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Old 09-12-2017, 04:14 PM   #21
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There are also simulators like pilot simulators. They're used in many schools. Transas is one of the leading providers of them. Now, obviously very expensive but here are some of their simulators.

Transas - Maritime Simulation & Training
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The simulator would have to include ten people on the dock all yelling different directions to you when you're drifting sideways.
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The simulator would have to include ten people on the dock all yelling different directions to you when you're drifting sideways.
Wifey B: How about an instructor trying to distract you? That's all we had. Plus the things he can do with the system. Sure hope never to be in the conditions he put us through.
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Actually... There are several available when you Google for 'em:

Welcome to The Boat Docker The Boat Docker
Games : BoatUS Foundation
Boating Safety Virtual Trainer, Virtual Driver Interactive
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/park...799348306?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ktheboat&hl=en
Dock a boat at the pier, train harbor maneuvers: Here's an app for that. - Hafenskipper

The obvious issue with these is the realistic interface. I certainly am all too capable of mixing throttle and shifter; or revving an engine that's not in gear; happily not yet putting an engine in gear that's already revved. Mentally spazzing.
All interesting, but hardly simulators. We need something between the one Band B mentions and this.

Something in the $1000 range, that could be built into a PC, similar the the low end flight simulators out there. Would need a 180 visual and "boat" controls.

After thinking about it, it probably wouldn't be feasible. To get "realism" you'd really need a 360 visual and controls, and bet that would be in the $25K range and no one would buy it.
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