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    sailboat pc?

    anyone have a pc in a small (25-30ft) sail boat?

    i'm going to a boat auction in the am, and will hopefully get a good deal on a sailboat, and was wondering if anyone here has a pc in their sailboat
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    how u gonna power it? wind generator? solar panel?

    u cud use a laptop, but ur limited to power time

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmboy30
    how u gonna power it? wind generator? solar panel?

    u cud use a laptop, but ur limited to power time
    A small solar panel wouldn't be a bad idea if you also had it rigged with a capacitor of sorts for when it's not so sunny.
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    Probably the best way to power the PC would be to run it off of a deep cell battery and use the solar panel to keep the battery charged.. That's pretty much the way my brother keeps the battery in his camper in Montana charged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj!2k4
    Probably the best way to power the PC would be to run it off of a deep cell battery and use the solar panel to keep the battery charged.. That's pretty much the way my brother keeps the battery in his camper in Montana charged.
    that's what i was thinking, or keeping a batt charger plugged in while docked
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    I am using a mac mini on my motor boat. Very small footprint and you can use any kind of screen.

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    Won't a sail boat of 25-30 foot have an auxiliary engine, or small generator.
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    Let me know if you need a weatherized stainless case for it. I am designing one right now for use in boats. Its going to be NEMA 4 enclosure. PM me if interested I can send pics.
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    Veritas:
    SS case for what.....the Mac mini?

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    Veritas:
    SS case for what.....the Mac mini?
    I was reffering to taking any components and making a ruggedized chassis for them that would be waterproof as well as classy in a appearance.
    I usually do this with carcomputers but have recently been getting questions about boat pc's as well. I could remove the mac mini from its chassis and relocate it into a custom NEMA 4 enclosure that would be safer in a marine enviroment.
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