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Old 02-23-2015, 09:34 PM
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I'm sure this has been beaten to death but honestly after doing some searching I hadn't come across any questions regarding this. My father has a Pathfinder 2300 boat that he just overhauled the engine on and added a T-top. In all reality it's a great boat and has been amazing. He fishes continuously and I use it whenever I'm able to take a break from the city.

In the past I had bought him a radio for it but the head unit managed to take quite a beating from the rides across the bays and the GPS has managed to somehow die. with the hole already cut I was thinking of pulling the GPS and replacing it with a tablet like the Sony Xperia Z2. I've been doing some research and what I like most is how they are water/dust proof. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience using these tablets and if they'd like to share their opinion. Or if you've used tablets in general can you offer a recommended setup? I'm not against going with a bolted on mount but figured if I'm going to add one I should just ditch the garmin.

What experiences do you have using tablets on boats? Is bigger always better where maybe I should shoot for something like the 12.1 inch samsung galaxy? I'm a little worried about durability also. While I like how the sony is waterproof and can take the splashes I'm worried it won't take the bounces across the bays.

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Old 02-24-2015, 01:18 PM
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Can't read/see a tablet in direct sun light. It's a waste of time. Get a real chartplotter.
Old 02-24-2015, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
Can't read/see a tablet in direct sun light. It's a waste of time. Get a real chartplotter.
What tablet were you using? Was it the Sony Z2?
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If you can find a tablet with more than 800 NIT light in the display (and battery life of about 1-2 hours) - then go ahead

Here you can read my take - it is old but still as valid.... Tablets on Boats
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I would never-ever-ever replace a primary marine MFU with a tablet, especially if I were into any kind of off shore boating. As a second unit... maybe.

I really don't dee the need to have a tablet at all to view my chart plotter on wifi. It's really just a "toy". Even on a 50' yacht, how far away from the chart plotter will you ever be? 25'? And why are you not near the helm in the first place?
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as was said above, been there, done that, it's a toy, a supplemental interface, something for passengers to look at...but it is not a replacement for the main chartplotter.

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