In February of 2019 we launched two little boats into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii’s big island, both equipped with a satellite tracker. Below is the path the two little boats are taking. Updates are below the map.
March 1, 2019: Benchy I went offline. We are hoping someone encounters the boat and sends us an email. We suspect a malfunction in the external battery pack and solar panel, as we had issues with this before launch but thought they were resolved.
March 3, 2019: Benchy II was picked up by a passing boat. They have emailed us and we have requested they put the boat back in the water. Have not heard a response back from them as of yet, but hopefully they respond soon.
March 5, 2019: Got a reply from a fellow who was along on the boat when Benchy II was picked up. He is relaying my messages to the crew of the boat who picked up Benchy II. It sounds hopefully that they will put the boat back into the water.