The GPS Store - Blog
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Furuno 1670F / 1870F Now in Stock!
The newest units from Furuno are now in stock and available for immediate shipment! Choose from the Furuno 1670F 5.7" Color Chartplotter/ Fishfinder Combination unit or the Furuno 1870F 7" Color Chartplotter/ Fishfinder Combination unit. Both are C-Map Max 4D Compatible and offer a 600W/1kW Fishfinder dependent on transducer selected reaching depths of 5,000 ft.
Monday, May 06, 2013
15th Anniversary Sale Starts Now!!!
Don't Miss all the savings available now thru Saturday May 11, 2013 - Visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-477-2611. Our Staff is ready to assist you with all your GPS needs!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Latest and greatest 5" Garmin Nuvi Now in Stock!!!
The Nuvi 3597LMTHD offers a 5" display, Lifetime Maps and HD Digital traffic, Voice Activation, Lane Assist with junction view, Smartphone Link and So So much more! The wait is over, gets yours today at TheGPSStore.com!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Garmin quatix Marine GPS Watch - In Stock !!!
Garmin quatix GPS watch includes a Preloaded worldwide basemap and accepts up to 1,000 waypoints it also includes an altimeter, barometer, 3-Axis compass and temp sensor and can wirelessly share data with other compatible Garmin marine products and apps. Get yours today, available for immediate shipping!
Monday, April 15, 2013
ACR 2844 EPIRB Sale, Going On NOW!
ACR 2844 Category II GlobalFix PRO 406 GPS Epirb is a must have safety device for anyone boating, cruising or fishing in a large lake or off the coast. The primary job for an EPIRB is to send a distress signal to the SARSAT (Search And Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking) satellite system. The ACR 2844 Global Fix Pro 406 is a category II manual release EPIRB. A manual release EPIRB is perfect for a ditch bag or mounting in an out-of-the-way place like in a console or under a hard top. Manual EPIRBs are designed to be activated by the user by flipping a switch located on the top of the unit. Category II EPIRBs can also activate if they are removed from the included bracket and submerged in water.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Lowrance Link8 with AIS and DSC Now Available
Rugged and Waterproof, the Lowrance Link8 VHF with AIS and DSC is now in stock and available for immediate shipment! NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 compatible the Link8 includes a dual channel AIS receiver that will send AIS target information like call sign, ship name, bearing, distance and more right to your chartplotter!
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Just Announced - Delorme inReach SE 2 Way Satellite Communication
The newest addition to the inReach line. Delorme has announced the inReach SE - two way satellite communciation with a virtual keyboard and color display so that you can easily send and receive text messages, connect to Twitter and Facebook and more. Click HERE for more information!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Furuno's Spring 2013 MASSIVE rebate event is now in progress!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Navionics Videos Explain Sonar Charts and Freshest Data
Friday, February 22, 2013
Get Your GlobalStar Satellite Phone today!
GlobalStar has announced that their Special Evolution II Satellite Phone plan with UNLIMITED minutes for 1 year at $39.99 will be expiring February 28th, 2013 - This is your last shot to take advantage of this great deal GlobalStar is offering before pricing increases. New Pricing will be announced March 1, 2013 so hurry and get yours today before its too late.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Garmin Nuvi 40LM now on Sale
$99.95 for a large 4.3" touchscreen display. Preloaded with US Maps with Lifetime Map updates.
Get your Garmin Nuvi 40LM today! Pricing valid thru February 25, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Progressive Atlantic City Boat show starts today!
The Atlantic City Boat shows starts NOW!!!
Monday, January 28, 2013
Affordability meets dependability ... All New Sitex SVS -750
Looking for a reliable High performance Sonar at an affordable price? Look no further. The Sitex SVS-750 is now in stock and available for immediate shipment. Click here for more details.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Redesigned Garmin Nuvi 42/52 Series now in stock
The new redesigned Garmin Nuvi 42/52 Series are now in stock. Get yours today at TheGPSStore.com
Certain Models (42LM & 52LM) include lifetime maps!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Garmin Announces New quatix Marine GPS Watch
Learn more about this innovated and unique GPS watch here!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Choosing the Right Radar for your Boat
Choosing The Right Radar
Your Boat and Your Needs
Boaters today have more choices than ever when it comes to radar technology for their boats. So it’s more important than ever that they choose wisely, for a couple of good reasons. First, radar represents a significant investment in equipment that boaters will likely live with for many seasons. Second, it’s an important piece of technology that, when properly used, has a direct role in safe navigation.
Boaters considering the purchase of a radar have to decide which of the many options is best for their vessel, their needs and their budget. This is where the guidance of an experienced boater and NMEA-certified expert can be immeasurably useful — helping boaters locate the radar that will satisfy their needs for the long run.
“When I assist customers with the selection process, I begin by asking a series of questions that help us figure out what will best meet their needs,” said Brian Rock of The GPS Store. “While the best choice for any given boater isn’t always the biggest or most expensive system, you also don’t want to make a significant investment in technology that you’re going to outgrow as you gain more experience and spend more time on the water.”
Rock recommends asking yourself these five key questions when searching for a marine radar:
1. What will you use your radar for?
In addition to frequency of operation, you need to think about what you will be using your radar for. If your primary concern is navigating safely through occasional fog or leaving/returning to port in the dark, a less expensive radar dome will meet your needs. If your style of boating has you steaming at night (or any limited visibility conditions) through heavily trafficked waters, you’ll need to track multiple vessels and monitor their movement in relation to you. Features that enhance these capabilities should be high on your wish list. If you’re a serious offshore sportfisherman looking for flocks of distant birds, pinpointing other fishing vessels, or locating weather fronts between you and home, you’re going to prefer the range and target definition that a powerful open array system provides.
2. How often will you use your radar?
If you’re a casual boater or fisherman who isn’t often going to leave the dock before dawn or stay out overnight, one of today’s “basic” radar systems, or adding radar function to a multi-function system, will likely provide the performance you need. Likewise if you’re a “fair-weather boater” not predisposed to heading out in fog or approaching storms. Today’s entry-level radar options will help you navigate through an occasional surprise fog bank or find your way home after dark. On the other hand, if you are the type who cruises/fishes often at night and heads out come hell or high water, you’ll be using your radar more frequently. And you’ll naturally want and expect more features and capabilities from your radar as you gain more experience and confidence operating it.
3. Stand alone radar or multi-function system?
Adding radar to one of today’s advanced multi-function navigation systems is an affordable and practical way to get color radar technology on your boat. There are pros and cons to going this route, and multi-function displays aren’t the best option for every boater. Using an MFD radar saves valuable helm space while providing a wide array of radar capabilities. It’s also a good choice if overlaying radar onto your electronic charts is important to you. On the minus side, operating the radar features is usually less intuitive than the controls of a dedicated radar. And if the MFD goes down for any reason, you’ve lost everything, including radar. If you boat frequently, are a heavy user of radar features and prefer to have a fully dedicated display (like many commercial users), a stand alone radar will likely satisfy your needs better.
4. How much space do you have?
Any boater’s wants, needs and desires have to be tempered with the reality of available space onboard. As much as you might want to pinpoint a single seagull at 30 miles, it’s not practical to mount a 4-foot open array antenna on a 20-foot center console (although it’s been tried). Whether open array or dome style, radar antennas need be free of obstruction and mounted above objects such as rod holders, life rafts, lighting, etc. This can often be achieved using aftermarket mounts designed for the purpose. You also need to consider the safety issue of radar scanner proximity/location to vessel occupants. Too many times we see boaters driving from upper stations with a radome humming away between their legs. We shouldn’t have to tell you why that’s a bad idea. Space considerations/mounting options at the helm also dictate the size/type of display you can use, and whether or not it makes sense to go the stand alone or Multi-Function Display (MFD) route.
5. How much do you want to spend?
This is one of the biggest questions boaters must face when choosing a radar. For most of us, it’s a significant investment, and budget limitations often end up being the great tiebreaker. You can add radar capability to many MFDs for about $1,000. Stand alone radars that will provide more features and menu options begin at around $1,200 and can go way up from there. The right amount to spend is whatever it takes to get the features that will matter most to you — without overspending on features you’ll rarely if ever use. Conversely, if you save money initially but quickly find yourself wanting/needing features your radar doesn’t deliver, you’ll quickly become dissatisfied. And buying something twice is never a wise business decision. If you and your dealer work as a team to figure out the answers to questions 1-4, you’ll have a much better idea what you really need. From there, it’s just a matter of narrowing down the brands/models that give you what you need at the best price.
“Here’s an important piece of advice I tell all our customers, said Rock. “Whichever radar system you settle on, make sure to practice with the equipment often in clear, daylight conditions, using all the main functions and features. This is the best time to learn how to operate your radar, not when you need it for safety.”
The GPS Store sells a wide variety of radar systems from all major manufacturers such as Furuno, Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad, Lowrance, and SI-TEX. Its trained staff is happy to help boaters select the best match for their needs, boating lifestyle and budget. Visit www.TheGPSStore.com or call customer service at (910) 575-9544.
For more useful information about marine electronics products, how to use them and how to get the most from them, contact the experts at The GPS Store, Inc. at (800) 477-2611 or visit online at www.TheGPSStore.com.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Furuno FCV627 and FCV587 Now In Stock!
Check out the Brand New Furuno FCV627 and FCV587 Color Digital Fishfinders. With a High Resolution Display, Accu-Fish Technology and New Bottom Discrimination Mode, These units are sure to make you a better fisherman.