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Laptop for Cruising Software
I think you`ll be surprised with todays more efficient and faster laptops. I`d say your on the very right track for your needs.
Most nautical related software doesnt use that much system resources and if you got something in the 450 Mhz and up you`ll be fine. I would try and at LEAST have 128 Megs of RAM though. ( Thats really the biggie. Not so much processor speed, but RAM. The more the better. )
Keep in mind, if you decide to use raster charts ( Maptech, Softchart etc ), vs. Vector ( Nobeltec ) they can take up a HUGE amount of hard drive space, so you will only want to load the charts you need at the time. Nevertheless, 8 gigs would be fine.
I use the same computer myself onboard Gandalf - Compaq 400 MHZ/8 Gig HD/128 Megs RAM (Upgraded from 32 )
I`d imagine, you will probably spend closer to the $300 range. Anything with at least Windows 95 or Windows 98...leaning towards Win 98 if possible.
CAPN Voyager recommends a Pentium 400
128mb of RAM or more/ CD-ROM Drive/ and a
Video card capable of supporting High Color (16 bit)( most all are capable of this )
If you have an even more specific software you`d like to run, check the manufacturers site and see what they recommend.
If you`d be interested in trading for some navigation software, contact me offline.
Hope this helps.