Navigate easily with a marine GPS
This year promises to be a huge one in terms of electronics. Some of the gadgets in their current avatars are already out and some are anticipated with great excitement like the Google Project Glass, Nest Thermostat and others. For those into nautical electronics, the marine GPS with all its innovative features are generating their own hype. Let’s understand how a marine GPS helps you navigate with ease:
What is a marine GPS?
A Marine GPS (global positioning system) helps you navigate safely on the seas. It aids in satellite communication and assists in determining the speed and direction of the ship. This output is displayed on a screen. It helps you stay on course and charter the boat into safe waters and tell you the distance and time of your destination. If you steer off course, the GPS helps you signal the vessel’s exact position to another ship if you need help. It can be mounted on or integrated into an instrument panel or be a hand-held device.
Popular marine GPS models
- The Garmin GPSMAP 620 is both automotive and marine GPS. It has a high-resolution touch screen display and comes preloaded with a unique worldwide satellite basemap that allows you to “view from space” images in the area. The Garmin allows for quick and efficient routes and has access to data like fishing charts, coastal roads, tide and current data and others. It has a battery life of 9 hours and comes with a tough, waterproof case.
- The Uniden Submersible hand-held marine radio is a must-have gadget when you’re out on the water. It has digital selective-calling features along with a marine GPS that is so useful when you need to confirm your location in case you have to be rescued. It has glow-in-the-dark keys and a flashing emergency strobe light that is so handy during rough weather. It comes with a temperature display and has a high capacity Lithium-Ion battery.
- The Furuno marine GPS Navigator and Chartplotter has state-of-the-art user interface. It is so simple to use yet is very powerful. It uses a superb navigation system NavNet 3D that uses a technology called “Time Zero”. It allows you to operate it on 3D mode all the time which makes it easy for you to identify where you’re situated at all times. It has Satellite Photo Fusion to give you detailed and clear imagery and chart data.