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Old 11-01-2014, 01:11 PM   #61
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I thought I wanted nothing, but as I read these lists...

A whole new paint scheme works probably be number one, because it's so expensive, I would never pay that much for a non-functional item.

Having friends on board to catch tuna occasionally would also be nice and I already have the tuna door!
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Old 11-01-2014, 02:31 PM   #62
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Old 11-01-2014, 03:04 PM   #63
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Well i was going to say a new remote that would work on either TV. That seems too small now.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:05 PM   #64
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I thought I wanted nothing, but as I read these lists...

A whole new paint scheme works probably be number one, because it's so expensive, I would never pay that much for a non-functional item.

Having friends on board to catch tuna occasionally would also be nice and I already have the tuna door!
Actually Dick, that was one thing we did extend ourselves to - over an autopilot in fact - and I have to say, in retrospect, it was probably one of the best things we did. Especially now we have just placed the boat on the market. The new-looking shiny hull, which looks even better than new gelcoat, was indeed well worth the $8k it cost.
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For me if I could wave a magic wand AIS for sure. Or maybe a full tank of fuel...does that count as a gadget?
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:45 AM   #66
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:36 AM   #67
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CD disk changer added to stereo

FWIW, we ripped our CDs to an MP3 player. 500 CDs (so far) in approx. the size of a smartphone. And then I can play the tunes through the bridge stereo, or the saloon stereo, depending.

A bit time-intensive, but we just did a few (20x or so) at a time... Still have maybe 40-50 to go..

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Old 11-02-2014, 07:38 AM   #68
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A new helm girl to push the auto pilot button.....

But I do not think the Admiral would be pleased...

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Old 11-02-2014, 08:04 AM   #69
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FWIW, we ripped our CDs to an MP3 player. 500 CDs (so far) in approx. the size of a smartphone. And then I can play the tunes through the bridge stereo, or the saloon stereo, depending.

A bit time-intensive, but we just did a few (20x or so) at a time... Still have maybe 40-50 to go..

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Really good idea, I like it. Will look into that this week

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Old 11-02-2014, 08:48 AM   #70
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FWIW, we ripped our CDs to an MP3 player. 500 CDs (so far) in approx. the size of a smartphone. And then I can play the tunes through the bridge stereo, or the saloon stereo, depending.

A bit time-intensive, but we just did a few (20x or so) at a time... Still have maybe 40-50 to go..

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For under $100 I replaced my CD/Stereo with one that accepts SD cards and USB drives. Several CDs can be recorded on either. They take up far less space and there's no mechanical drive to break or rust.
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:42 AM   #71
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Really good idea, I like it. Will look into that this week

Thanks

Yep, also has the advantage of being playable through the home stereo system, either car, etc. In fact, wife's car has a built-in function for it, so we got a separate player for her and she just leaves it in there all the time... and can select albums/songs/artists/whatever from the car's built-in audio display.

That's similar to on the boat, where at least our system on the bridge will allow control of the player from the stereo's display, given input via the player's proprietary connection port to a USB end.

Our older stereos (saloon, my car, home)... well, a mini-stereo cable works from the player's earphone jack easily enough, just have to control the player from the player's own display, rather than from the stereo system.

Our players happen to be iPod Classics, controlled by iTunes on one of our main computers... but I expect many brands/models can work...

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Old 11-02-2014, 10:46 AM   #72
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FWIW, we ripped our CDs to an MP3 player. 500 CDs (so far) in approx. the size of a smartphone. And then I can play the tunes through the bridge stereo, or the saloon stereo, depending.
I did this as well. The only problem I have is that my stereo (older but does have a USB outlet) doesn't seem to play all the selections. It probably gives me a couple gigs of music and then repeats.

Yes, I have tried random and also with Random off. It still doesn't seem to work. But it's still lots better than having a stack of CDs aboard. I have used Thumb drives, SIM cards and even a spare SATA drive with the music. None play all for some reason.

So I swap out the music on flash drives and call it good. It works and that's what is important to me. I think I'm in love with Dean Martin. (sigh)
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:51 AM   #73
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For under $100 I replaced my CD/Stereo with one that accepts SD cards and USB drives. Several CDs can be recorded on either. They take up far less space and there's no mechanical drive to break or rust.
Ron: The reason I have my stereo is a guy was throwing it away. The problem was he'd bought a car radio with a place to plug in his iPod. What happened was that outlet eventually gave up the ghost. He upgraded to a new one.

To solve that problem (or prevent another) I opted to use an USB extension. That way I can plug and unplug at will with that thing without worrying about the connection at the radio.
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:52 PM   #74
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We went with a TuneLink Bluetooth adapter on both our home and boat stereos with iPod and android device interface to give us wireless access to our private music library on mp3 and internet music via Pandora or similar.

Love the flexibility and variety it provides. Plus, no need for a major replacement of older components to gain the BlueTooth capability.

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Yep. Bluetooth is the way to go. all of my music is on my phone. Bluetooth it to the stereo and there you go. Y'all are carrying around way too much hardware...
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:35 PM   #76
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Oh and my stereo has an internal iPod dock. I play off of that...dedicated iPod to boat...and then use the Bluetooth for things like Pandora.

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When the old Sony radio/cd player that was on our boat died we replaced it with a car stereo for AM/FM and then bought a Boze Sound Dock for the boat. All our music--- from our big collection of CDs and my even bigger collection of vinyl going back through the 1970s, plus the music we are always pulling in from iTunes-- is on our iPods (we used a USB converter on one of our turntables to digitize the records). The Boze can be used anywhere inside or outside the boat, and has fabulous sound.
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Yep. Bluetooth is the way to go. all of my music is on my phone. Bluetooth it to the stereo and there you go. Y'all are carrying around way too much hardware...
John, do you mean I will not need to carry my Victrola?
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Wifey B: Funny, we had all these CD's we no longer used, but we just got a Juke Box for our recreation room and it uses them.
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