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GPS for Boating                

Smart sailors have been using GPS and electronic charting for years to navigate with greater accuracy and peace of mind.

Using a GPS for nautical navigation:    

  • allows you to preplan your routes
  • plan and organize routes with your mouse
  • man overboard functions
  • view exact real time position on charts (laptop)
  • link gps to auto pilot on powerboat or sailboat
  • view track logs to sail back the same route
  • mark good routes, name routes and waypoints for reference
  • alarms – create custom alarm areas, including anchor alarms
  • plus much more …

Digital Charts are available for all over the world.  For most of the world there are digital charts available that are GPS ready.  However, there are programs that enable paper charts to be used as well.  Programs like Fugawi allow one to scan in paper charts to use on a laptop.  These programs are great as they allow you to transfer waypoints from your handheld GPS back and forth to your PC. Create routes and print of GPS ready maps using software from Maptech or Fugawi / Fugawi ENC or Avia Sailing Marine Mapping.

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GPS Options for boaters:

A growing trend towards laptops allow for greater detail to be viewed on these full colour screens.  Whether for real time navigation or preplanning most people are choosing to use the mobile tools that they already have. 
Our Weatherproof GPS receiver with 15' data cable is ideal for use on your boat.

Handheld units – you can use GPS handhelds for real-time use for directions, etc. 
Garmin and Magellan are the two most popular brands.  A spiking trend is the use of Bluetooth GPS units, which allow for wireless navigation on the water.  

Fugawi Fishing Lakes USA

For GPS add on’s for PDA’s click here and for laptops please see the PCMCIA card.  The most simple units to add to PDA can be found here.  

Mounted GPS units allow a waterproof solution for larger boats combining
GPS and sounders.  These are only recommended for the more sophisticated consumer.  

Enjoy great adventures on the waters.  With GPS, you will know where you are, and where you are going. 

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