Cheap, resilient and practical installation of your Windows 10 on a yacht

I'll Tell you about the minimalist Windows 10 desktop installation I have on my yacht. Mine is not connected to NMEA devices because there are no them on my yacht, but it has this capability.

The Installation consists of an energy-saving 12 V, 22 inch car TV, the Manta brand, fixed with a strong handle in a dry place in the saloon. It is Connected to the 12 V socket (the so-called cigarette lighter socket) using the cable provided by the TV manufacturer.

It Has an HDMI input, to which, on the short cable (about 10 cm) is connected to the so-called SlimStick brand Kiano. It'S a Windows 10 pc with dimensions slightly larger than a pendrive.

Its parameters are:

Processor: Intel® Atom® Z3735F

Number of Cores: 4 (Quad Core)

RAM Memory: 2GB

SSD: 32 GB

Dimensions: 10 x 4 x 1 cm

Weight: 50 gram

Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Wireless:

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

Connectors:

  • 1x HDMI (output to TV)
  • 1x Micro USB (Power)
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 1x Micro Card Reader

To increase the memory of the computer, I've stuck a Sandisc Ultra 64GB memory card.

The Power supply of the computer provides me with a micro USB cable connected to the 12V Yacht Network by the 3.1 car Charger A (the so-called Quick Charge).

I use a wireless keyboard with a trackball to control the Whole.

I Have two GPS signals-one of the GPS mouse Holux M-215 + and the other by Bluetouth with my smartphone (the app Bluetooth GPS Output, Meowsbox).

I am receiving an Internet Signal using my Alcatel Airbox modem or using my old smartphone.

Installation Cost:

  • TV 400 PLN
  • Computer 200 zł
  • 50 Memory Card PLN
  • 50 Charger PLN
  • 80 Keyboard PLN
  • 150 GPS Mouse zł
  • GPS APP 6 zł

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  • Total 936 PLN

Power Consumption: approx. 2 A, but when the TV is turned off, the computer continues to work with the consumption of OK 1A.

Main Advantages:

  • Price: The whole costs less than 1000 zł.
  • Software such as OpenCPN or QtVlm work brilliantly.
  • Permanent Installation, not for injuries or flooding, eg. Hot tea (or grog). There is no risk of falling on the floor. The Risk of mechanical damage or drowning bears only an inexpensive keyboard.
  • Excellent for navigation and Weather Routing, for pulling out gribes and other weather forecasts.
  • Connection To NMEA 1083 and NMEA 2000 network.
  • The Port is perfect for watching internet TV (e.g. Netflix) or terrestrial (using omni-directional TV antenna), surfing the web, sending emails.
  • Going down from the yacht, a computer weighing 50 grams can be taken home for example. To watch online TV, either at work or in the club to use for presentations (connect to a TV or a projector).

Disadvantages:

  • Power Consumption: The whole gets about 2A. It's more than a modern ultrabook (less than an ordinary laptop), but less than an ordinary latop (the price ultrabook from 2200 zł up).
  • You Will not be interested in a sailor who often changes the yacht and on board must appear with his own laptop.
  • Small internal memory. The System takes about 20 Gb so we are available only about 10 Gb. This forces us to use a micro memory card or to use the cloud drives.
  • Gaming Memory or advanced graphics software is Too weak.

Summary:

Since the installation on my yacht has been working flawlessly for 2 years, I think I can recommend it to shipowners of small yachts so called. "Sinus" and sea, but only when we are always sailing on the same yacht.

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