Kroova llc

composites & electronics design and engineering services


The Scout Transatlantic project sought to make the first transatlantic crossing with an autonomous boat. After being launched from Rhode island with much fanfare, Scout was lost at sea after completing 1,300 miles of her journey. The Kroova team was an integral part of the Scout project and went on to complete projects in the autonomous marine vehicle industry.

Kroova is a design, engineering, and prototyping team. We specialize in projects that integrate multiple engineering disciplines; composite, mechanical, electronics and software. We are primarily a service based company, offering solutions to complex engineering problems.

The Kroova team also plans to offer a number of low volume products to interested customers. These products are the result of the work we have done solving engineering problems, or are the results of personal projects that have helped hone our skills as an engineering team over the years.

The Kroova team consists of Daniel Flanigan, Max Kramers, and Dylan Rodriguez. These three team members work alongside an experienced team of advisers and work with their contacts in specialized areas of industry when needed.

Yellowbrick tracker map from Dan's recent transpacific delivery:

The Kroova team




Dan is an engineer with a passion for sailing and integrating engineering theory with practical hands on learning.

After graduating Bucknell University with a bachelors degree in civil/structural engineering, Dan went on to pursue a masters degree in yacht and small craft design from the University of Southampton in England. After sailing a Transatlantic race back to the USA, Dan worked for two years with Reichel Pugh Yacht Design (RP) as a structural engineer and naval architect. While there, Dan was fortunate to be able to draw upon the vast experience of RP to elevate his engineering and naval architecture skill set. Dan was the lead engineer on a 68 ft performance cruising yacht, and also provided engineering support on the RP130 "My Song" and the RP90 "All Smoke".

After his time at RP Dan went on become a founding partner of Kroova LLC. While not working on the latest engineering project or sailing Dan can be found climbing, skiing and hiking in the Eastern Sierra. 



Max is a mechanical engineer born and raised in Tiverton RI where he has spent countless hours on, in, and above the water. Whether it’s racing high performance sailboats or foiling around on a kiteboard, he is never far from the ocean.

Although many disciplines of engineering peak his interest, Max concentrates on the design and construction of composite structures. Known to have too many projects, a few of things he has designed and built include: foiling kiteboards/paddleboards, various A class catamaran components, SCOUT (autonomous boat), many RC planes and boats, a CNC router, and most recently a CNC filament winder.



While Dylan engages in a variety of projects, he specializes in embedded system development. Raised in Tiverton RI, Dylan has relocated to San Diego for work in the unmanned autonomous marine systems industry....and to be able to grill outdoors on any night of the year.

Making use of a wide set of design tools, Dylan is particularly interested in the potential for elegance in the implementation of electronic systems. This elegance may found in a particularly low power, small size solution, or one designed to tolerate harsh environments and make use of redundancies to guarantee device uptime.

Dylan enjoys a variety of activities and finds opportunities to create new electronic widgets everywhere, whether it be a suspension travel datalogger for his mountain bike, a massively bright red flashlight for night hikes in the forest, or a "Jack Sparrow" compass app that points to the nearest pub.


Rapid turn prototypes

Our investment in rapid prototyping tools and methods enables us to deliver prototypes quickly. From 3D printers to a CNC filament winder, CNC router, reflow oven, and a pick-and-place machine we continue to add new equipment to our growing shop.


Embedded software



Embedded systems


Passive Adaptive Composite Architecture

Dan's master's thesis on bend-twist coupling in composite foils

Our Office

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! 

Our Address is:

905 Diamond Street
San Diego, CA, 92109

Phone: 401-374-2637

Email: Dan@Kroova.com



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