump pack.
 
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