What size boat do you have? How much room? We are cruising a Nor'Sea
27 and my info is based on it.
I would not go with a laptop for all your entertainment needs. That makes for a single
We have a car type radio
we built in. It had a cassette deck
in it and an attached 12 CD changer. We ran our MP3 player through it with a cassette adapter. Last summer in the Sea of Cortez
, the cassette deck
failed. That made our MP3 players much harder to use, but the CD player still worked. We wired it so the front speakers were in the cabin
and the rear speakers are in the cockpit
. This works very well for us.
We now need to get the deck fixed, or replace it (bummer). We are now visiting our son in Az and found what may be a fine boat radio
. It plays CDs, and has slots in it for a thumb drive, an SD card and an external jack for our MP3. AND, it's only US$ 79.99.
We do watch DVDs on our laptop, BUT we also have a nice Panasonic DVD
player. I was not going to get it, but it turned out to be VERY good! We can watch 2 movies between charges! Something I can NOT do with our laptops. AND, it uses a lot less power.
If I was starting out gain, I would get a low cost laptop (I am typing this note from my Eee PC) and a car type stereo, and a good portable DVD
player. I think you can shop smart and get all of that for less than a mid range laptop. And you will not have a single
point failure point.