It has been challenging to bring you this style of video until recently. The factory is based in a relatively sheltered area of the Baltic and the yard team are extremely busy keeping up with demand for new Dragonfly trimarans, so most videos are created locally. The logistics of transporting boats and crews to remote locations, plus chartering a chase helicopter in the hope conditions will be right on the day, is always an expensive gamble.
The new age of drone photography has changed this, allowing us to be more spontaneous. However their flight time remains limited, especially when chasing a trimaran in stronger winds. Due to the high apparent wind on the trimaran, the drone is flying near full-speed much of the time to keep up.
Therefore some footage is still from chase boats, but this presents a challenge too. As one of the RIB drivers told me, even a big RIB was struggling to keep up in the sea state, as they bounce over chop while a trimaran float will slice through.
We’re sure you’ll agree the result is fantastic. Who else can’t wait to get back out on the water?
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