First off i wanted to say congrats on reaching your funding.
Also i wanted to Introduce myself to the forums, one of the most exciting things about this to me is the community and its focus on this project, its very exciting.
I live in the great lakes region of the US (Michigan) so i have tons of great areas to explore. At this point i plan to start building one of these over the winter with my daughter and possibly one of her friends who are both interested in biology, exploring, and building things. The hope is to begin exploring next spring. I am hoping to participate is testing various components such as new batteries and raspberry PI as i have a couple of those to work with.
Cant wait to begin, thanks to OpenROV team for such a great project and community