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Boating with a Spark
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Martin Lines
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Flight distance : 19147 ft
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I have been talking with a number of you on here about using the Spark on a boat. Up until today I had not plucked up enough courage but it was such expectional weather that I knew I would regret it. Mine still can only fly manually (none of the Intelligent modes work due to an ongoing No Fly Zone issue which means Spark thinks its in a zone no matter where it is in the southern UK). Therefore I did some manual flying.
It all went pretty well, we launched and recovered by hand from the bow when at sea. We launched and recovered from the pontoon when in the marina. This gave an issue when recovering where Spark start to suddenly go off sideways when coming down (less than a metre) to the pontoon. I assume this is because the pontoon has mains electricity, lighting and boat power circuits and WiFi access point feeds embedded in it, therefore I managed to recover the situation by climbing back up and hand recovering.

Here are some pictures, I have video that needs editing first.






Regal 2250 - Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Universal Marina, River Hamble, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Universal Marina, River Hamble, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Universal Marina, River Hamble, United Kingdom

Regal 2250 - Universal Marina, River Hamble, United Kingdom
2017-8-27
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Lucas775
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Pictures are well worth taking all the risk.  Thanks for sharing.
2017-8-27
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lafoto
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Flight distance : 1402680 ft
Portugal
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WOW!... Nice Pics!... Congrats.
2017-8-27
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Montfrooij
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Netherlands
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Nice pics indeed!
2017-8-27
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HomePoint
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Nice, that is what it is all about, catching images like this.
2017-8-27
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Charles Adams
First Officer
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I avoid flying at dock.  Every time I tried to launch from dock I had compass issues.  I will only fly on open water.
2017-8-27
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TMUSVI
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nice shots keep it up tks
2017-8-27
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Rawsome
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Feels good taking spark on a new adventure right? Thanks for sharing, great shots!
2017-8-27
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PascalG
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All  my use of the spark has been from the boat in the Bahamas, almost always anchored out.  I don't think the shore power on the dock (pontoon on your side of the pond I guess) makes a difference since almost all my flights where with one or two big generators running down below
2017-8-27
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HillcountryDron
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I have the same reservations about flying off the boat but plan to next trip out. Thanks for sharing.
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2017-8-27
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jacksonnai
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Nice one keep it up
2018-6-15
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Bing Err
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Nice, I like your overhead shot of the dock the best.
2018-6-16
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A CW
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Excellent shots - I need to fly over water more!
2018-6-16
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Flighty
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Croatia
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Lovely shots,,,but I still have reservations when it comes to flying over water. Maybe one day...
2018-6-16
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CharlieZ
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United States
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Cool, thanks for sharing!
2019-1-10
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