Spend enough time on the water, and the odds are excellent you’ll find yourself aboard for a less-than-lovely delivery trip. I remember one particularly hot, humid and utterly miserable ride down Long Island Sound following a Downeast cruise. A greasy horizon, 98-degree swelter and midday sun transformed my family’s J/44 into a sauna, while the vacuumlike “breeze” rendered her a horrendously slow powerboat. As our estimated time of arrival slowly ticked closer, I remember wishing that Southern Cross could have miraculously transported herself — sans crew — from Lubec, Maine, to her Stamford, Connecticut, mooring. Now, MAP Technologies is making this sunshine daydream a reality. The company’s MAP Pro system harnesses the global communications network, as well as a bevy of onboard sensors, instruments and integrated relay switches, to turn any auxiliary-powered vessel into an unmanned surface vessel (USV). MAP Pro doesn’t employ autonomous collision-avoidance systems or artificial intelligence, but instead relies on shore-based crew to stand watch. This system allows a yacht to be operated from anywhere and can convert back to manual-operations mode with just a few screen taps.