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Val - here's what I use http://www.usglobalsat.com/p-62-bu-353.aspx
It's inside the cabin at the nav station, and has worked excellently. With a steel boat though, you may need the bulkhead mounted unit.

I use the Fugawi ENC program, which displays both raster and vector charts.

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Here is a 'hockey puck' GPS unit for $35...
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...ite=USB-UG-200

Off e-bay, I bought a DVD with all the raster charts pre-loaded plus SeaclearII, plus a pdf instruction manual all for about $10.
Yea, Seaclear is a free download and so are the charts. But I get them all in one handy DVD, AND I get a pdf instruction manual which Seaclear does not have. Go ahead and try doing your own complete download of all the charts. This DVD was cheap & now I have everything on disc.
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This is the one I went with.
Very reliable and easy to use.
Simply plug it in.
I spent a bit more than Xort, 60 bucks versus 35.

http://www.usglobalsat.com/p-62-bu-353.aspx
Same one as PB, and as he has stated, not sure how it might react on your boat?

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I can mount it on the pilothouse roof with a weathertight, EM transparent cover. Seriously, I could Sikaflex a Pyrex candy bowl over it...

Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
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I can mount it on the pilothouse roof with a weathertight, EM transparent cover. Seriously, I could Sikaflex a Pyrex candy bowl over it...

Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
You'd have quite the solar oven there, might cook the circuits.
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I can mount it on the pilothouse roof with a weathertight, EM transparent cover. Seriously, I could Sikaflex a Pyrex candy bowl over it...

Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
Are you trying to make solar taffy????

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OK, maybe not Pyrex. My fluxgate compass head-end has a miniature garbage can lid over it that doesn't seem too bad....

Just forward of the hatch...it's the little grey dome. Works like a charm, because that lid is all aluminum.

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I wonder if a little Wi-Fi connection between a computer and an iPod touch would work? A quick reference in your pocket, and the computer stays out of the elements.
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The bulkhead mounted one from USGlobalSat is meant for exterior mounting.

(That's a scary looking place for a propane cylinder by the way Val. Looks like a leak would go right inside.)

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The bulkhead mounted one from USGlobalSat is meant for exterior mounting.

(That's a scary looking place for a propane cylinder by the way Val. Looks like a leak would go right inside.)
You've think so, and there are plans to move it aft or to box it in place, but the truth is there's a sill you can't see and the deck camber is signficant, meaning gas would sink, roll "down" to the gunwhales, and then to the scuppers.

The fact is, it's rarely on, and I have a propane sniffer in the engine room from my Atomic 4 days.
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