Cockpit MAC, w/ touchpad

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

16 Responses

  1. Today Panbo is getting a lot of hits from a German blog entry titled “Mac mini sticht in die See”:
    http://www.macnews.de/news/102873.html

  2. Dan (b393capt) says:

    The translation, courtesy of Google, of the entry in the german web log referring to Panbo would be …
    Mac mini stings into the sea (e.g. is commented about over seas)
    There still one is to say, the Mac belongs in the living room! A Mac mini ensures on the boat of Bob Etter, boss of the boat lender Etap, for the correct course on high lake. In connection with a 15-Zoll-Display, the navigation software McENC and a water-steady Touchpad the Mac becomes the small navigation miracle. Pictures on the American naval Web log Panbo show the system in the employment. Thus nothing more should stand to the next sail turn in the way – presupposed, the Mac does not become seasick.
    —————–
    hmm … don’t think this translation is as good as it could be, although it appears clearly “american naval web log” is a compliment, and “Mac does not become seasick” is a concern.

  3. Thanks, bcapt! This entry also got on the Dutch site MacFreak:
    http://www.macfreak.nl/readnews.php?newsitem=5813
    Which translates (very roughly!) as:
    “Already different successful attempts have been done Mac build in mini in a car, but know at my for the first time Mac mini have now incorporated in a sail boat.
    There are three popular navigation parcels for OSX: PassagePlus, GPSNavX and MacEnc. This last has been now used in the mini built in in Etap 37.
    An impermeable posting and touchpad grasped in stainless steel complete whole. And now but hope that the accumulators have enough capacity….”
    At any rate, Panbo is definitely accumulating visitors…over 4,000 yesterday compared to a normal Saturday of about 1,250!

  4. Marcin says:

    Thats great!
    Why did you not use a touchscreen?

  5. The German site MacTechNews too:
    http://mactechnews.de/index.php?id=17778
    It was a Mac attack!

  6. Roy says:

    Do you have a source for trackpad in the USA?
    Thanks, Roy

  7. bobetter says:

    I contacted RDS in The UK and they were able to ship the touchpad directly to me.
    http://www.review-displays.co.uk/
    Bob

  8. Arwed Guenther says:

    Can anyone tell me, whether there are charts covering the european waters available for the macenc software? If so, I would be very greatful for according information.
    Arwed

  9. bobetter says:

    MacENC uses ENCs. For European waters, they are available from:
    http://www.chartworld.com/

  10. Homer says:

    Has anyone integrated radar into this setup? If so, which unit? Thanks.

  11. Mark Gibson says:

    Hopefully this comment will be noted by Bob Etter, the owner of the Mac Mini marine navigation setup. I am thinking along the same lines and was wondering: (a) How did you power the unit? I was thinking of using the Carnetix CNX-P1900 140 watt 12V DC-DC Regulator. (b) How has the unit stood up to the marine environment?

  12. Bob Etter says:

    I did use Carnetix power supplies. I have 2 in the system, 1 for the 2 monitors and 1 for the Mac, USB hard drive, GPS, AIS, and Sat phone. I used P2140’s as their current capacity gives me a big safety margin when the batteries get low and because there is some SW with which I can tweak them. The whole system has stood up to the marine environment just fine.

  13. Mark Gibson says:

    Thanks Bob.

  14. Black Friday marine monitor sale! Apparently Argonaut built too many 17- and 19-inch G7 LED monitors and is cutting prices deeply through Friday. All dealers are supposedly offering the $999.99 and $1,099.99 pricing, including Defender:
    http://search.defender.com/?expression=argonaut

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