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    Carputer fishfinders?

    well ive been at it for quite a while now and im kinda stumped... I want a fishfinder but i want a boatputer too... I want a fishfinder addon to my boatputer.


    This is realy the only hardware that plugs into a computer that i could find.

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    http://www.cruzpro.com/pcff20.html
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    Does any one elce have any suggestions or a fish finder they want to sell me?
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    imho there is only fish repellers with big power amps, giant subs etc

    why not immerge some neon lights i'm pretty sure fish would join the party

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    thanks for the constructive input, NO realy you have been a Huge! help, where do you do your stand up full time, i would like to come watch...

    You are the man, like totaly... ... ... o_O ...Right...


    So dose any one else have anything else that might help? well besides for neon light or course, more sonar/fishfinder ish...
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    lol, ok, why not attempt to give a try to some waterproof ultra sonic devices like those used for cars with the help of a micro controller ?
    I saw some of them that can be totally immerged in liquids, this could be a starting point for a DIY stuff...well at least it's cheap and you would have the satisfaction to had done it yourself ?

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    hmm thats something to think about, from what i herd and what i remember from years ado you can just take a normal speaker emmerse it in the water and take a multi directional microphone and dit it and that will work the same way, but i think that the software will be the big problem, all of that does me no good if i cant read it right, but thanks i will look up diy sonar devices maybe someone has already done it in like the 80's or something... beter then starting from scratch right...


    although i think that if there was a product out there that went for ~$300 i would probable buy that insted of making it for $100, but there doesnt seem to be such a big demand for this sort of thing.
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    Ultrasonic waves are running fine in water the only issue is distance or the cone representing the range limitation.

    You can find transducers devices able to make measures up to 6 meters in atmosphere, Water is conducting sounds far better than in air that's why i suggested this alternate solution to the completely built devices.
    It's not a matter of the 80's or even the 40's with first sonars, today there is not really other solution apart ultrasounds.

    I think you can easy find a PCB on the net, buy some component assemble them and try.

    The only program you should have to write i.e. using VB would be a bit of code to gather information coming from micro-controller on the serial port or usb port and display it in fancy mode on the screen.

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    Have a look on the Garmin produtcs it seems that they have interface cables for their fishfinders

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    Cool Depthsounder

    Hi there.
    I have had a boat computer for a coupple years now and I am very pleased with it. Cruzpro have a depthsounder that you can hook directly into your pc (RS232). See www.cruzpro.com/activea.gif , it will allso give you the water temperature. For software I use Boatcruicer 2.0 from Navsim.
    I run my boatpc in a 33" Power Boat and the only problem I`ve had is that the harddrives dont like the shocks they get when driving fast in rough seas. The pc shuts down or freeze so I had to boot it up again. This spring I installed a 2.5" IDE flash "disk" from Trancend (8Gb) so that problem is now solved.
    Good luck with your prodject.

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    I went to the Navsim website and i dont see a fish finder feture, is it like a depth finder?, where it shows blis in depth where the fish are?
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    I have worked on boats that have a "smart Transducer"

    not sure where they got them but they have a 12vdc in put lines and data out lines for 232 to connect to your pc.

    or find a real cheap fishfinder with data out and connect that to the pc that might be the cheapest way.

    I think Gehag has the best solution though.

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