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Re: NOAA To Stop Printing Nautical Charts
A few years ago I was docked next to a Canadian flagged boat that had a large lcd or led screen mounted in the cabin bulkhead to display charts. Should have asked the guy more about it. I don't believe it was a touchscreen. It may not have been waterproof but it was surely much larger, probably 20" or so, than most common plotters. One option that does not seem to be available on plotters (at least those available to us mortals) is the ability to attach a large, remote touchscreen. It would be nice to be able to clearly see more of the big picture without having to constantly zoom in and out on a 5-10" micro-screen.
I've run boats with overlarge displays, they're very nice... Just make sure you have a large enough towel or blanket aboard to drape over them at night, if you want to be able to see anything outside of the boat... :-)
The late Mike Harker had such an arrangement on his Hunter 49 WANDERLUST... I imagine keeping it on all the time definitely required some amps...
I had the pleasure of meeting Mike in Miami years ago, an extraordinary guy... To the best of my knowledge, he never carried any paper charts aboard WANDERLUST...
Last edited by JonEisberg; 10-26-2013 at 03:20 PM.