Drone's eye view of voyagingSep 5, 2013
Chris Bray & Jess Taunton
Voyagers Chris Bray and Jess Taunton, who have been sailing in the Arctic aboard their North Atlantic 29 Teleport, used a quadcopter and GoPro video camera to get a drone's eye view of their boat near Seldova, Alaska. The quadcopter drone could be a useful voyaging tool for scouting out anchorages or finding a way through a pass.
"On the way I finally summoned the courage to launch my DJI Phantom quadrocopter drone with the GoPro attached, and live video feed back to goggles (using a Fat Shark - Predator V2) while sailing to get some spectacular aerial views and fly-bys of Teleport. The drone neither floats nor is waterproof so the 5-min operation was quite intense, culminating in my maneuvering it right in close enough for Jess to reach out and sagely grab it. We are stoked with the results!"