Panel a good fit for iPad
A family business launched what could be a world first at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
Apple’s iPad’s release has resulted in an innovative approach by Outback Marine.
It has designed and built a dashboard panel to integrate the tablet computer into the boat.
Boaties can choose to have it built into the dash of the ship, or buy a separate mount.
Outback Marine director Gary Pacey said it did more than let people check their email or play music.
‘‘It’s not a primary navigation system but if the power went out for the main navigation, the same charts on the main product are on the iPad,’’ he said.
Mr Pacey said he came up with the idea soon after the iPad concept was announced.
‘‘I thought ‘that’s a lowcost device, wouldn’t that be nice if it went on a dash panel’,’’ he said.
A friend brought one back from a holiday in the USA for Mr Pacey to work with.
There had been a strong reaction from customers so far but not too many buyers.
A generic dash panel mount for the iPad will cost $245, but to have it integrated into the dash Outback Marine has to come out and quote.
Mr Pacey said it was his 12th time at the Gold Coast boat show and signs were positive.
‘‘The recession is not over, but there is strong evidence the economy is recovering,’’ he said.
‘‘People are talking about spending money and refurbishing their boats.
‘‘We probably picked up six or seven big projects that means weeks and weeks of work per project and good revenue.’’