BoatPlay Is the Most Unexpected Version of CarPlay

CarPlay is without a doubt a helpful system for everyone when getting behind the wheel, but as it turns out, Apple’s system isn’t necessarily limited to cars.
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As someone on reddit proves, CarPlay can feel like home on a boat as well, as long as the proper head unit is being used.

This is actually what’s powering the whole thing: an aftermarket head unit that comes with support for Apple’s CarPlay. So the only thing the boat owner has to do is just plug their iPhone, and CarPlay then launches on the screen of the boat.

As they explain, the cheapest head unit at Walmart was used, so it cost only $167 – as a matter of fact, if your car can fit a 7-inch double DIN head unit, this model can be the right upgrade for you also.

This model comes with support for both CarPlay and Android Auto, so if you own an Android phone, your boat could run Google’s in-car system as well. Bluetooth is also offered if you want to answer calls without the need for a wired connection.

Getting back to BoatPlay, the owner says everything is working just like in a car, although I’m pretty sure navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze are pretty much useless here. Of course, music apps like Spotify are the ones that come in much handier, especially if you want to stream music to the boat’s speakers.

Everything works. Even the ‘Your car has been parked’ location notification when I dock and turn off the boat,” the owner explains.

The bigger challenge, however, is to make the head unit water resistant, and this is one thing the owner admits they need to further improve. This shouldn’t be too difficult to do because building a case for the head unit can be done using a 3D printer or by simply adapting another accessory.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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