Have you thought about putting the lap top down below and having an aux lcd flat screen for a monitor? Easier to mount and keep the lap top safe and out of the way. Just a thought.
nobody mentioned THE CAP'N.... I used an older version years ago. Im in the market for a new one now. any advice?
This is also a good program to use. It is very user friendly. A lot of the local Party Boats use this software.
As far as the laptop. If that is what you are going to use, I would sugest getting a wireless mouse that has a ball on it at your thumb. So if it is a little bumpy out it is very easy to move the curser.