Panel a good fit for iPad

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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.’’

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