Yamaha has come out with a boat to ease the heavy burden of surveyors that measure sediment below dams; the BREEZE10 unmanned boat. Designed to be conned by an onboard operator, by remote or left to work autonomously, the BREEZE10 carries a sophisticated sonar and electronics suite that maps the lake bed while an electric motor drives it silently across the surface. An onboard generator can replenish the ion-lithium batteries, which makes the boat a proper hybrid.

Continue reading for more information on the Yamaha BREEZE10.

BREEZE10

Robotic Boat is a Dam Miracle
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Normally you would expect workers to be angry about being replaced by a robotic device, but not in this case. You see, monitoring the sediment that collects in water reservoirs created by dams is an important job. It’s also a miserable one. Primarily done in the winter when rainfall amounts are generally low, surveyors will spend half-a-day setting up a survey boat, then the rest of the day freezing their hirata buns off while trying to hold a steady course in spite of their shivering. “Funtimes for all,” said nobody, ever. The BREEZE10 does the work with no mind to the chilly weather.

Right now it’s just a civilian tool, but this craft is also being developed to support surveillance and even defense missions, so we would do well to hope that it never becomes self-aware.....

Specifications

Length × Width × Height: 3.21 m (registered length 2.88 m ) × 1.17 m × 0.89 m (excluding
antenna and trailer)
Cargo weight/max. occupants: 166.5 kg/1 person
Maximum output: 500W (Yamaha Marine Motor M25)
Speed: Max. 4 knots (7.2 km/h)
Continuous operating time: Approx. 6 hours max.
Traversal line navigating accuracy: ±1.5 m (using DGNSS)
Battery: Li-ION 20Ah 24V
Generator output: Max. 1.6 kW (Yamaha inverter generator EF1600iS)
Supported sonar: SONIC2024, SONIC2022 (R2Sonic)
TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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