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post #30 of Old 01-23-2007
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Wink 'Marine' hardware for marine duty

Originally Posted by camaraderie
My PC screen is completely unreadable in bright sunlight. Are the Toughbooks different or is that why the Raymarine screens are so expensive (other than the "marine" part! ????
Cam - While I fully agree the 'marine' name tag is $$ abused there is a big difference when it comes to use at the helm. I don't remember what the 'standard #' is that is stamped on 'outside' electronics cases but it keeps the water out of the cases and connections. When I self delivered my NC from Annapolis to RI I picked up a stand alone Raymarine chartplotter to have at the helm (paper also of course). I simply tied it to a stay at the helm and ran the DC through a protected window. Going up L.I. Sound against the wind into steep tide/opposing wind generated waves at 6 kts it was raining salt water from the rigging for 6 hours. I wished the sunlight viewable little screen had windshield wipers because I had to keep wiping off the salt water to see it. That was over a year ago with no problems. Try that with a PC screen

'Christy Leigh'
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Wickford/Narragansett Bay RI

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