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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Types of Marine GPS Units

Portable units like the GPS 620 Marine Navigator (above) are extremely versatile

Portable units like the GPS 620 Marine Navigator (above) are extremely versatile

 

When looking to purchase a GPS unit for your boating activities, it can be a little difficult to decide what kind of device is best for you. With a plethora of sizes, types and features—not to mention prices—it can quickly become overwhelming. So here is a basic overview of the different types of marine GPS units to get you started:

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SonarCharts Expands Compatibility to Multiple GPS Units

SonarCharts

Navionics has announced that it’s award-winning SonarCharts is now compatible with Garmin, Hummingbird, Lowrance, Raymarine, Simrad and B&G units. This cutting edge software empowers individual users to easily improve the accuracy of their charts by uploading sonar logs and downloading updated charts as necessary. Navionics then processes and integrates your data quickly, giving more detail on critical areas, as well as continuous changes in sea, lake and river bottoms. read more

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs review

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs review

Hands on review of the Garmin GPSMAP 741xs

The Garmin GPSMAP 741xs is an all new marine chartplotter from Garmin.  The GPSMAP 741xs has a 7″ diagonal color screen and an all new look.  In the past, Garmin has used silver bars at the top and bottom of the case.  These have been removed and replaced with an all black look that is similar to the ultra high end 8000 series.
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Garmin BlueChart Mobile app for iOS released

Garmin Bluechart Mobile app

Garmin Bluechart Mobile app screenshot from iPad

The Garmin BlueChart Mobile iOS app is now available for download from the App Store. This new app will allow your iPhone / iPad to function as a chartplotter using Garmin BlueChart maps. The app is free, while charts are available as an in-app purchase. read more

New Garmin chartplotters announced

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs

New Garmin GPSMAP 741xs chartplotter

Garmin has announced new models in their marine line of chartplotters and combination chartplotter/sounders. Features and capabilities have been upgraded and enhanced at many different levels.

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Garmin GPSMAP 541s review

Garmin GPSMAP 541s marine chartplotter review

Hands on with the Garmin GPSMAP 541s

The Garmin GPSMAP 541s Chartplotter is an incremental upgrade to the discontinued GPSMAP 540s.  The GPSMAP 541s has a 5″ diagonal color screen and the same Garmin appearance is maintained with the silver bars at the top and bottom of the case.  The major upgrade is the ability to interface with NMEA 2000 networks for engine diagnostics, weather instruments and additional uses.  The GPSMAP 541s comes pre-loaded with United States Coastal Charts and also has a SD card slot for additional charts.  The SD card can also be used for transferring waypoints, routes and tracks.  The GPSMAP 541s includes a built in sounder module, that allows direct connection to a transducer for depth and fish finder functions. read more

Garmin GPSMAP 78

Garmin GPSMAP 78 review

The Garmin GPSMAP 78 brought a major update to the GPSMAP 76 handheld line. Garmin had a huge hit with the 60/76 series, and instead of messing with a winner, they turned their attention to new interfaces, which were introduced on the Colorado series, followed by the touch screen Oregon line. These new units brought the ability to add custom maps and aerial imagery, paperless geocaching, and high-resolution screens, but the latter made them less than bright (although later models like the Oregon 450 have largely solved this problem).

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iNavX Marine Navigation for iOS review

iNavX for iOS review

Hands on Review of iNavX Marine Navigation for iOS

The iNavX marine charting app is targeted for recreational boaters.  This app allows navigation using NOAA raster charts and a few other proprietary vector and raster chart formats.  Users can create waypoints & routes and also record tracks.   read more

Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition announced

Looks like Magellan is trying to carve out a new niche with boaters. Following Monday’s announcement of two Angler editions of the eXplorist line, they’ve now announced the Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition, which includes U.S. coastal coverage up to two miles offshore, with data on 5-foot contours, tides, currents, wrecks, port plans, marsh areas, and marine services. And just in case you spend time both offshore and on inland waters, 12,000 US lakes are charted for you too.

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Navionics Marine & Lakes for iOS review

Hands on review of Navionics Marine & Lakes: US & Canada HD

The Navionics Marine Charting app is targeted for recreational boaters.  This app allows viewing the proprietary Navionics Nautical Vector Charts on your favorite iOS device.  Users can create routes and record tracks, which can be shared with friends using Facebook, Twitter, and email.  The routes can also can be uploaded to certain fixed mount chart plotters that might be found on a boat.  The Navionics app will function as a chart plotter displaying your position on the chart with the enabled route making it somewhat practical to use as a chart plotter while underway. read more