[QUOTE=+A465B;130623]HP has worked fine and is value for money. Dell Lattitudes working well so far - and running Windows 8 too. Maybe it is luck.
Sonys were really great but always seemed to cost a fair bit more than similar HP’s. Apple with Parallels run pretty good too. Need to spend some time on the setup.
Be careful using your “personal” chart software at work.
A while back the mate “preferred” Nobletec to the boat’s Transas which had the (correct) courses plotted by the Captain.
Mate ignored the Transas in favor of Nobletec, and ran the boat aground on rocks at 14 knots.
For Owners / Operators, make sure your charts and pubs are up to date (duh) and a policy of “no use of personal navigational software” is in place, to ensure your vessel is “seaworthy”, at least from this angle. Cannot speak to Owners / Operators that do not keep the charts/pubs up to date, but crew using their own puts a lot of issues on the table.[/QUOTE]
There is more then one issue here. One is running up on the rocks. That by itself is a big problem. Another issue is not using the ship’s equipment to navigate. That is a problem in and of itself. Another issue is the mate using his own voyage plan / tracklines instead of the captains.
It’s a bit of a leap to compare making those errors to using personal equipment in addition to following all the required navigation procedures with vessel equipment. .