Pi on a Boat


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Very cool setup and good video! Thanks for putting it together.
Thanks efrank. It's been a lot of work setting up the raspberry pi, but it's great to have this amazing technology working. I mostly solo and it's really changed how I sail my boat.
Somebody has to do it......:love:



Latest version of BBN OS include software for controlling drones. So if you have a drone (or a fleet of drones) you might be able to control them from the same BBN display.

The software included is APM Planner 2.0. See:

It supports MAVlink based autopilots including APM and PX4/Pixhawk:

  • Copters
  • Helicopters
  • Planes
  • VTOL/QuadPlanes
  • Rovers
  • Subs
  • Vehicles

List of supported drones:


Download at https://cloudsmith.io/~bbn-projects/repos/bbn-repo/packages/?q=lysmarine

Getting Started Guide: https://bareboat-necessities.github.io/my-bareboat/bareboat-os.html



Eighth Stable Release based on Bullseye (Long Term Support)

64-bit, Bullseye

  • Numerous pypilot setup fixes, permissions, IMU calibration
  • Documentation improvements
  • Regular OS updates
Download from:

Getting Started Guide: https://bareboat-necessities.github.io/my-bareboat/bareboat-os.html

Fair Winds!
This is awesome! I learned Circuit Python and 3d CAD and printing during Covid with the goal of instrumenting an RC sailboat. I also have the dream of instrumenting my full size boat and have an unobtainable Raspberry Pi 4 for it. I just haven't had a chance to start yet. I really appreciate your massive kickstart!
I really like the idea but rasp Pi's have gotten really expensive lately.
I thought I could run opencpn on an Android tv box instead of the pi, but I ran into some snags getting Linux onto it.
Before I got too involved in reflashing the android box, I tried loading navionics and other marine apps to see how that would work and I'm cautiously optimistic. Open plotter doesn't have free charts for Canadian waters (that I've seen) so navionics for Android is a pretty economical solution. I've spent 50 for the android, 24 for a gps dongle. I think I'll go for a 7" resistive touch screen for another 90 bucks or so.
Is anyone else doing this? Is there a reason why or why not?
Pypilot would be nice to have, but I would be okay with it just following a compass heading and not following a chart track

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