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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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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