The latest PCs and programs are saltier than ever.
By Brad Dunn — December 2000
Though it took a while for computers to get their sea legs, the newest marinized hardware and software are more than rugged enough for punishing saltwater climes. In fact, the latest marvels of technology lead a new era of easier, safer boating.
The past few months have seen enormous advancements in the marinized PC industry, from waterproof computers to single software packages that can replace all the instruments and gauges at your helm. Moreover, boaters of all kinds are embracing the idea of computer-aided helms and multifunctional software programs, as rising sales continue to spawn more options from major manufacturers.
The Internet has also made waves by finally giving recreational boaters valuable weather and navigational information, instead of endless streams of online product catalogs.
To help you keep your mind off the winter months that still separate you from that first springtime cruise, we've reviewed the latest PC and software technology that not only could ultimately supplant your current helm, but also might make worthy additions to your holiday wish list.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.