I wish I could snap my fingers and get the Hackerboat ready for sea. Instead, it's more of a slow steady grind. This weekend, I got the computer box I/O and the speed control box tested and confirmed working, including the network connection to the radios. Still need to finish up the revamp of the boat wiring, but it's looking increasingly manageable. I think I am going to go with a PVC pipe for the new radio mast, which has the advantage of being cheap and easy to work. Battery mounts and lights should be in hand for next weekend. I still need to order actuators for the enable/e-stop buttons and new gears for the steering linkage to get us the control authority appropriate for restricted waters.
I will need to do further testing, but I think there may be some compass issues as well. The numbers I was getting did not seem right. I will test it more next weekend.
The Arduino code needs to be refactored so that the hardware specific code and the state machine code are broken out into libraries. This is so we can write unit tests and wring out the state code to make sure it functions as intended.
The hatches and launching cradle still need to be finished.
If you interested in helping out, join the Hackerbot Meetup group and come join us. Next open lab/work party is this Saturday (2014 Oct 04) at 1400 hrs.