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Old 03 September 2007, 09:30   #1
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Hazzard to shipping?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/6976230.stm

12' long computerised sailing boats with no crew to sail to the Caribbean from Brittany.

They must be mad - they will either be nicked or someone will hit one. Wonder what maritime laws are on this.

Power gives way to sail - it will have to!!!
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"This may seem esoteric and trivial, but there are large numbers of applications that would benefit greatly from robot sailing boats."

oh yes.... so large is the uses for such a craft that they don't quite get round to listing them...
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[url]Wonder what maritime laws are on this.

Power gives way to sail - it will have to!!!
. . unless powered vessel is restricted by draught or ability to manoeuvre

Might be interesting how the plan to keep a lookout though - webcams via sat link?

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"This may seem esoteric and trivial, but there are large numbers of applications that would benefit greatly from robot sailing boats."

oh yes.... so large is the uses for such a craft that they don't quite get round to listing them...
The oceanographers monitoring temperatures & currents would probably find them very useful, especially if it saves them having to spend months at sea themselves.
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Might become quite popular in southern Spain and north Africa.....
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Too right it would!!!
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