There’s no escaping them, drones are everywhere – from sporting events, to backyard parties, and even battlefields. These UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) are evolving quickly (and considering they might deliver my groceries to my front door someday soon, I’m hoping they’re here for good). #UAV inventors are amazing…
Of course, it doesn’t take long for the latest technology and toys to find their way into the world of luxury yacht charter. It only makes sense.
As yacht charter brokers, we constantly tout the advantages of private yacht charter vacations and the opportunity to go where others can’t go. The reality is this – there are places that even a yacht (or the yacht’s tender) can’t take you – such as exploring deep in hidden caves along the Amalfi Coast, or uncovering new coves to drop the anchor before nightfall rolls in.
There’s also the simple, fun aspect of small UAV’s – like flying them from the sundeck and filming your kids as they frolic in the ocean alongside your yacht.
Our charter department sat down this week, and after consulting with several superyacht captains, came up with our 3 favorite drones to use and enjoy on a luxury yacht charter vacation. So before you turn in your guest preference sheets to your charter broker, make sure to jot down your request for one of these UAV’s to be added to the yacht’s inventory of guest toys!
In no particular order:
OUR TOP THREE UAV’s
1. GoPro Karma – Many drones are bulky, but the Karma drone has foldable arms and a long flat body that can tuck in tightly inside a tote bag or backpack. This makes it easy to take on the tender to the beach, or fly from the yacht’s sundeck. Works with the GoPro Hero 4 or Hero 5 cameras. The video game-style controller makes this model a breeze to use by first timers.
2. OpenROV Trident – Thought all drones are for “flying?” Guess again. Ok…technically this is not a UAV, but it does “fly” along – under the waves. The Trident by OpenROV is an underwater drone that can cruise at 4 knots and dive as deep as 100 meters. It comes with a built-in high def (1080 pixel) camera configured for low-light environments. Considering how much time you spend in the water during a yacht charter vacation, this is a great toy to use to capture sea life and have fun while the gang is swimming and snorkeling.
3. Airdog – Just the name alone tells you this a cool, must-have toy. Forget the controller – the Airdog flies itself, completely unaided from takeoff to landing. The aim of this UAV is to film you while you are moving (e.g. paddling along on a SUP, bouncing along on a towable toy pulled behind the yacht’s tender, or zipping by the yacht’s beach club deck on a waverunner). The drone films your every move, by tracking a small, waterproof device called the AirLeash, attached to your wrist. The manufacturer calls it, “the only drone built for action sports.”
So there you have it – from high above, to deep below, and as fast as you want to go – there’s a perfect UAV drone for your next superyacht experience.