Announcing the Maker Boat Basic!

Hello everyone! After nearly 3 months of tinkering, I can finally announce the stable operation of what I have dubbed - the Maker Boat Basic.

The concept is guided by the ‘good enough’ principle and this platform is intended for entry level roboticists, students, marine researchers, etc. It is intended to be modular and simple to construct and attach/detach from basically anything small and floating (think boogie boards, surfboards, kayaks, etc.).

I am currently using a Pixhawk 2.4.8 and the next build will probably use a Holybro Pixhawk 4, since I have one of those gathering dust. For Rx/Tx, I am using FrSky X8R and X9 Lite. For propulsion, I am using 2 x Blue Robotics T200 thrusters and their Basic ESCs. All the electronics are housed in an IP65 junction box and powered by a single 4S 5000 mAh LiPo, though I ordered LiPo decouplers so I can run 2 batteries in parallel and hot-swap them. The current build is mounted on an old boogie board with a 3D-printed bracket.

I am writing up a full build guide and BOM, both of which will be open source.

For now, enjoy this video and some pics

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Look forward ro seeing your build plan.

Next put some Folding wings on it and make it 007 flying boat :slight_smile:

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Looking forward for your guide, i hope it can provide me with some helpfull tips:)

Hi Everyone! I am happy to announce that the complete build docs for the Maker Boat Basic are now up on my website. Head over to to check it out.

Right now, we do not run any ads or affiliate marketing on the site. The plans will always be free and open source, but we may runs ads or affiliate links in the future…

Please let me know what you think!


Thank you @nuballawalla! I have just finished setting parameters on my pixhawk. Your website instructions were very helpful. My thrusters, battery and ESCs should arrive in a few days. Looking forward to completing the project and giving it a test run.