Phantom 4 Pro

$1,819

I recommend the DJI Phantom 4 Pro package for drones in sailing, especially for race management

  • Pros
    • Easy to hand-catch using the legs
    • Best wind tolerance (20knots)
    • Very stable
    • Extensively supported by manufacturer
    • If use a cellphone to control, voice can be recorded with video
  • Cons
    • It is big relative to Mavic
    • Takes more time to set up thank Mavic

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  • This package includes:
    • The drone, with 1 battery installed
    • Remote controller for the drone, but not the tablet or phone to operate
    • 2 more batteries, extra set of propellers, lots of other nice things to have
    • High speed battery and remote control charger
    • 16 and 64 gig SD card so you can take lots of pictures and videos
    • Sun screen to help with the glare
    • Backpack for carrying the drone
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Phantom 4 Pro- less expensive

$1,499

This is a more affordable package, but you probably will end up buying all the pieces eventually.

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This package includes:

  • The drone, with battery installed, and remote controller
  • 1 extra battery and 1 set of extra props
  • Does not include the rapid battery charger
  • Prop guards
  • 16 gig SD Card
  • Hard Backpack for carrying
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Phantom 4 Pro- Basic

$1,179

If all you want to buy is the drone and it's controller, click on this picture and it will bring you to Amazon's very basic package for a refurbished DJI Phantom 4 Pro,

 

This package includes:

  • The drone, with battery installed, and remote controller
  • Propellors
  • Battery, Charger, and Cable
  • 16gb SD Card | Case
  • 90 Day Manufacturer Refurbished Warranty
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DJI Mavic Pro

$1,249

DJI Mavic Pro is a nice drone for coaching, but does not have the wind tolerance of the Phantom 4 Pro. The new DJI Mavic Air is even smaller, but might be too light for on the water work.

  • Pro
    • Small and folds down to fit into a backpack
    • Can be launched from a rib
    • Quick set up using a cellphone
    • Cellphone captures voice as well as video
    • Excellant support from manufacturer
  • Con
    • Not as good in the wind as Phantom 4 Pro
    • Hard to hand launch and catch
    • Not as good a camera, but really does not matter

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This is the deluxe package and includes:

  • The Drone, which folds up into a case
  • Controller and it's case
  • 2 extra batteries
  • Extra set of props
  • SD cards to capture images (16 and 64 gig)
  • Landing pad
  • Lots of nice to have support things
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DJI Mavic Pro- Less Expensive

$819

Less expensive package for the Mavic Pro, but again you are probably going to buy the other pieces separately.

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This package includes:

  • The drone, with battery, which folds up into a case
  • Controller and it's case
  • ┬áno extra batteries
  • Extra set of props
  • 16 gig SD card
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Tablet / Pad

Both the Phantom 4 Pro and the Mavic Pro need either a smart phone or a tablet to load the DJI GO ap, which allows you to watch the images and monitor all the telemetry while the drone is in fight.

I prefer the iPad, because the screen is so much larger than the smart phones.

Here is the iPad I use.

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Safety Vest

FAA urgest drone pilots to clearly identify that they are flying the drone and asking people not to disturb. It is good to let the folks participating in the race or kids in sailing programs to know who is flying the drone.

You would not believe how many times I have been flying my drone and a young parent brings their child up to talk to me! It takes concentration to fly a drone.

Here is the vest I use.

 

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