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post #6 of Old 12-19-2004
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GPS & Computer

Fernando:

"BTW, has anybody ever considered a standard desktop computer, with a flat screen."

These days it''s not uncommon to find desktop systems being used on both sailboats and powerboats. For those of us who take boats longer distances, the issues seem to be adequate ventilation (vs. the little cubby where the unit tends to be mounted), the salt-laden air that will be constantly pumped thru the the unit and across all the boards (laptop fans push much smaller volumes of air and so contamination is less), and the total power requirement demanded by the machine vs. the power budget that exists on the boat. Or at least those are the issues that I am mulling over.

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