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Stan ...I'm with you on that...I have a Ray Chartplotter Radar at my helm and don't use my PC for navigation. I was just inquiring about the toughbook because it has been my experience that even well protected PC's are unsuitable for helm use due to the screen getting washed out in bright daylight and I wondered if any had gone to the more viewable screens used in marine electronics as I DO like to sit up top at anchor and often can't see my screen.
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Some of the Raymarine displays can also be used as a PC display IIRC.
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Bit confused on Mac options

First - I have a Mac OSX (Intel) laptop, an Win XP Laptop and a "beater" Linux Laptop - since I'm a programmer. I like the Mac best and it seems like the Mac is pretty well supported.

I'm returning to sailing after a 9 year break and am outfitting a new boat...

So - reading all this great information - I'm confused on a few things:

1) What's the difference between GPSNavX and MacEnc?

2) I can't figure out if these come with the charts I need or if I need to order MapTech charts like these

3) Is doing this stuff on a Mac just a headache? Should I just go with the PC?

4) I do mostly single-handed sailing and use radar alarms to get some sleep while off shore. Can I hook this into my mac (i.e. the radar display)? Or is that still PC only?

Since it would be nice to have this stuff on deck what are the best options for a basic chart/radar display on deck? I don't need a huge screen or anything, and reusing any software would be a huge plus. Can I get data off a system like this onto a laptop (to record where I went, etc.)? Suggestions?
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Wiseleyb-

1) GPSNavX is the older program and not quite as capable as MacENC, which is designed to handle the NOAA free ENC vector-based charts, along with basically everything that GPSNavX did.

2) Their software works just fine, and you can just download the NOAA ENC charts. They even have a link to the NOAA ENC downloads page on their website, on the compatibility page. I'd go with MacENC btw...since it is a more capable package.

3) If your more comfortable on the Mac, use the Mac... if not, use the PC.

4) You will need a USB-to-serial adapter to get the NMEA 0183 data feed off of the Radar...but the program (MacENC) should read it.

An easy way to get the use of the same software on deck is to get an older Fujitsu 4000 series tablet computer with a water-resistant housing they made for it. That way it can withstand the conditions.. and then just use a VNC client and run a VNC server package on the Mac... Essentially, you'll be using the tablet computer as a thin-client to your Mac, which stays nice and safe down below in the cabin. Most Macs have 802.11g WiFi, and so does the Fujitsu tablet...so you can connect them together as a network, wirelessly.

Any questions about this, let me know via pm.
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