the funny thing is 2600.00 is pretty much on par or better than other pricing in this area. And yeah- the 10.4 inch looks pretty tight so I think it would fit in the space I have.
But this sort of brings me back to why i thought about doing this project- At these prices I could by two or three or even four replacement transreflective touch lcds for the same price as these "ruggedized" monitors at the going prices. - Although that 10.4 inch 1100.00 model is pretty intrigueing. I'll be interested to see what semi-rugged means. water tight but don't give it a beating? Give it a beating but no watertight? My boat has a pretty smooth ride so it just needs really to be able to resist salt water, sunlight, and beer. :)
edit- I guess an important concern is reliability since this will be a water navigation aid, but what self respecting captain wouldn't have paper charts handy as a standby?
Ok I heard back from autonode.com about their monitors. They look great and definitely will do the job but nothing came in under 2600 bucks.
I also did some other research and found waterproof monitors for as low as 1500.00, however they were housed in big obnoxious boxes. yech.
So I ordered one of the transreflective screens this morning. They come fully assembled now instead of as an open kit so I don't have to worry about breaking it while testing it out.
The fun part will be creating the waterproof housing- Stay tuned.
See original post for update.
to big kahuana guy
I am a little bit ahead of you ... but we are both on the same track. boater not car. congrads ...
whether you know it or not you have made a sound decision to go this seaclear route and not the blue water screen of death from garmin. blue water is RECALLED indefinatly. what over priced crapp
NOAA MAPS ARE THE ONLY LEGAL MAP FOR NAVIGATION IN THE US AND TERRITORIAL WATERS
here is where i am . sea clear with all the maps. you can also use google earth pictures and use the map cal app to add them in as alternate or prefered maps.
i found the cd of the maps on ebay for 5 bucks, put all maps in one directory.
make sure you get the comdisable.msi from microsoft. this keeps that fookin rat ball mouse trash that microsoft just has to support (egotists) from showing up.
i have a usb 2 hub on a 30 foot cord to a itx pc buried in the boat somewhere. a garmin 5 gps on a serial cable. all off of 12 volts. a nav station in the galley area with a 12 volt monitor and roll up key board(propalactic) a pen mouse .
on the deck at the tiller i have a sunlight touch screen i got from logic supply.
which is about where you are. kudos. if not further.
here is what i also did. i am a control engineer. so ...
my engine and drive system is under full etronic control. i use hydraulics instead of transmissions and so forth so a spool valve and pressure controler is a snap.
i actually used the PWM servos they use in R/C planes for the choke and throttle. (hobby engineering .com for the microprocessor controller. ) NOTE ONLY USE WIRE WOUND POTS for interfaceing and control never use thin film slide or turn pots. wire wound only. for critical marine applications
also a compass sensor board usb from sparkfun.com. i also have a wind speed and direction detector. usb as well.
i also have a sparkfun weather station pressure humidity temp and sunlight measurments. usb.
all engine sensors are hooked up to the system as well as the normal gauges. i also have a digital amp gauge.
i have a few extras on the chesapeake bay thunderstorms can appear almost out of no where. i have a lightening detector with alert..
the PC IMPORTANT. a hard drive will do ok but it can be replaced with a Solid state drive. i have the kingston SSD v5 65 gig. 160 from CDW.
the whole thing uses 9 watts and boots win XP in 4 seconds using the new intel atom processor from logic supply (69$)
a world wide tide current app is also available called WXTIDE. it is awsome and if you can program you can integrate it well with the seaclear application.
even by itself it is great to have. WX has another cool extra, the watch bell sounds play every 30 min.
and last but not least i have my humminbird tied in as well. it tells me the depth and randomly names fishes. sailing can be boring at times waiting for the big fan to start.
i also have a program called C3P0 ( i know i know) it uses Carrier phase precise positioning to get 2 mm accuracy. this is used to measure anchor drift.
toss in a dvd/cd player and a usb radio or usb sat receiver and your good to sit at the dock.
total cost $500 or so. the most expensive single component is the SSD followed by the weather station.
i can pilot and sail the boat from the stateroom or the bar using the video cameras i added. cheap web cams.
NEXT to add a FUBUTA R/C Trans Rec so i can send the boat to the fuel dock by it's self while i sit at the bar.
Totally impossible. You can't even get a sunlight readable touchscreen for that, let alone a mini itx computer and SSD.
Originally Posted by skipberne
Specifically what monitor did you get to use at the tiller?
seaclear boat stuff
I got a busted nuvi and redid the screen. really less that 500, the itx was 79$ (logic supply) the ssd was 140 (CDW)
Did you look at the avionicslcd monitors, some topping 1500nit?
Shiver me timbers
Well Skip, I didn't believe it was possible for $500, but I believe you now. Wow! Good job mate!If only I could score a similar steal! Those monitors are sOoOOO expensive new.
the monitor display suggestion is an excellent one. oh i forgot to add....
well i redid the drive system for the boat with hydraulics. pump motor, electric power controls and also a tiller servo. so now when it is really raining and i have to motor, i can run the whole thing from the galley. 360 video and with nighttime low lux cameras.
What busted Nuvi did you get and any details on how you redit it?
Originally Posted by skipberne