Answers to your MarkSetBot questions
HOW MARKSETBOT WORKS
How portable is the MarkSetBot?
You can fit 3 Bots in most sedans as long as the rear seat folds down.
How does the Bot move?
Most people who see the MarkSetBot or hear about it have one main question; how does it get to where it’s going, and how does it remain there without an anchor? We hope that this helps to provide a general answer to that question.
The Bot is powered by a 50 or 100 ah battery, which sends current to a 12v Minn Kota trolling motor. This motor is akin to one you would find on a fishing boat. This electric motor is highly efficient and quiet. The motor itself is controlled by a ProNav unit, which, while integrated with the MarkSetBot app, is able to tell the Bot where to go.
Typically, the Minn Kota would be paired with a foot pedal on a fishing boat that an angler could press to go left, right, and to control thrust. However, in the case of the Bot, the “pedals” are connected to the MarkSetBot app. So, when a user sets a waypoint via the app, the app commands the ProNav unit to navigate the Bot to the proper location.
We get that some of you out there want to know more technical information, so please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with more questions! We are happy to dig deeper!
How fast is MarkSetBot?
The current MarkSetBot is capable of 4 knots of speed (more in some conditions).
This speed limitation often causes qualms for clubs and users who need to move their Bots a long distance to get to a racing area. To solve this dilemma, we have created a high speed tow raft which is capable of carrying 4 (6 with special order) Bots on a full plane (25+ kts). The Bots are strapped on and then easily launched from the racecourse to save energy and time.
Race Committees often are also concerned with how quickly they can change a course with the Bot. To hopefully ease these worries, we have created a table with course lengths, degree of course change, and time taken for the Bot to move to its new location. Check that out below:
|5||0.02 nm / 0.3 min||0.04 nm / 0.7 min||0.09 nm / 1.3 min||0.13 nm / 2.0 min||0.17 nm / 2.6 min|
|10||0.03 nm / 0.5min||0.09 nm / 1.3 min||0.17 nm / 2.6 min||0.26 nm / 3.9 min||0.35 nm / 5.2 min|
|20||0.07 nm / 1.0 min||0.17 nm / 2.6 min||0.35 nm / 5.2 min||0.52 nm / 7.8 min||0.69 nm / 10.4 min|
|30||0.10 nm / 1.6 min||0.26 nm / 3.9 min||0.52 nm / 7.8 min||0.78 nm / 11.6 min||1.04 nm / 15.5 min|
|40||0.14 nm / 2.1 min||0.34 nm / 2.1 min||0.68 nm / 10.3 min||1.03 nm / 15.4 min||1.37 nm / 20.5 min|
Starting and Gate Marks:
|5||4.36 m / 0.04 min||8.72 m / 0.7 min||17.45 m / 0.14 min||21.81 m / 0.18 min||26.17 m / 0.21 min|
|10||8.72 m / 0. 07 min||17.43 m / 0.14 min||34.86 m / 0.28 min||43.58 m / 0.35 min||52.29 m / 0.42 min|
|20||17.36 m / 0.14 min||34.73 m / 0.28 min||69.46 m / 0.56 min||86.82 m / 0.7 min||104.19 m / 0.84 min|
|30||25.88m m / 0.21 min||51.76 m / 0.42 min||103.53 m / 0.84 min||129.41 m / 1.05 min||155.29 m / 1.26 min|
|40||34.20 m / 0.28 min||68.4 m / 0.55 min||136.81 m / 1.11 min||171.01 m / 1.39 min||205.21 m / 1.66 min|
How does the Bot stay in place without an anchor?
What is the wind and wave height limit for using MarkSetBots?
There is no set wind limit or wave height for the Bots. The range of conditions in which they can be used depends largely on a number of factors, the two most prominent of which are wind speed and wave height. We have used Bots successfully in up to 25+ knots of wind and 2 meter waves, but anticipate that Bots could be successful in conditions beyond that range. Additionally, any current in the racing area could either contribute to a longer battery life for the Bots, or shorter, depending on the direction. Wave frequency and steepness also plays a key roll, as very steep waves (potentially breaking surf) could move the Bot more aggressively than long, rolling waves of the same height.
How long is the battery life?
In our trials, Bots have been able to last 8-10 hours in windy (over 20 knot) conditions even with the 50ah battery. The 100ah only extends this capacity. So, regardless of the battery option, and holding all else constant (current of 0), in wind-speeds of 20+ knots, the Bots can easily make it through an entire day of racing.
When you send a bot out to the race course on it’s own, it uses more battery than when holding place. Sending a bot 1nm uses about 10Ah (20Ah round trip). That leaves you with 30Ah or 80Ah depending on the battery you select.
Can the battery be changed on the water?
Changing the battery on the water, while possible, isn’t recommended. It is not particularly easy. The battery is housed within a waterproof box which is strapped to the frame of the Bot and attached via waterproof connectors to the Minn Kota trolling motor and ProNav navigational unit. With that being considered, batteries can be exchanged on the water. This requires taking the battery box off of the Bot and into the RC boat or other platform for safety’s sake.
PURCHASING A MARKSETBOT
Where has the MarkSetBot been used?
Bots have been used at major regattas around the world. Below you’ll find a list of some of the highlights:
- SailGP in New York, Cowes, Marseilles, Sydney
- World Sailing Para-World Championship (43 teams on primary course, also used for medal races for even more)
- Windsurfer Class World Trophy (Windsurfer Europe, 200+ competitors)
- Lightning Women’s, Juniors, Masters’ North American Championship (75 teams)
- US Sailing Team Lightning Pan-American Games trials (15 teams)
- RS21 North American Championship
- O’pen Bic North American Championship (60+ competitors)
- Grimaldi Cup (Windsurfer Europe, 78 competitors)
- Bayview One Design Regatta
- 18 Foot Skiff European Championship
- Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge
- European J70 Battles
These events are just a selection of major events that have used MarkSetBots. If you would like to learn more, reach out to email@example.com!
Do you ship internationally?
Yes. We use a service called myus.com to help make international shipping more cost effective.
To ship internationally, we’ll ask you to sign up for a myus.com accounts, which gives you a forwarding address in Sarasota, Florida, USA
We ship to that address and then they forward to you. It will cost between $90 and $100 for us to ship to Sarasota. It usually costs around $200 – $300 for myus.com to forward the two boxes to you. You pay myus.com yourself. We have seen the price as high as $400 – $600. You can get a quote at https://www.myus.com/pricing/. One bot without a battery comes in two boxes and weighs 85 pounds. With the 50Ah battery, it is 100 pounds. With the 100Ah battery, it is 110 pounds.
When filling out an order online, you simply enter the address that myus.com gives you (the one in Sarasota, FL, USA.
Attached is a screenshot of the confirmation you will get when a package shows up at myus.com for you.
NOTE: This is a cost effective option but often is much slower than services like DHL
What is the lifespan of the MarkSetBot?
We anticipate that, with regular maintenance and the occasional upgrade, Bots can have a lifecycle of 30+ years. The physical technology used within the Bot is relatively standard. Additionally, we at MSB are working to make sure that none of our models go obsolete. Software upgrades (always provided free) will always be made available to all versions of the Bots and app, regardless of when they were made or purchased.
Do you offer a Software Source Code Escrow agreement?
OWNING A MARKSETBOT
What is the annual cost of maintenance?
We anticipate costs of maintenance to be remarkably low. If these costs are differentiated from upgrades, they should be around $100-$200 annually, for things such as fixing popped tubes, chipped/broken propellers, and dealing with other odds and ends as they arise.
How do owners access upgrades and new parts?
We plan to offer a subscription-based program, in which Bot owners can pay an annual fee and receive all of the upgraded parts that we introduce during a given year. Additionally, for users who do not find this to be a desirable option, we will likely offer parts at production price to existing owners.
Does MarkSetBot sponsor events?
MarkSetBot is happy to sponsor events! And, we are happy that you are supporting technology in sailing! If you’re interested in having MarkSetBot sponsor your event, please reach out and we’ll put together a sponsorship agreement.
As part of this agreement, we have a few resources and guidelines for the clubs and organizations we sponsor! Below, you’ll find these general guidelines, along with MSB logos and a QR code to display at the regatta.
Sponsor Expectations: MSB Sponsor Expectations PDF Version.pdf
When we enter an event sponsorship agreement, we will happily provide any additional logos, documentation, and resources you need Please reach out to our marketing manager firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions, comments, or concerns!.