New hydrographic survey boat buoys Teledyne
Teledyne Oceanscience has released its latest remotely operated hydrographic survey boat, the Z-Boat 1250.
Described by Teledyne as sturdy enough for tough terrain but light enough to be one person portable, the Z-Boat 1250 is fitted with a single-beam echosounder and is suited for inland waters such as streams, rivers, and lakes.
The Californian company’s trimaran-style boat has a lightweight hull manufactured from ABS plastic. It has no rudder or steering linkages.
The 1250 is IP67 rated, which makes it suited to survey in most water conditions and in mining pits and tailing ponds, environmentally sensitive areas, construction and inspection zones, dams and reservoirs, harbours and rivers.
Its propulsion system uses two thrusters – one in each outrigger – and an advanced 2.4 GHz remote-control transmitter that differentially adjusts the two thrusters to steer the boat.