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Garmin Marine Products
Conquer the top high seas or your local fishing spot with our marine line-up. From streamlined, highly effective fishfinders to an entire plug-and-play marine network with sonar, radar and XM weather, we can outfit your rig.
- Chartplotters - Highly accurate GPS plotters keep you precisely on course.
- Sounders - Chartplotters plus sonar guide you to big fish.
- Fishfinders - Finding fish made simpler than ever.
- Handhelds - Rugged and waterproof marine handhelds.
- Radar - Radomes and open array radars show you what's out there.
- Autopilots - Easy-to-use, reliable autopilots lead the way in any sea condition.
- Communications - Marine radio receivers and wired handset mics enhance convenience and safety.
- GPSMAP® 5200 Series - Top-of-the-line touchscreen multifunction displays with preloaded U.S. coastal maps.
- GPSMAP 4200 Series - Network-ready multifunction displays with preloaded U.S. coastal maps.
- GPSMAP 3200 Series - Network-ready, affordable multifunction displays with preloaded U.S. coastal maps.
- GPSMAP 501/401 Series - High-sensitivity, power-packed plotters with ultra-bright displays.
- Portable Plotters - Versatile chartplotters for navigating on land or sea.
Garmin - GPS(GPS's for sale)
Navigation and Autopilots Systems- series include GHP™ 12 Sailboat Autopilot System - for sailboats up to 70 feet in length,GHP 10- easy to use autopilot use marine Autopilot System or auto-guided navigation, TR-1 Gold Autopilot Series offers steering and speed control, GHC10 Marine Autopilot Control Unit and easy-to-use setup GHP-10V Marine Autopilot System for auto-guided navigation
Garmin - Chartplotters(Chartplotters for sale)
Standalone chartplotter series, 4" and 5" diagonal screen, Portable and touchscreen chartplotter series , 12.1", 8.4", 10.4" screen models are the best in on-boat GPS which include handheld and waterproof GPS marine units.
Garmin - Fish finders(Fishfinders for sale)
Easy to use Garmin fish finders and perfect for finding fish in both saltwater or freshwater fishing environments. With 100, 300, 500 watts (RMS) power sonar Series with video-high-quality display.
Garmin - Radar Solutions(Radars for sale)
Open Array and Radomes (Pedestal) Garmin radars. Radar series delivers 4, 6 and 12 kilowatts of power and 36,48 and 72 nm range of scanning.
Garmin Forerunner series of devices plus Marine watches. GPS fresh solutions for your fitness, outdoor, automotive and sailing.
Recreational marine chartplotters
This technology enables you to see your position relative to your surroundings in real time on an electronic chart, actually viewing your progress to a destination as your boat moves across the chart.
Most recreational marine chartplotters are single units with built-in GPS receivers. They are available as fixed-mount, portable or handheld units. Many GPSs now have basemaps preloaded with waypoint and route planning capabilities.
The two primary chart types are raster scan vector charts:
Raster scan charts are just that scanned. All the paper chart's details, topographical characteristics, symbols and markings are included, requiring immensely large data files. These charts look exactly like the paper charts you use, but unless you view the charts at the same magnification at which they were scanned, you'll lose clarity and detail when zooming in or out and it may take quite a bit of time to regenerate. These charts are stored on CD(DVD)-ROM and are used primarily on PCs. Producers of raster charts are Maptech®, in association with NOAA, the UK Hydrographic Office (which produces the Admiralty Raster Charts, ARCS), Laser Plot and SoftChart.
For boat owners
Note: If you plan to buy, first determine the physical space
available on your boat. If space is limited, consider a handheld
unit rather than a fixed-mount.
What are your navigational needs? If your boating area is confined to an inland lake or river, do you need a chartplotter with a large database of charts? Select the chartplotter based on the type of chart cartridge you find easy to use, the style of operation and display detail.
Evaluate the speed at which the screen redraws new data when either zooming or entering a new chart.
Buy the largest, highest resolution display you can afford.
The primary components of a chartplotter:
A memory device, usually a solid-state cartridge, for electronic maps. A display unit showing the boat's position relative to its surroundings. A display control, usually a keypad or trackball.
Electronic Chart types
Prior to purchasing a chartplotter, you need to decide what types of charts you'll use. Not all chartplotters are compatible with all chart storage devices.
C-MAP offers several card formats including their latest called C-MAP NT. This latest cartridge provides more information with smoother panning and zooming, while allowing you to select the amount of detail and to customize your charts. C-MAP offers both inland and offshore chart cartridges.
Navionics specializes in offshore charts and owns a database of over 13,000 nautical charts which are available in vector cartridge format. Each 32MB cartridge contains up to 200 nautical charts and port charts.
Available from Garmin Company are G-Gharts and Micro G-Charts, but these require a specific brand of plotter and are not interchangeable with other manufacturer's chartplotters. G-Charts use the Navionics database and are available in two types, either Offshore or Inland. Inland G-Charts include American lakes and reservoirs and show symbols, boat ramps, marinas, dams, etc. The offshore G-Charts provide coastal, detailed, general, fishing, extra-detailed and port services charts with coverage of the Intracoastal Waterway, bays and offshore waters worldwide.
Of the two types, vector charts offer the most flexibility
but care should be taken when determining what digital files
you want to view on your screen.
Vector charts are also produced from paper charts, but the data is recorded in separate digital file layers. In other words, contour lines are in a separate digital file from navigation aides. The vector chart file system enables you to choose the type of chart information you want to see on your display, zoom in or out without losing clarity and regenerate relatively quickly. These charts are ideal for units with limited storage capacity, displays that are small and limited in resolution.
There are two types of vector charts produced in data card format, C-Map and Navionics. The plotter manufacturer's specifications will note which chart cartridges are compatible with their units. Several chart manufacturers are now offering vector charts on CD-ROM with which you can download a particular geographic area, aids to navigation, etc. until the chartplotter's memory is full.
Displays (LCD or CRT)
The Display screens are measured on the diagonal as are TV screens and can range in size from 3.5 to 15 inches, in monochrome or color. Screen size, type, resolution and contrast are factors that will influence how well you can read the screen in a variety of light conditions. High-resolution and high-contrast monochrome displays with backlighting offer good visibility in a variety of lighting conditions but all displays are best used in subdued lighting. Another contributory factor to visibility is the screen type: LCD or CRT.
CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) displays have a higher pixel count (full VGA) than LCDs, with bright, high-contrast screens that are readable in most light conditions - except bright sunlight. CRT displays require more space that LCDs.
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screens are available
in either monochrome or color, but the color display will
have readability limitations in daylight conditions, especially
in direct sunlight.
The most modern 10-inch Keyed Chartplotter by Garmin TM(on photo below) is designed with 10-inch color SVGA display and gives you the flexibility and freedom to select from several transducers, including CHIRP, traditional, or all in one HD-ID/Down sonar.
Because LCDs are thin and lightweight, they're suited to locations where space is at a premium. Most LCDs are described in the manufacturer's specifications as either full VGA (Video Graphics Adapter) or ¼ VGA. Full VGA consists of 640 X 480 pixels usually found in the larger displays, and ¼ VGA offers only 320 X 240 pixels found on the handheld and portable units. The LCD monochrome screen is a good choice for use in most lighting conditions.