View Poll Results: MP3Car.com now has a boat computer section

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  • Yes! I want a boat, and I want to put a computer in it.

    66 41.77%
  • Whatever dude. I donít have a boat, lets see how it works out.

    75 47.47%
  • I Hate it. I donít care about boats.

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Thread: Should Mp3car have a boats section?

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    Sure why, not...but i can see in the near future a section for every type of vehicle, whether it be a boat, 4-wheeler, bike, motorcycle, RV, and so on, so why not.....
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    its mp3car but i mean ne method of transportation can be hooked up with a computer maybe get an "other vehicules" section

    as the boats go i love boats most of them being made out of a fiberglass shell would prolly make a prettty sweet installation. EVen if you dont like boats you might want to do the same principal in your car (build a system that is very similar besides the waterproof speakers )

    go for it ; my 2 cents

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiberoptic
    I am getting a list goign of Marine specific issues:

    Brightness (look at your monitor on deck)
    Ultra low power (for sailing across an ocean and only having wind electricity generation)
    Dual monitors (Charting/Mapping/Productivity all on one computer)
    Shock - High speed boats
    Salt water corrosion problems
    Marine Navigation/Charting Software

    dont forget other inputs such as depth finders and the boat radios (forget hte name)

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    wow, i cant even imagine a harddrive withstanding all that shock. I think someone here will design a great shock absorber that doesnt introduce oscilation...i'm thinking gyro!
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    Yeah, we should rename the site transportationcar.com... erm, mp3transportaiondevice.com. mp3movingthings.com?

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    There are a lot of challenges to computing in a marine environment and there is a lot of interesting technology in use generally. Aside from the corrosion and vibration issues, reliability is key. If you lose your electronics, GPS and maps in a car you aren't going to have a collision or run off the road, but on a vessel you very well could. I think it would be very interesting to see some boat installs here, there are bound to be some ideas that have crossover application for our cars. Check out http://www.panbo.com/ for some marine electronics gadgetry.
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    Speaking of cross overs I was thinking of the same application that would go torwards a boat would work with offroad vehicles. And I mean that as in you actually take your offroad vehicle offroad and bounce it off rocks, crawl through mud, and hydrolock.... I mean water crossings.
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    In spirit of my other Family Guy troll-posts.

    "Hey Peter! Where's your boat!??!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLlama
    In spirit of my other Family Guy troll-posts.

    "Hey Peter! Where's your boat!??!"

    haha.. you are now my favorite mp3car.com member!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lifeboat
    If you lose your electronics, GPS and maps in a car you aren't going to have a collision or run off the road, but on a vessel you very well could.
    heh...i think your biggest concern should be why you are driving your boat on the road in the first place
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    Haha... Now the site will have to be renamed....

    mp3vehicles.com anyone?



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    I have done several computers in boats, Custom cases, laptops, & shuttle's. They are great. I typically install one pc with dual monitor capability. One goes to small touchscreen for control and one to a lcd tv. For navigation I have been using Navsim (navsim.com), it has autopilot add on software. I use western digital drives. Most installs are usually in offshore race/poker run boats. Two have been around florida for while.

    For navigation reliability, I dont think it is much different then a installed gps. The gps has just as good of a chance of failing. Also most still have a good ole fashion compass for backup. Basically if you lose all electronics your not moving anyway.

    As far as corrosion, I don't really think there are issues. Although if you mount the pc out in the cockpit and mount the monitor on a un-protected dash you would be asking for trouble. The only time you may see this is with direct salt water spray. I have yet to see any corrosion problems with smart installs.

    Vibration, has not been much of an issue either. My boat is a 30' offshore 97mph and run in lake MI (ruff) the first pc was a viewsonic tablet pc built into a wall in the cabin. The latest that survived last years beating is a epox motherboard from a shuttle pc. It has the audio and nvidia dual monitor video built in. It is in a custom aluminum case mounted in the cabin. I have a 10.4 ts mounted in the cabin door.

    Biggest problem is seeing the monitor if mounted on or in the dash is readability. Most people don't want to spend the money a nice monitor so we put them in the cabin. Some have a second on the dash but are only used at night. Although one of my installs has the monitor on the dash and always defaults to a music control scene after a few minutes. It has the screen divided in 4, volume up down & next and previous song. That way you dont have to see the screen when in the cockpit.

    I have been following the panel upgrade thread and will try that solution if the screen shots look good.

    Todd

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