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post #39 of Old 03-10-2012
Stu Jackson
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Re: Laptop as a Chart Plotter

Originally Posted by brokesailor View Post
I have a "A" Series Raymarine Chartplotter in the cockpit with Raymarine Instrumentation and the Raymarine Class B AIS. I would like to also setup a Navigation Computer at the Nav Station with possibly MaxSea Nav software. How do I connect the computer to the NMEA 0183 network? Or am I better off just connecting the laptop to an independent handheld GPS?

You have to decide whether or not you want independent systems which would provide you backup or whether you want an integrated system.

$37 will buy you a BU-353 GPS puck for your laptop software, don't know how you'd integrate the AIS, though.

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