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Old 07-24-2010
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You didn't say where you sail and what kind of sailing you do (day-sailing cruising racing). But as far as I am concerned there is no option for a first choice. I recommend a chart-plotter. They are weather proof and pretty hardened for sailing. The PC/iPad options make plenty of sense as a backup or a 2nd item. Neither is waterproof and really intended for a cockpit use. While they might be fine for a nice sunny afternoon, I wonder about how they would be in a squall etc.

I sail the Chesapeake Bay and it has excellent wireless connection (my verizon cell works every place I have tried it, I don't know about ATT for the iPad).
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