Everyone is into using GPS in some way or the other. While many depend upon their smartphones, industries generally tend to use GPS devices exclusively meant for that purpose. Such an industry is the marine industry. Mariners particularly need GPS services to navigate their way while at sail and also to track other vessels at sea. Here are reviews of the top 3 GPS devices for marines.
- Garmin GPSMAP 76CS
The Garmin GPSMAP 76CS receiver is a multi-purpose, 12-channel, GPS device. Easy to use and efficient with its working, this device is also reasonably priced in the mid-range at about $335 in the retail market. If you are lucky, you may get it much cheaper at sites such as eBay and Amazon.
This GPS receiver is lightweight and has an internal antenna and is great for typical tracking purposes. Offering up to 50 routes and 1000 waypoints, this unit is better than most average GPS devices.
This receiver accepts radio signals to a radius of 3 meters and lets you update and share database maps and sync with your PC. The Tracklog feature automatically maintains a log of route taken. It is also waterproof and can be used under practically any weather condition.
One problem with this GPS device, though, is its screen size, which falls in the under average category at a mere 2.6”. The other downside is that it only gives you the option of internal memory. Hence, in case you feel you need to store a lot of data, you probably will have to look at another device that offers you external storage as well.
- Magellan SporTrak
The Magellan SporTrak is a GPS receiver, which includes a rich color display and several interesting features such as a barometer, electronic compass and built-in map database. This impact-resistant, waterproof and highly portable device is rather steeply priced at $499.99.
The 12-channel device comes with backlighting for viewing in any lighting environment. It includes 32MB internal memory, but the maps alone occupy 10MB of space. That means you are left with only 22MB for storing routes, waypoints and other related data. The built-in maps also include major roadways, waterways, parks, airports and all other important locations. Magellan’s MapSend DirectRoute software comes with street-level maps but this will cost you an additional $149 and also eat up the memory space available on the device.
The only downside of this GPS device is that it does not come with an SD card slot, so you will have to store extra information on a removable device.
- Garmin GPS V
The lightweight and extremely portable 12-channel Garmin GPS V delivers state-of-the-art navigation technology, offering a better display, turn-by-turn directions for street-level maps and the Wide Area Augmentation System feature for better accuracy.
This GPS device can store up to 50 routes and 500 waypoints and also comes with a fishing and/or hunting calculator, mileage calculator, calendar and sunrise/sunset times as well. The built-in maps allow you to plan your route right from your current location to your destination.
The included MapSource City Select CD-ROM for street-level maps offers information on seven select regions. The problem, though, is that you can only unlock one region and will have to pay an additional $116 for the rest.
The GPS V from Garmin comes with a neat, multi-angle mounting bracket for affixing on car or boat dashboards. Offering 25 hours of battery life, this GPS device is much better than average as regards battery power.
This marine GPS device is a bit steeply priced at $535. It also does not allow memory expansion, so that does get a bit inconvenient for long-distance travellers. But all-in-all, this is a great navigation companion and is certainly worth more than a look.