Originally Posted by Lake-Effect
I bought an ASUS eee 1001P netbook last year (refurbished, $225) with 250GB HD and 2MB RAM. It runs OpenCPN
fine. This is my second netbook from the eee series; I really like them. I bet the 12" ones are even better.
They are. Of course, I'm not proposing lashing netbooks to an outside helm
or Velcro-ing them to bulkheads. Their screens aren't, admittedly, super-bright in full sunlight under battery
. They are fine at a nav station, however, and the ambitious person could connect a sunlight-bright, waterproof monitor
to the outside helm
and just relay the plotter to that. Another method would be to have a nice big monitor
on an armature affixed to the cabin
roof forward of the companionway
. When you want to see a plotter display, pull down the monitor and watch from the helm. When you don't, up and off it goes.
There's all sorts of ways to do this these days.