ArduBoat User Group

Dedicated to developing hardware and firmware for autonomous aquatic vehicles.

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Latest Activity: Aug 22

Before Posting an Issue

Hi All,

Before posting an issue or a problem in the ArduBoat Discussion Forum, please check the wiki table of contents, review the firmware release notes in the subforum, and search that subforum for existing answers to your question. Help avoid duplicate threads by finding other members with the same issue and their solution.

When formulating your post, use a descriptive title such as "rover will not navigate to waypoints in the Auto mode" (not "HELP!" or "Problem").

Please include the following information to help diagnose your query:

  • Describe the problem you are having. What is the expected verses the observed behavior?
  • Provide hardware information such as the brand and version of your autopilot, GPS, radio, and compass, as well as any other pertinent details about your rover setup.
  • What version of the APM: ArdurRover2 firmware version are you running?
  • For navigation issues, provide your tlog and/or dataflash log. Click here for instructions on retrieving a dataflash log.


Discussion Forum

What kind of sonar is best for boat?

Started by vincent. Last reply by vincent Aug 22. 1 Reply

Hi,I developed a boat use the pixhawk for auto control,I had test the sonar(model:I2C-MB1212),It's so bad,sometimes the sigal is off and on,I think maybe the I2C is suffered interfere.Who can give me…Continue

Glow Vs Electric question

Started by Andreas Spiracopoulos. Last reply by Rob Dunbar Jun 3. 2 Replies

Hi All,I am offered a petrol boat at a very goof price. Just starting with Arduboat, lots of experience with Plane and Copter, but only electric.Is there a compelling reason NOT to use a non electric…Continue

Tags: Engine, Gas

Mapping Boat 'Fly Away' during Mission - WHY?

Started by John Easton. Last reply by David Boulanger Jun 1. 4 Replies

Boat: 3-meter trimaranMotor: 2.5hp Suzuki 4 strokeController: PixHawkMapping Speed 14-19kph (4-5m/s)Fly Away - a. During the North / South routes everything seems ok, except the wobbly courseb. When…Continue

Dual thrusters - ESC and PWM issues

Started by Adam Day. Last reply by Pierluigi Apr 26. 9 Replies

Hello,I currently have a USV equipped with a port and starboard thruster. We are working on transitioning from a skid steer system, to dual rudders and we are having issues with our thrusters turning…Continue

Tags: dual thrusters, ESC, pixhawk, pwm

Comment Wall


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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on August 3, 2014 at 1:29pm


Welcome to the Group:-)

Thanks for chiming in with the links, much appreciated.

The link to the site has the eTrac RSV that was featured in the July/August 2010 issue of Robot Magazine and gave me the idea for the dual pontoon configuration. My pontoon RSV is roughly 1/2 the size of the eTrac RSV. However, I am using inboard/outboard propulsion instead of trying to create a trolling motor small enough in scale to work with my 1/2 size configuration.

I presently have a SRV-II submarine (Mike's Subworks) that is designed for 27 - 75MHz radio control and is capable of diving to around 100ft if hooked to a tether.

I bought the optional deck so I can mount my GoPro camera on it and capture some underwater video:-).


TCIII ArduBoat Developer

Comment by Gary McCray on August 3, 2014 at 12:48pm

Hi Thomas,

Great idea, my autonomous interests certainly extend here along with my multicopter and robotics projects, mostly been waiting for a decent affordable submersible thruster.

And now with Rusty's Blue Robotics venture, looks like that might be happening:

Maybe a few more links to get things started:

An almost affordable brushless trolling motor from Australia for sale in Canada

Some Great Fiberglass float plane floats from Great Planes courtesy of Thomas:


Mikes subworks:

The Homebuilt ROV forum:


Best Regards,


Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on August 3, 2014 at 12:24pm

Hi All,

Welcome to the newly established ArduBoat User Group. This Group has been started to provide specific support to those members, who want to develop aquatic platforms, in the way of hardware and firmware.

Please feel free to make comments on the Comment Wall as to what direction and what content you would like to see in this User Group as it is your User Group:-)

TCIII ArduBoat Developer 


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