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Old 05-28-2015, 07:55 AM   #3
psneeld
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City: AICW
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
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Any cheap laptop will do.

I have 2 $400 Dells. One is dedicated to the nav station.

I have a $39 GPS puck attached and run free OpenCPN naming with free NOAA charts.

I am thinking of adding AIS input with a $50 USB/NEMA cable but no rush as they are on my chartplotter.

I much prefer the laptop for plotting with the bigger screen and easy to use OpenCPN.

Have both Active Captain and the offline app on it as well as Coast Pilots. Also run spreadsheets with maintenance logs and other vessel info too.

Windows 7 works great with all.
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