Finding the best 2012 Marine GPS Unit for your boat has never been easier. Below you will find the best Marine GPS units you’ll see this year.
These latest GPS systems from Garmin have a wide panoramic display and they are fully driven by preloaded menu with a touchscreen and radar interface. These chartplotters are very compact and are of great value to any boat. They feature a 7 inch, sleek color display and a built-in high sensitivity receiver. The Garmin GPSMAP 740 series are preloaded with marine base map. They also have offshore maps of all coastal areas. NMEA 2000 connectivity helps to monitor the engine, autopilot, VHF, fuel and other data. An exclusive feature of the 740s is they have a digital sounder which has a built-in 1,000 watt sonar. This powerful sonar can detect any structure, fish or any item lurking down in the sea. They can even detect objects lying under 2,000 feet. The 7 inch screen makes it easier to read the map.The graphics is also great. There is so much to be explored with this unit.
The 898c SI features a brilliant color, high resolution 7-inch display. They also feature side imaging, GPS chartplotting with built-in ContourXD mapping, advanced Fishing System capabilities and DualBeam Plus sonar with 8,000 watt power output. The additional features of these units are 3 programmable preset buttons which helps you to save your favorite views, dual card slots for maps and saving waypoints. Familiarizing yourself with the settings and operations will save you time when you are on the sea. The side imaging is amazing; it can go out to 250 feet on either side of the boat.
These Garmin GPS units include preloaded marine maps and marine cartography. They utilize the BlueChart g2 technology. They feature a 5-inch color display and they chartplotter serves as a standalone plotter which delivers weather radar and sonar. The soft key is a convenient option that allows you to assign any feature to a selected key. The new generation BlueChart allows you to choose between 3D ‘mainer’s-eye-view’ and 2D direct-overhead view, which makes chart reading easier.
These are compact chartplotters which feature a 4-inch color display and built-in satellite base maps. They have an improved high speed digital design which helps in increasing the speed of panning and map drawing. Additional features and functions like high resolution imagery, auto guidance and 3-D views is made possible by adding the BlueChart g2 Vision cards.
The GPSMAP 421s features an ultra-bright 4-inch QVGA display with an improved digital design for faster panning and map drawing. They have a built-in satellite enhanced world wide base map. You can navigate the waters with ease with the Garmin’s easy to use interface. The single memory card slot allows you to use a BlueChart g2 Vision card which provides additional features like marine chart detail, auto guidance, 3-D mariner’s eye-view, satellite imagery etc.
The Hummingbird 385ci is a high technology, compact GPS system which fits into smaller spaces when you do not have the space for bigger fishfinders. The Dualbeam sonar makes available the best picture and a wide coverage of the sea bottom. The internal GPS and built-in UniMap show your exact position. The built-in card slot allows you to get an enhanced navigation and map detail.
There are many more advanced types of GPS systems which help in making navigational decisions about how to reach your destination most expeditiously.