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Landing Mavic Air 2 on a moving yacht
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intruder83
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Hey guys,
I guess it's not the best idea ever, but have anyone tried landing Mavic Air 2 on a moving boat?
I'd say there are a few things to change in options before flying from a moving boat:
- Disable sensors
- Hover if signal lost (RTH by defaut)
Anything else?
If I crashed it, would DJI care refresh cover it?

8-20 07:51
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intruder83
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I was thinking about preparing attachable handle that I could velcro strap to MA2.
8-20 08:06
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Ruzhye
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intruder83 Posted at 8-20 08:06
I was thinking about preparing attachable handle that I could velcro strap to MA2.
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There is YouTube channel called SV Delos that made a home-made handle to assist with grabbing and not risking a drop or injured fingers.
8-20 18:36
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Cavu Films
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I'm not sure how DJI would handle the warranty issue if something happened.

Yes to disable the sensors but if you have a cellular data device the RTH can be updated as you move. If you have it set to hover and you don't make it back to it to recover it and the battery dies then DJI will definitely not cover it. You risk a lot when trying to take off and land from a boat in general.
8-21 12:28
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intruder83
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Ruzhye Posted at 8-20 18:36
There is YouTube channel called SV Delos that made a home-made handle to assist with grabbing and not risking a drop or injured fingers.

Thanks! Will take a look
8-22 10:13
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intruder83
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Cavu Films Posted at 8-21 12:28
I'm not sure how DJI would handle the warranty issue if something happened.

Yes to disable the sensors but if you have a cellular data device the RTH can be updated as you move. If you have it set to hover and you don't make it back to it to recover it and the battery dies then DJI will definitely not cover it. You risk a lot when trying to take off and land from a boat in general.

Thanks for your reply.
It's probably not worth a risk. They are a good few videos on YouTube where people lost their drones trying to land on a moving boats.
8-22 10:17
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Ruzhye
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intruder83 Posted at 8-22 10:17
Thanks for your reply.
It's probably not worth a risk. They are a good few videos on YouTube where people lost their drones trying to land on a moving boats.

It's very impressive footage when they get it, but you are right that there is a lot of risk involved.  Especially when the boat is moving away from the RTH location.
8-22 17:20
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I have done this - not recommended.  I lost my first Spark by doing this (boat stopped, but unanticipated current still moving boat).  Battery ran down low enough while futzing around with landing that an automatic forced landing occurred (into the water).  I watched it sink in 35ft of water like a rock.

I have since modified my procedure as follows.

  • Stop boat
  • Launch drone
  • Power up boat - film, periodically updating RTH location
  • Stop boat
  • Update RTH location
  • Recover drone either with RTH or manually (with PLENTY of battery margin remaining)

Some of my "underway" boat videos are here:  https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=222998


8-23 09:18
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DAFlys
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I would bring the drone down along side the boat and reach out and hand catch it,   too many lines and stays on a yacht to land on it.
8-25 01:28
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A J
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Definitely hand catch
8-25 06:01
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George210477
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Fish net ))
Land in hand make sure you have at least batteries for another 5 minutes...just in case...
And disable auto rth if some is wrong...just hoover....
8-25 13:22
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intruder83
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RayH Posted at 8-23 09:18
I have done this - not recommended.  I lost my first Spark by doing this (boat stopped, but unanticipated current still moving boat).  Battery ran down low enough while futzing around with landing that an automatic forced landing occurred (into the water).  I watched it sink in 35ft of water like a rock.

I have since modified my procedure as follows.

thank you all for your replies and advises. Much appreciated
8-30 02:08
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