Boat ComputersDuring a year away on a boat, one might think that you could do without computers. Such thinking would ignore the reality of the modern-day world. We require computers to help navigate the boat, manage our finances, help teach our children, and to entertain us.
Adult's PCWe use a Compaq Armada as the main navigation and administrative PC. This PC is used to connect us to the Internet and provide for e-mail access. While the boat is moving, Nobletec software is used to provide real-time plotting of the Dragonsinger's position. And if David thinks of his next software product, the Compaq is loaded up with the latest in Windows development tools.
Children's PCA new Dell computer, complete with DVD is dedicated to the children. Since we will not have a TV or VCR on the boat, this computer is our one modern entertainment device. While the screen is small by television standards, the DVD player provides a way for the whole family to watch movies.
This computer is the school computer. School projects will be completed on this PC and it is loaded with a large variety of CD reference material to assist in home schooling.