ArduBoat User Group

Dedicated to developing hardware and firmware for autonomous aquatic vehicles.

Members: 235
Latest Activity: Dec 31, 2017

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

Commercial USV command kits

Started by BMS Dec 31, 2017. 0 Replies

Thought id post this video, as the control units for this boat are actually being sold commercially on . how cool is that!…Continue

MAP - Pro, USV Autopilot

Started by BMS. Last reply by Enno Bokkels Nov 22, 2017. 5 Replies

Thought i would share this with you all, this may be helpful for those looking to build larger surface vessel. this product apparently costs as much as a regular Marine Autopilot but provides…Continue

ArduBoat: Any way to have it hold position against current/wind?

Started by AntimatterCrusader. Last reply by jean-luc Nov 13, 2017. 68 Replies

Hello! I am rebuilding an old APMBoat from a few years ago, and at the time was unable to find a way to get the boat to hold position. When it reached the final waypoint, it would just stop and float…Continue

2 motor ASV with backward ESC capability

Started by Leonardo Garberoglio. Last reply by Leonardo Garberoglio Nov 12, 2017. 5 Replies

Hi, I'm building an ASV made of 2 hulls of PVC pipe and a aluminum frame. It will be powered with 2 T100 thruster from bluerobotics. They offer an ESC with fordward/backward posibility. PW drom 1000…Continue

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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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