Scout takes a look underwater without you getting in – Exceptional Video Quality and 131 Feet (40 m) of Tether for $5,995 USD
VideoRay today announced the VideoRay Scout—the new marine electronics must-have for yachters and boaters. At half the price of professional models, the VideoRay Scout makes it easy for any boat or ship owner to check a fouled prop or take a look at the hull after a bump – without being a diver or even getting in the water. It’s also functional and fun for pre-dives, as a dive buddy, or for any recreational underwater adventure. The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology in the Scout is the same technology proven in commercial inspections and homeland security operations by the US Coast Guard.
Operated like a remote control plane underwater, the Scout is depth rated to 300 feet (91 m) and has a reach of 131 feet (40 m). The 8-pound (3.6 kg) submersible is easily launched into the water by hand and has horizontal and vertical thrusters for high maneuverability. The video-equipped submersible sports a fixed color video camera with a wide-angle lens, and two 20-watt high efficiency halogen lights. Operate the simple remote controls to see underwater views on the topside monitor.
“The VideoRay Scout makes it easy for any boat or ship owner to take a quick look at the hull, props, or pier,” says Scott Bentley, president of VideoRay, who began VideoRay five years ago with the mission of making the underwater world more accessible through micro-ROV technology. “In these times, the VideoRay Scout can give a new peace of mind to security-conscious ship and boat owners.”
A tether connects to the rear of the sub and to the topside control box, which features a joystick for piloting the sub and operating the lights. A 5-inch (127 mm) color monitor built into the lid of the control box case shows the operator what the Scout’s camera “sees” underwater.
Through its high-resolution, wide-angle lens, the operator can capture composite video with a variety of display and recording devices. The Scout supports NTSC or PAL video formats to accommodate all video standards worldwide.
The Scout requires less than 300 watts of 100-240VAC power and can be plugged into a standard wall outlet, a battery with an inverter, or a small generator. The maximum voltage in the tether is a safe 48VDC.
The Scout is delivered with the sub, 131 feet (40 m) of tether, an owner’s manual, spare parts, and a maintenance kit. All components fit neatly in one watertight, rolling Pelican case sized for the trunk of a car and airline travel. The entire system weighs less than 70 pounds (32 kg) and is streamlined for the casual operator.
ADD ON: An optional 250-feet (76 m) extension tether can be purchased to extend the overall reach of the submersible. Another handy option is the Tether Deployment System, which easily reels the tether in and out and fits neatly on the boat deck.
PRICE: $5,995 USD
THE NEXT STEP UP: The VideoRay Explorer features readouts for depth and directional navigation, and a more advanced video camera with 160-degrees of tilt. The Explorer also has Auto Depth control for inspections of water tanks, underwater surveys, and entering polluted conditions or tight spaces too hazardous for divers. It is priced at $9,995.