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Computer/Software for NMEA link?
My instruments (Raymarine wind, speed, depth, autohelm, Garmin GPSMap640) are wired to an RS232 connector at the nav station, but the old laptop used with Garmin software has died. What might you suggest for a new computer and software that would allow me to have a below deck repeater of the instrument readouts?
I plan to add AIS this winter, as well, which ties into the new Garmin 640. Would software be around for charts, position and AIS at the nav station too?
Repeaters from Raymarine are pricey, so I hope to stay below their $600 cost for the computer and software.
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