I am building an autonomous sailboat that will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and I plan to add an underwater camera. I think this is the right forum to ask for your opinions.
I have already built one (and it’s likely lost in the ocean) that has an onboard camera.
The camera records for 30 seconds every hour. I am limited by the 128 GB flash memory, and not by the power consumption which is actually very low on average. I am thinking about adding another camera that would take a video of the underwater world.
• Do you think I have a chance of catching anything interesting on a 20-40-hour video in the middle of the Atlantic? Whales, sharks or dolphins would be really cool! Krakens, mermaids and unicorns too.
• What is the best place to locate the camera? In front of the boat, or in the back? Some fish may follow the boat. However, some might be scared by it. The camera body will be inside the hull so the camera won’t increase drag in either case.
Any feedback about this issue or about anything else on the boat would be most appreciated and welcomely received!
My project website is www.opentransat.com