Six Ways a GPS Helps Any Boater
We never boat without a GPS -- even in small lakes where navigation is a matter of point and steer. Why put a GPS on your inland-operated boat?
1. It's like having an extra set of eyes on board that can see in the dark and below the surface. On our trip, we avoided unexpected underwater obstacles identified on our electronic chart, but not visible from above. That saved us an expensive outboard gear case and stainless-steel prop -- paying for our entire navigation system several times over.
2. With a detailed internal chart like the C-Map in our Navman, an amazing amount of information that will make boating safer and more fun scrolls across the screen and constantly updates the boat's position.
3. Should you find an obstacle or a landmark not on the chart, you can add it with a few button punches.
4. You can save favorite mooring locations and return to them with incredible precision. Share the waypoint with friends for a surefire rendezvous.
5. Mark great fishing spots and return to them easily the next day, month or year. When fish hit our trolled lures, we punch the "man overboard" button to instantly capture the location.
6. You'll soon develop an itch to test your navigation skills in more challenging waters.