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Old 12 November 2011, 17:23   #11
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If the plotter gets condensation inside it but still works (which it probably will) then the manufacturer will refund it. If the moisture sensor (white stickers which turn red) get activated on the ipad then the warranty is void even if there is no obvious water damage / its never been in the sea.

Not only is the plotter screen better to read in daylight, but if you stumble and land on it (perhaps coming off the top of a big wave - or even when stepping aboard) it will probably survive.

The iPad has no NMEA in/out ports. So it is standalone. The plotter will interface with your radio, your sounder, your engine etc...

Right now I wouldn't be considering an iPad on board a Rib as a plotter. Perhaps as a nice backup on a less exposed boat. In 3 or 4 yrs time I could imagine that one of the tablet manufacturers might produce a device which is robust enough for the real world and then it might start to ruffle a few feathers in the marine world. I doubt it will become a "cheap" AND "practical" option on a rib this decade though.
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Old 12 November 2011, 17:27   #12
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Doesn't that word quadruple the price of everything?

Yep! but we do seem to get stuffed more than most! Just compare alot of the prices in the US..everything from i-pads to Outboards to Chartplotters!(Spot a theme there?) I would'nt mind so much if when you went across the pond you did'nt see European 'imports' at a fraction of the price WE pay!..
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Old 15 November 2011, 02:45   #14
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Compare the price of a ruggedised notebook (call it £1.5-2K) to the price of a "bog standard" notebook(£160-200).

I know which one I'd rather take up a hill / out on a boat with me!

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