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Old 02-08-2018, 07:54 AM
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Looking to brainstorm any capabilities anyone foresees with regards to technology and boating. I am open to anything you guys suggest, what would you like to see in the future?

I think it is a great market due to most people in the boating world aren't hard pressed for cash, or else they wouldn't have a boat to begin with.

Currently thinking of mobile device related; an item that you can use to start your boat, track your boat, house music/data/photos/files, integrate with camera's gps, phone/VHF. Everything. The code is out there, just need to centralize it and make the device prototype. (Or an app?)The two major road blocks I see are making it waterproof, shock proof, and have a large battery life but not large in size.
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That should be available in an app. Good use case to create one but the limiting factor will be data coverage. Data usually drops out before phone calls offshore but probably 90% of the market is nearshore or on lakes.

Other ideas for technology needs could be a 2 speed gear case and/or a variable pitch prop option for outboards. That would be a big tech leap for the outboard market.
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That should be available in an app. Good use case to create one but the limiting factor will be data coverage. Data usually drops out before phone calls offshore but probably 90% of the market is nearshore or on lakes.

Other ideas for technology needs could be a 2 speed gear case and/or a variable pitch prop option for outboards. That would be a big tech leap for the outboard market.
Gearcase has existed.... But now extinct.

Variable pitch prop probably still around.

Had one in the 90's on a sea ray with a 150 XR6 merc that we used for skiing. Made a bump on pitch change.
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That should be available in an app. Good use case to create one but the limiting factor will be data coverage. Data usually drops out before phone calls offshore but probably 90% of the market is nearshore or on lakes.
Problem I found when using my boat offshore with a $10k fish finder was how hard it was to use the touch screen in any sort of chop or at speed. Trying to change mapping direction or zoom out was a PITA with garmin, I was thinking if it had a control stand alone that was like a phone would be easier to zoom in and out while at speed. Couldn't data sync with satellite internet? How do big cruise ships etc get wifi off shore? Things I will research.

Any other ideas anyone?
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I think the trolling motor is the biggest gadget out there. making it have more capabilities and maybe autonomous features. like following birds on radar or following a bouy transponder you can throw into a kelp paddie or weedline or following a divers bouy, swimmers can wear a smartwatch and the boat will follow them as they do a lazy river on blowup rafts.
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Who would buy a raft that "blows up"?
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progress on storage of gasoline

a "mold repellant" to spray on upholstery at end of season

better owners manuals -my 18.8 sea hunt manual is poor

banning of plastic thru hull pipes below water line

some industry agreement on how big the trailer should be- as in, how much boat stern overhang past the end of the trailer bunk is ok, and in turn how much can boat trailer bunks hang over the end of the trailer's last (usually metal) cross beam? and how close to max loaded boat weight should
the trailer tires be rated for?

more data from the manufacturers on boat performance with different size/pitch props. it is hard for the buyer to collect this info

deck access "ports" that dont leak, like over the fuel tank

list given to you at purchase of the manufacturer name and model of fitting and parts used on a boat. hinges, fuel tank hose deck cap for example

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Fish finding drones ... good ones that aren't 10K ...

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A blue tooth Airimar transducer. Add some Navioncs software a GPS receiver and there you have it no need for and over priced Multifuntion machine from Garmin Furumo simrad all you would need is tablet OS or Android.
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Pretty sure everything you mentioned is available today. But you left out auto-docking.
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How about a boat that senses fish fibration specific to a species so the boat just finds the fish for you

All joking aside very cool idea for a thread.
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Autonomous boats. You can leave the driving to the machine....and focus on partying. Forget about no Wake or Manatee Zones. Congested boat traffic...no problem. Autonoboat has it under control. Marine Patrol stopping you for a DUI check...no problem, Autonoboat is the Captain at the helm.
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I boat to get away from technology.
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[I]We know what happens when these gas cans get hot. They almost burst on their own. And here's what happens when they get cold. I've had had 2 spring leaks at the seams. This one may as well be trashed too. Flat out dangerous because they won't vent.

in reference to post 7.
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[I]We know what happens when these gas cans get hot. They almost burst on their own. And here's what happens when they get cold. I've had had 2 spring leaks at the seams. This one may as well be trashed too. Flat out dangerous because they won't vent.

in reference to post 7.
Another unnecessary inconvenience which ruined something that worked perfectly for millions of years, from the incomparable geniuses in California.

Mine looked exactly the same last night...freaking stupid.
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Originally Posted by bayfisher92 View Post
Problem I found when using my boat offshore with a $10k fish finder was how hard it was to use the touch screen in any sort of chop or at speed. Trying to change mapping direction or zoom out was a PITA with garmin, I was thinking if it had a control stand alone that was like a phone would be easier to zoom in and out while at speed. Couldn't data sync with satellite internet? How do big cruise ships etc get wifi off shore? Things I will research.

Any other ideas anyone?
I have a WiFi adapter on my Garmin network and I can pull up and mirror screens on my IPad or phone. I can also adjust auto pilot and just about anything else, including the stereo.
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How about a system where a select number of fisherman could bring their catch to one single location where anyone could purchase the fish of their choice... can you imagine how much money we could save on fishing gear, fuel, insurance.... no more boat payments.... free weekends to spend with the in laws...
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Standardized Marine touchscreens that interface with Chartplotter/fish finder black boxes. We should not be changing out whole units, cutting new holes in our consoles. Touchscreen sizes should be standardized, like computer monitors. When we want to upgrade to the latest greatest Chartplotter/Fishfinder we should just by the "black box" and plug it into our touchscreen (or connect wireless). Basically the same construct as a home computer.

Look at the price delta in mfd's by screen size. Same functionality, different screen size... Huge price delta.
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Underwater capeable GPS for diving.
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I would like a mapping GPS/FF that has a heads up display that can be moved to different places on your windshield. If I am just cruising and not worried about depth I would dock the window in an upper corner of the windshield, shallow water or looking for fish I would like it centered on the lower part of the windshield.

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