Time to Let go of the Legacy?

Posted: December 1, 2013  |  Tag: Electronics

By: John Temple

I have a 1995 40-foot motorboat with a 1995 Raytheon 610 chartplotter. I also have a computer with Nobeltec Visual Navigation Suite, which was installed several years ago. The computer is failing, and the old Raytheon plotter is nothing like the new stuff, but it works fine. What can I do, that makes sense economically?
We recently had a several-year-old mini-tower computer fail. It was running Windows XP with Nobeltec, and everything had been working fine, though it was a bit antiquated. I, as you probably do, too, have all the charts I need, both on CDs and the cards that go into our Raytheon unit. I investigated getting a new computer and new navigation software, which was going to be expensive — the computer being the least of it. Once you buy a new computer, you need all new software, because your old stuff is not going to run on the newer operating systems; plus, Nobeltec isn’t supporting software on XP or 2000, and the company has discontinued support on Admiral/VNS Version 9. Visit nobeltec.com for more information.

You may still be able to upgrade to the latest Nobeltec software with some savings, which could be the best route, but I wouldn’t wait too long to do it.

We repaired our old XP Mini, even though several computer shops I called recommended not repairing the old gear, but I have forward-looking sonar running off an old LPT1 port, and none of the new stuff can run it, so we fixed the Mini. We had to replace several parts, including the fan, the internal battery and other parts we were concerned could fail. I made it to Blind Channel without a hitch using the repaired computer, which is where I am writing this.

If your Raytheon 610 works and you want to save money, I suggest using the legacy system until it dies. Consider it a backup. I put both to good use.

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