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I am thinking about using a laptop on board and was looking for some sugestions for different brands of software. It seems they are all expensive!
 

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Thanks I'll look that up . I kinda wanted to overlay my radar and sounder to
 

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We use PC Windplot. It's a little confusing at first but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty cool. It has unlimited waypoint storage, and has different charts depending on the type of boating/fishing you do. You also can expand on it. Check out their website for more info.
 

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Thanks for the replies,! I tried downloading the sea clear free program and couldn't get it to run. I'm leaning toward the nobletec at this point it seems to do all I need! I gotta get going on all these things the fish will be back before I know it and so much to do:eek:
 

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And while I'm at it does anyone use a store bought laptop mount or does everyone do a custom mount.

I have a 17" dell and I want to mount it on the port side dash. I have a center companionway and will need to swivel it between movies for the crew and navigation facing the helm.
 

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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.
 

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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.
I want to be able to use the laptop while underway. I do all the driving and want to get at easily while my crew is sleeping.
 

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Me too, I have 2 lap tops going on the boat that will each have a flush mounted lcd screen at the helm with wireless keyboards and mouse
 

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nobody mentioned THE CAP'N.... I used an older version years ago. Im in the market for a new one now. any advice?
 

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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.

Blacktide,

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.
 

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This is also a good program to use. It is very user friendly. A lot of the local Party Boats use this software.

Blacktide,

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.
Good idea! I see how using the touch pad could be a problem when it's sloppy. I think I 've settled on the nobeltec, I have a buddy thats gonna set up the software.
 

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I'm thinking about adding a pc or laptop to my boat. I am worried about not seeing the display in the sun. What brand laptop or monitor are you guys using and what type of screen should I be looking for when I go to buy one. Also do I need a real powerful computer to run this software?
 

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I got a 17"dell 6gigs of ram and 640 gig hard drive. It's like 10 times the horsepower of my desktop. The only concern I have is the screen, it's shines. When I was looking it seems they all have the same glossy surface. I plan on a film screen saver to cut the glare
 

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I know this thread is old, but have you looked at opencpn Its pretty basic, but free. you can download it at opencpn.org. All you need is a puck GPS antenna that you can get on ebay for about 25$. All the charts are free from noaa and you can use either raster or vectors. For the price its worth downloading to try out.
 
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