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Maptech Charts and GPS Software w/ Laptop

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I have a Maptech Chartbook, navigation software, and companion GPS software, as well as a GPS antenna with a USB plug in. I'm considering purchasing a Toshiba laptop to put it all together.
My question is: has anyone gone this route, and if so, would you like to comment on experiences, recommendations etc. The venue is the Chesapeake.
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Re: Maptech Charts and GPS Software w/ Laptop

I used to use Maptech Offshore Navigator, with Canadian charts and a BU-353 receiver on an HP laptop. I quite liked it.

The support for Canadian tides and currents disappeared after they were bought out; I switched to OpenCPN software, on a netbook.
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Re: Maptech Charts and GPS Software w/ Laptop

I have used maptech for years using the Offshore Navigator Light software that you get with the chart books. It's all what you get used to, but I have found Maptech to be very good software.
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I used to use Maptech Offshore Navigator, with Canadian charts and a BU-353 receiver on an HP laptop. I quite liked it.

The support for Canadian tides and currents disappeared after they were bought out; I switched to OpenCPN software, on a netbook.
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Re: Maptech Charts and GPS Software w/ Laptop

One issue to watch is support for Windows 7 64-bit. Some USB GPS units don't have a driver for that version. The BU353 mentioned by a few others does, but the Delorme I happened to have does not, so will not work with my new ACER laptop. I would still have an inexpensive handheld marine GPS in addition. Don't like the idea relying only a non-waterproof Windows PC.
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