This simulator is designed to train you to dock your twin engine or single I/O power boat before you actually try it in the water! This is not a game, but a simulator. Thanks for all the feedback! We continuously update the simulator to make it an effective tool.
Click here to launch TheBoatDocker.com simulator.
We just finished a (Windows PC) downloadable version that runs independently from the internet. Click on the link below to download a .zip file to your favorite directory, unzip the file, and click on TheBoatDocker.exe.
Check out the new speedometer. It measures speed in knots. Please let us know if our calibration is correct.
Thanks to our friend Tomas, we have added some new hotkeys in addition to the old ones. Tomas said:
“Hi, I use a Mac computer so you could set the BOW thrust to (Q=left) and (W=right). Then STERN thrust could be (A=left) and (S=right).
I also found a very nice shareware program called “USB-overdrive” for Mac. With that I can set any key on my joystick to correspond to any keyboard key as desired. Might be of interest for other Mac users playing around with your sim.
Thanks for listening to me. Most appreciated that you help us out as you do.”
“We have kept all the old keys the same because I don’t want to confuse existing users, but we have added the following keys:
BOW thruster to (Q=left) and (W=right). (Hold down to activate.)
STERN thruster could be (A=left) and (S=right). (Hold down to activate.)
Left Shifter (Separate shifter/throttle) or Left Throttle/Shifter (Integrated shifter/throttle) (E = increase RPM) and (D = decrease RPM)
Return left shifter to neutral and RPM to 600 (Key C)
Right Shifter (Separate shifter/throttle) or Right Throttle/Shifter (Integrated shifter/throttle) (R = increase RPM) and (F = decrease RPM)
Return right shifter to neutral and RPM to 600 (Key V)
Right Throttle or (Throttle/Shifter combination) (T = increase RPM) and (G = decrease RPM)
Left Throttle (Separate shifter/throttle) (T=increase RPM) and (G = decrease RPM)
Right Throttle (Separate shifter/throttle) (Y=increase RPM) and (H = decrease RPM)
Rudder (U = CCW) and (I = CW)”
Thanks to Phil’s suggestions, we have added upgraded the wind and water instrumentation. There is now a wind gauge that attempts to emulate a commercial gauge. We added a water gauge (which in reality doesn’t exist) to control the water speed and direction.
The settings page still allows the user to choose a wind / water heading in 45 degree increments, while the left and right arrows next to the gauges allow five degree increments. The up and down arrows next to the gauges are used to change the wind / water speeds.
We appreciate your feedback!
Thanks to your feedback, we have restored a feature that previously existed in earlier versions. You can once again change the wind & water direction and amount in either the startup menu or on the fly in the simulator. When you are in the simulator, click on a small circles around the wind and water arrows to increase the amounts and to change the direction. Click on the center circle to decrease the amounts. Repeated clicks will increase/decrease the amounts.
You can now drag your mouse to move the throttles, shifters and rudder. Thanks to Dr. Greg for all the suggestions.