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post #33 of Old 02-11-2007
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Bit confused on Mac options

First - I have a Mac OSX (Intel) laptop, an Win XP Laptop and a "beater" Linux Laptop - since I'm a programmer. I like the Mac best and it seems like the Mac is pretty well supported.

I'm returning to sailing after a 9 year break and am outfitting a new boat...

So - reading all this great information - I'm confused on a few things:

1) What's the difference between GPSNavX and MacEnc?

2) I can't figure out if these come with the charts I need or if I need to order MapTech charts like these

3) Is doing this stuff on a Mac just a headache? Should I just go with the PC?

4) I do mostly single-handed sailing and use radar alarms to get some sleep while off shore. Can I hook this into my mac (i.e. the radar display)? Or is that still PC only?

Since it would be nice to have this stuff on deck what are the best options for a basic chart/radar display on deck? I don't need a huge screen or anything, and reusing any software would be a huge plus. Can I get data off a system like this onto a laptop (to record where I went, etc.)? Suggestions?
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