The BlueBoat is the planet’s most affordable robotic surface vessel. With an innovative hull design, endless expansion possibilities, and open-source BlueOS software, it’s the ideal platform for hydrographic surveys and robotics system development.
The BlueBoat is designed to carry any payload that you want to integrate and to do so better than any other vehicle its size. We fit all of the control electronics, batteries, and wiring into the hulls so that the space between the hulls is completely dedicated to payload integration. The hulls are designed with flat inner walls, creating a low-wake sensor area ideal for survey sonars.
The BlueBoat can carry up to 15 kg (33 lb) of batteries and payload. The cross members, brackets, and the bottom of the hull have mounting points so that you can mount anything, whether it’s a hydrographic survey echosounder, an enclosure full of prototype electronics, or both!
Electronics areas in both hulls leave plenty of dry space for internal hardware integration with access to dedicated payload power, interhull communications, and holes for electrical penetrators or connectors.
The BlueBoat’s unique deep hull shape pushes weeds and debris down and out of the way. Anything that isn’t pushed down is brushed away by highly swept weedless propellers driven by two M200 Motors. That means that whether you’re doing a bathymetric survey in a weed-filled lake or studying a plastic-polluted waterway, you can count on the BlueBoat to get it done.
Every BlueBoat includes aNavigator Flight Controller, GPS, andArduRovercontrol firmware with advanced autonomous navigation capabilities. Out of the box it can perform precision GPS waypoint navigation, position hold at a location, follow-me maneuvers, geo-fencing, automatic return-to-home if radio signal is lost, and more. Drag and drop mission planning makes it easy to design a complex mission in minutes.
If you prefer to operate the vehicle manually or take pride in smoothly docking it at the end of a mission, you can use a joystick controller to show off your skills.
The BlueBoat has a long-range wifi radio that connects to the BaseStation box from up to 1 km away using the standard antennas. The BaseStation acts as a wifi access point that you can connect to to interact with the boat. It has an internal battery as well as a USB-C port for charging and a hardwired network connection.
If you’re operating multiple boats, they can all be connected through a single BaseStation box. In addition to the wifi radios, the BlueBoat will eventually be compatible with other types of communication for longer range, such as 4G LTE and Iridium satellite communications.
With a folding hull and frame design, the BlueBoat fits in the trunk of just about any car. Quick release handles allow you to switch between the folded and deployed configurations in seconds.
The BlueBoat comes almost fully assembled and only takes a few minutes to get into the water. In addition to the boat, you’ll need a few things to get started:
Laptop – We recommend a medium to high-end model with Windows 10, Mac, or Linux operating systems. There are also some compatible tablets including the Windows Surface tablets. iOS and Android are not officially supported at this time.
Battery – We recommend our14.8v, 15.6Ah lithium-ion batteryfor the best battery life, but we can’t ship it to all locations! There are other compatible batteries that can be used as well. We’d recommend getting a few for extended operation.
Battery Charger – We have arecommended chargeras well, but any lithium-ion battery charger that can handle your battery will work!
Gamepad Controller (optional) – If you want to control the boat manually, we recommend a gamepad controller like theXbox Wireless Controller.
Endurance @ 1 m/s (~30 W), no payload:
2 Batteries (532 Wh, 2.4 kg)
18 hrs (65 km)
4 Batteries (1064 Wh, 4.7 kg)
36 hrs (130 km)
6 Batteries (1596 Wh, 7.0 kg)
50 hrs (180 km)
8 Batteries (2128 Wh, 9.3 kg)
62 hrs (220 km)
Solar Power (user equipped)
Maximum Speed (2 batteries, no payload)
Maximum Static Thrust
Temperature Rating (air)
-25 to 40°C
-13 to 104°F
Temperature Rating (water)
0 to 40°C
32 to 104°F
Payload and Expansion Capabilities
Payload Capacity (batteries + payload)
Battery Voltage @ 60 A (Direct Connection) Battery Voltage @ 10 A (Fuse Board) 5V Auxiliary @ 5 A (Fuse Board)
Penetrator Holes (Starboard Hatch Lid)
2 x M10 Area to drill more
Penetrator Holes (Port Hatch Lid)
4 x M10 2 x M14 Area to drill more
Available Ports and Interfaces
3 x Serial UART Ethernet (Blue Robotics Ethernet Switch required) 2 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0 1 x 16-bit ADC (3.3 V) 1 x 16-bit ADC (6.6 V)
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height)
120 x 93 x 46 cm (deployed) 120 x 71 x 24 cm (folded) 120 x 46 x 20 cm (packaged)
47 x 36.5 x 18 in (deployed) 47 x 28 x 9.5 in (folded) 47 x 18 x 8 in (packaged)
Weight (no batteries or payload)
Freeboard (2 batteries, no payload)
Maximum Draft (maximum payload)
2 x M200 Motor w/ Weedless Propeller
5V 2W LED, White All-Around, PWM-Programmable Flashing