-Gunboat actively solicits feedback, likes suggestions and reads the ideas and comments in this topic on this forum.
-Gunboat offers rotating masts and will include a boom furler on owner's request (probably sooner than later). And I was criticized and personally attacked for raising the topic, more than once.
-Gunboat offers a 400+ lb remote controlled, programmable, self-powered and customized propeller in a dedicated hull compartment in the front of the left hull on GB68. And I was criticized and personally attacked for speculating about future designs doing much the same for regen.
-Gunboats come pre-designed to accommodate a Czone system.
-A small group on this topic who can't refute much of anything intelligently and so have to resort to personal attacks don't understand the literal definition of robot ("A robot is a machine—especially one programmable by a computer— capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically.") Let's call them 'the 3rd grade brigade.' And let's refer them to Ray Bradbury from 1950: There Will Come Soft Rains where indeed, a remote controlled garage opener would be robotic...
-Gunboat currently offers a remote to control both mainsheet and traveller. Yeah, that's some classic salty greybeard sailing, right...
-There is an acronym the 3rd grade brigade probably isn't familiar with: IOT. They should check it out. I'm not sure which hull number of GB68 will have an owner who can tap his smartwatch, and have the autopilot activate, head the boat into the wind, and hold it there, but it won't be long. CZone can probably already do that on hulls 01 and 02 from a wireless pad. Making the GB68 really one big robot either already, or in the very near future.
-Not sure I remember this right, but I think the inefficiencies in asking a propeller design to work effectively in both forward and reverse made the first generation of props on Torquedo's Moonwave Gunboat testbed a rotating pod drive (blades could be designed for one direction only). They seem to have given that up, but Volvo Penta now has a two axis forward facing drive with adjustable angle of thrust, and a successful line of pod drives, so incorporating one more break in the drivetrain to retract the blades and change them out doesn't seem impossible (just heavy, but again, the bow thruster is 400+lbs and the Volvo systems are designed for power boats, so the weight could probably come down).
I talked with Stan Honey and Chris Anderson about marine applications / startups after a presentation they gave and it was interesting. One of the strong points they made was that most civilians weren't at all familiar with the tech breakthrough that made cell phones as potent as they are, and it's dirt cheap yet effective sensors. You can load tiny sensitive cheap sensors anywhere and send data to a controller for diagnoses / control functions. Combine this with cheap customer designed motherboards, and open source software, and you get the world we live in where kids are designing and programming their own drones not to fly remotely, but to fly in competitions where they have to take off, navigate a course, return and land autonomously.
Yeah, marine environments are harsh, salt water is corrosive, vibrations are a killer, but my money is on innovation to win in the long run. A green gunboat is coming, and it's going to be a big robot. I'm not evangelical about this, just realistic. I personally wouldn't want anything on board that didn't have a manual backup, which is one reason I'm still on the fence re Czone. (The third grade brigade probably has zero conception of Czone capabilities, now or in the future, and will respond with another fleshlight video or attack from a dummy account [from 'jedi,' who has 1 post. Really?]. And I'm the one pissing in the pool?) What about it, Greenflash? Czone probably has one master controller. What happens on a 68 should it conk out? I'd love to know more about the setup.
A MUCH better criticism of future robotic tech that will inevitably find its way on to future Gunboats can be found in this tweet I saw just yesterday: Hard to imagine a worse job than truck "safety driver".
At what point does the human become a maintenance servant to the robot(s)? Tech doesn't have a good record at promising to relieve labor but costing more human time and effort than before the innovation. Monkey can give us his perspective as he 'cares' for robots professionally. I'm a gearhead and wouldn't mind doing a good bit of my own maintenance if I owned a 68, and keeping an eye on too much computerized software integrated into hardware would have a line I wouldn't want to cross, but I have faith in remote diagnosing from error codes and sensors and even, to a greater extent than a modern car, my ability to pull a part and replace it.