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Now I'm getting somewhere, thanks to your help so far untangling the GPS issues. On my previous boat, I used a laptop with Nobeltec software hooked to the old-style, position-only GPS receiver. This set-up worked well for me, so I am planning an updated version of this arrangement on my current boat. The big addition to the new boat will be radar. A first for me. I already have a Foruno 1715 waiting to be installed.

Am I correct in my understanding that the newer, chart plotter GPS receivers are a parallel option to what I'm considering? In other words, if I had this antenna http://www.turtlemarine.com/furunobbwgps.html or something like it for use with a laptop (running Maptech) and radar, I'd have no need for a chart plotter with the LCD screen and the pre-loaded charts? I feel as if I know my PC and the navigation software well already. I'm comfortable with it. Any reason not to go this route?


I would carry my trusty handheld Garmin or equivalent as a back-up. Have I got my mind right?
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You don't need a chartplotter, nor do you need that antenna for the GPS signal. Depending on where you buy it, you can get a GPS Mouse with a USB plug, for under $100, and well under that if you look around. I have one, and it stays inside the cabin, and has never failed to pick up a signal. They are made by USGlobalSat. They also have an external antenna that is still way less than half the price of the Furno.
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You could definitely use the handheld Garmin as a backup... I would also setup an NMEA cable that is already connected to power and the VHF (for DSC) and the PC if you have one... that way, you can just plug it in...and it will power off the boat's DC bank, and show up on the VHF and PC.
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