One of my friends who is out cruising noted that when their boat was broken into in the really undeveloped areas, the computers and other high-tech stuff was left mostly alone... they don't really have much of a resale market there. In the semi-developed areas, the laptops seem to be more of a target... however, IMHO, the hardware is still the most easily replaceable part of the computer setup.
If your laptop is the sole method you have of communicating and getting navigation, weather and other passage related information, you're probably doing something wrong.
That's only assuming you're in the US or other techno-developed location!
I thought hardware would be the easy part too, which is why I posted the suggestion about double backups early in this thread. However, it may not be that simple, depending on where you're cruising. If you're (for example) on one of the smaller less developed islands - which may still have bad people! - it may not be as easy to replace your hardware as going to the nearest BestBuy in the U.S. In fact, if you're depending on your laptop for communications, navigation, weather forecasts ... you may miss the piece of hardware even more urgently than the photos, music, and whatever data.
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