This is a project guidance forum.
I desire to backstop of ideas and seek a diversity of input.
In fact these are very specially engineered boats, but the servo system is from the 1960s. I have been a sailor for over 30 years. I am a fully trained and capable Sr. CET in 5 electronics disciplines and I hold a FCC GMDSS operator/maintainer license, with a RADAR endorsement. In fact, it has occurred to me to build what I need with discreet components from scratch. This I can do...but why should I?
My desire is to work within open source electronics
and I am not familiar with Arduino systems. I can read a schematic, and this is not that hard.
I want minimal parts, modular components, reliability and ease of maintenance of surface mount electronics.
There are many open source electronic systems out there, how can anyone be familiar with them all?
Arduino systems are readily available here in San Francisco through local vendors and seems heavily supported. Seems like a good choice of technology.
Peter's post seems to indicate Arduino should be just for hobbies.
do this work, and I have not
asked anyone to do it for me. The current health and safety nightmare is the current system in place now. I want to have our fleet ready to go for the Para Olympics in a year and a half. I will not wait while the world wrings its hands with worry over such a simple control issue. I will move to resolve this issue one way or another.
I only seek advise on which components are best. There are many and many will work....I don't have the patience to buy them all and try them all out, when an international forum is available for advise and support.
As I said earlier, I will post better and more descriptive photographs later to day that everyone has a better idea about what I seek advise about.
One other thing... There are only about 100 of these boats in the world, half in the UK and Australia, and the rest in North America. There are no " people who are competent and qualified to deal with the risks." as Peter says.
Expertise in this narrow issue will only come through R&D.