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Old 12-11-2003, 05:17 PM
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I dunno, maybe passive sonar with a transducer that only listens and so has unlimited range? How about 3-D radar that shows a water surface and all the objects on it like little chessmen? Smart screen navigation where you trace a route with your finger on a 3-D screen and the auto pilot takes over and follows your course, and contols the engine speed relative to sea state as well? What do you see comming up? How about full duplex radio with vastly improved range and clairity along with a lot more channels?

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Old 12-11-2003, 05:55 PM
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"Beam me over to the nearest grander Blue Marlin, Scotty!"

Does not sound nearly as strange as it did when first heard in the sixties, does it?

Remember that suitcase sized, eight "D" cell, radio direction finder, the one that took you maybe 10 minutes to get a fix (+ or - 3 miles or so)by twisting the dial on top and comparing to a 20 year old chart? I do.

A cheap compass and a timex was what we thought was High-Tech.

Now even us 'small boats' have GPS and RADAR and SONAR and DSC radio.

The only limiting factor seems to be...MONEY!

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Old 12-11-2003, 06:21 PM
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Touch screens.



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How about navigation systems and "Air traffic control" like airplanes have? You could do Instrument boating!

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Old 12-12-2003, 07:03 AM
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how about a magic fishing pole?
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I was thinking along the same line as sloopy, How about smart harbors, where there would be several radars in strategic locations that all boaters could tune into and display on their own an board screens. Also, how about putting a transponder on every bouy that could communicate with a on board reciever etc etc.

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How about AIS?

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/enav/ais/default.htm
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I really like that one - transponders on buoys. It could transmit its location as a beacon (well, with a guard zone around it) that you could lock onto with your GPS, or even radio connected to a GPS to automatically display the location on the screen. Wouldn't matter that it was or wasn't on an electronic chart, it would overlay on the screen even on a simple trackplotter. So maybe you could call up a list of all those within range, select the one you wanted, and navigate (possibly with an auto pilot) to that location.

Another thing that occured to me would be transponders for our boats, so we could squawk (if we elected to turn it on - no manditory stuff here) our identity and location, maybe even conditon, at all times. Maybe something like a smart radar reflector so that it also enhanced our ability to be seen by larger vessels.

Anyway I really did like the bouy idea.

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Old 12-12-2003, 09:39 AM
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I would think dash gauges as well as multiple electronic instruments around the dash will be a thing of the past, one central flat screen, user configurable for data windows all tied into the engine/s computer and electronic sensors. Not far from it now, diesel companies have been doing it and now you see the, radar, chart plotter, etc on one, now they just need to merg the two. Should be cheaper since it could be run by fiberoptics thus reducing all the wiring time. 10-15 years out??
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There are day's when we just cant find the fish, or we get only one and there gone. How about a very small transmiter we could clip on the fish, then watch it on our GPS, even better have your autopilot track the fish right to where they are all hanging out? The Future is Bright!

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I think most of the stuff mentionned here is actually available technology. It just hasnt been combined and packaged for this application yet.

As Y-Knot suggested, the only limiting factor will be money.
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I believe you can already get the "On-Star" communication system with some Genmar boats. I'm sure EPIRBs will be a thing of the past when we have instant satelite communication at the touch of a button and the operator already knows your position as well as the health of your engines, hull, and electronics.
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If you look at other industries, the innovation and the big money made is based on where the complaints are. The owner of the company I work for said once. "Get 3 people together and they could come up with a thousand good ideas, but just because you can, does not mean you should.". "Where there are complaints, there is money". I have used that advice many times. (Im an Engineer). You may find that the innovation will stem from where we all have problems. I think that is how GPS chart plotters & Fishfinders came from. Many people before those I'm sure complained about "I don't know where I am" and "I can't find any fish". Well ok, maybe they still say that but those 2 devices shure help alot.
So, what do you complain about many times during the year, that you think someone could design something that will help (and maybe you'd pay for it)
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Verry Good Point!

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Forget about "finding the fish". How about TALKING to the fish!!! Talk into a microphone attached to your FF, it converts you language into "fishtalk" and transmits it.

Something like:
"DUDE, where in the hell are ya?"

"Here fishy fishy, I hvae some fish nips!!"

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I bought the plans from Commander Data for a Holodeck.
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first time i ever went snapper fishing was with an old fellow that used a sextant and a stop watch to find his wrecks. he was very good at it too.
i never used a sextant but i guess you would have to have decent visibility to find something. first loran i used was the loran "A" that wasn't very accurate.
then came loran "C", alot better. now gps thats very accurate.
they have come this far since i started fishing and i ain't even over the hill yet.

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Volvo Penta already has "On Star" for boats. I can't remember the name of the service, but while my GB was on the assembly line, GB launched their 34' model. They sent me Volvo's URL and a username/password so I could track the vessel's position and all it's systems status real time. Imagine "checking in with your boat while you are at a PC somewhere *or* your loved ones being able to see where you are on the globe alonge with the boats systems status while you are at sea....very cool.

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quote:Originally posted by St. Pete Bob:
Volvo Penta already has "On Star" for boats. I can't remember the name of the service, but while my GB was on the assembly line, GB launched their 34' model. They sent me Volvo's URL and a username/password so I could track the vessel's position and all it's systems status real time. Imagine "checking in with your boat while you are at a PC somewhere *or* your loved ones being able to see where you are on the globe alonge with the boats systems status while you are at sea....very cool.

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Now THAT makes sence
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I'm an IT guy, so my bet would be that all devices will be going wireless.

Using Bluetooth, 802.11g or some other 2.4 GHz technology there would be no need to have nasty cables connecting your different electronic components.
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