While testing the True North 34 for an upcoming published review, I brought along Jock West of SeaHEX. I wanted to see for myself what this unmanned aerial vehicle UAV—or, “drone”– could do. Interest in UAV’s is on the rise among boaters, and SeaHEX is the only waterproof drone we know of. That feature alone makes it a natural for boaters. In fact, West dunked the UAV in the salty waters of Narragansett Bay during our test, a feat proving the veracity of the waterproof claim.
But what good is a waterproof rating if it sinks? It’s noteworthy that SeaHEX can be rigged to float. That’s another reason we think boaters seeking a UAV should check out Sea HEX.
Setting up to fly took just several minutes. Carrying two GoPro cameras—one for stills and one for video—and chasing the True North around at 20 knots we noted about eight minutes of flight time. Of course, payload, speed and wind conditions will affect range, a fact that boaters likely understand better than most.
Operating the controls of SeaHEX is easy to learn, but requires some time to master. It is flight after all. It’s also fun as all get out. With just one camera installed, flight time is up to 20 minutes. Charging takes 45 minutes with the supplied charger. The custom controller allows operation at up to 1000 feet from SeaHEX.
Don’t outrun your drone!
Besides taking pictures, SeaHEX can be used as a fishing aid, with the addition of some accessories. Utilizing GPS, SeaHEX can be sent out to scout for schooling or surfacing fish, delivering not just imagery, but also GPS coordinates. We can envision fishing SeaHEXs becoming popular on the tuna and billfish tournament circuits.
For more information, operational videos, full specifications and more visit seahex.com.