OK, that was a clickbait title, if ever there was one.
Anyway, I have been vaguely interested in the AI lookout and collision avoidance technology that has been used in the singlehanded racing game for some years, called OSCAR.
Now I see that the company has rebranded as SEA.AI and their entry level product is down to a still eye-watering €9,999.
But, then again, if this entry level unit really works, I can see that kind of investment (no more than a good integrated plotter and radar system) being worth it for singlehanders, or even double-handed crews.
And if we were still heading for the high latitudes regularly, Phyllis and I would be all over this technology, assuming it works for detecting small growlers.
Worth thinking about, although I’m guessing that waiting a bit longer before spending on this technology probably makes sense for most of us.
The other thing that could be a problem is how much power this thing uses. I note that it needs 24 volts—to avoid voltage drops on the mast cable since this model has all its brains at the top of the mast, I’m guessing—which is a bit of a smoking gun on what a hog it is.
Do any of you members have any first-hand experience with these things?