Let me be the first to tell you to develop your butt off for the Mac marine
market. Please. I'm convinced that the Mac market could be very large in the boating
world with a few key pieces of software. Look at how cruisers use their computers
2. HF radio
(weatherfax, grib, email
3. Virus and spyware collection and enjoyment of misc. annoyances.
6. Web sites
7. DVD/TV/MP3 watching and listening
The first three are solidly in the domain of Windows right now, with one or two Navigation
programs for the Mac. 4,5 and 6 are very much Mac strong points - especially for people who don't want to spend a lot of time becoming overly geeky about it. The last two are probably equal among different systems, but I believe the Mac has some advantages with regard to hygiene and security
and sharing and connectivity with media.
So if inroads are made in #1 and 2, the Mac marine
market opens up tremendously.
That said, I am using VMware's Fusion to run Windows XP on the Mac and find that it flawlessly runs all Windows programs I've tried so far. Marine-wise, this includes Nobeltec
Visual Navigation, Tides and Currents, Mscan Meteo weather
fax, JVComm32 weather
fax and others that I can't remember right now.
Specifically, if you wrote a Mac driver for the Engenius EUB-362ext wireless adapter, I think you would make a lot of quick pocket money
. This is an exceptional adapter in wide use in the marine environment
but no one seems to be able to get it to work on the Mac.
I suggest also looking around the boating
web for good Windows shareware and other small, helpful programs for boating-related stuff and develop Mac versions.
For larger projects, a HF fax/navtex program like Mscan Meteo or JVComm would be very useful, but might require a lot of knowledge about HF radio
. There is a pretty decent navigation program for Macs (GPSNavX), so that field isn't as wide open.
Good luck, and I'm really cheering for you on this.