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Old 03-20-2014, 07:59 AM
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Ok.. Picked up a 03 Albemarle last July that has radar, gps, and sounder. It takes c-map cards and they are about impossible to find. There is an ethernet port that both units are hooked up to and has a 7 pin plug on the dash to plug a laptop into. I assume anyway. .. I would like to put a Panasonic toughbook or something similar up there to run charts on. What do I need for programs or for that matter what do I need to hook this stuff up. I know someone has to have something like this in their boat. Thanks for the help. Kevin
Old 03-20-2014, 08:11 AM
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If you have an old C-Map card, you can join "club Jeppesen", which is company that makes the charts. This "membership" costs less than $100. With this, you are entitled to trade in your old chart for a current chart. If you don't renew your membership next year, that is up to you...
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Originally Posted by guppyii View Post
Ok.. Picked up a 03 Albemarle last July that has radar, gps, and sounder. It takes c-map cards and they are about impossible to find. There is an ethernet port that both units are hooked up to and has a 7 pin plug on the dash to plug a laptop into. I assume anyway. .. I would like to put a Panasonic toughbook or something similar up there to run charts on. What do I need for programs or for that matter what do I need to hook this stuff up. I know someone has to have something like this in their boat. Thanks for the help. Kevin
What plotter /radar do you have? Are they NavNet or standalone units. I assume NavNet if you have an ethernet connection. NavNet 1 takes the Furuno FP-cards - as dlevitt says those C-Map cards are easy to find.

Not sure what you expect to be able to do with the laptop - you will not be able to display charts from the laptop on the plotter, or vice versa. The only PC connection for the NavNet 1 is a serial connection for downloading waypoints and tracks from the plotter.

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It's a RDP-139 iirc.. yes they are Navnet. I imagine I can hook up a laptop with navionics or something similar and use the gps antenna for position? Just don't have a clue what kind of operating system I would need. C maps for the great lakes are not easy to find and they want a bunch of coin for them if you do find them. I fish several different ports throughout the season and would need 5 chips just to cover those. May just add a hds-7m as stand alone plotter as I have a navionics chip that is compatible for that.

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