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HR Wallingford Ltd ARCboat

The ARCboat is a remote controlled boat that is used to collect river and estuarine data including flow, depth and suspended sediment concentrations. It was developed in partnership with end-users and perfected to meet their exact needs. HR Wallingford provides outstanding customer support throughout the ownership of an ARCboat, from delivery to ongoing training and support.

  • HR Wallingford Ltd ARCboat
HR Wallingford Ltd
Howbery Park
OX10 8BA Wallingford
United Kingdom


  • The ARCboat is designed to provide clean data in flows of up to 5m/s.
  • A hull design that offers minimal flow disturbance.
  • Twin rudders and twin shrouded propellors provide very high maneuverability.
  • Deployment depths for the ADCP/SBES of only 12cm below the waterline.
  • Skids protect the ADCP sensor, propellors and rudders from damage.
  • Battery life of up to four hours depending on use. Supplied with spare battery packs and chargers.
  • A light and portable vessel with an unladen weight of 29kg, a length of 1.95m, beam of 0.72m and draft of 0.22m with skids.
  • Rigid and robust GRP hull able to accept minor knocks and damage. Resistant to UV light.
  • A detachable bow that allows road transport in small vehicles and is easy to replace in the event of front-end impact damage.
  • Supplied with fairings and adaptor sleeves to allow a wide range of ADCPs, including RDI Rio Grande and Sontek M9 units to be used.
  • Operates with industry standard remote control with a maximum range of up to 2000m. Incorporated Bluetooth link for data trnsmission to an onshore laptop.
  • Twelve month warranty from the date of delivery.


  • Length [m]
  • Width [m]
  • Height [m]
  • Draft [m]
  • Min. weight of USV in air [kg]
  • Max. Weight of USV in air [kg]
  • Portable
  • Number of thrusters
  • Chassis
    Fibreglass, with reinforced keel
  • Min. turning radius [m]
  • Max. speed [kn]
  • Min. crew size
  • Max. Remote Operating Range {m}
  • Navigation sensors - standard
  • Navigation sensors - optional
    RTK, Autopilot
  • Payload sensors - optional
    ADCP, SBES, MBES, Water quality, SBP, Lidar, camera
  • Energy Source
    2x 24v 10Ah NiMH batteries
  • Endurance at nominal power [hr]
  • Auto- control
  • Distinguishable features
    Tough GRP construction, modular moon-pool adapters allows wide range of interchangeable sensors
  • Applications
    Sheltered inshore and inland waters up to 5m/s flow rate

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