2023 Boat Show Calendar Now Available!

With 2022 coming to a close, it’s a good time to consider next years Boat Show calendar. We attend several Boat Shows throughout the year- take a look at the calendar below. We hope you’ll make plans to come see us!

Lowrance Releases New HDS PRO Series

Lowrance recently announced their all new HDS PRO series. These new network chartplotter fishfinders are expected to arrive at The GPS Store, Inc. in early 2023. The HDS PRO displays are SolarMAX IPS HD and provide viewability in extreme angles and through polarized lenses. Featuring new Active Imaging HD 3-in-1 sonar and preloaded CMAP DISCOVER OnBoard charts- the new HDS PRO series provides unmatched sonar clarity and detailed charts. The all new Lowrance Active Imaging HD transducer provides ultra-high-definition sonar for the clearest images of fish a structure with Lowrance CHIRP sonar. The HDS PRO series is compatible with the new ActiveTarget 2 Live Sonar System. Add a second system for more simultaneous view (Only with the new HDS PRO series). The HDS PRO series is available in 9″, 10″, 12″, and 16″ displays. Shop the Lowrance HDS PRO series here.

Thanksgiving is Right Around the Corner!

Temps have dropped here in North Carolina which means Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in order to spend time with family and friends but will be on the phones bright and early Friday for our Black Friday Sale.

Go ahead and shop- hundreds of Black Friday deals are already LIVE. There’s no need to wait on these early deals! Shop Early Deals here.

We have exclusive specials from Garmin, Raymarine, FLIR, Simrad, Lowrance and others with free shipping on almost everything! Get them before they sell out as inventory is limited on many of these specials. All Black Friday offers will be live on Thanksgiving Day!

Exciting News, Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Software Updates and New Garmin GPSMAP Series!

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show starts today! Come visit us at booth 653 in the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Booth 653. The boat shows are always a great time to see what’s new in the industry.

Speaking of what’s new…Garmin just released their all new Garmin GPSMAP GN+ series of multifunction displays with new preloaded Garmin Navionics+ Charts for the US and Canada. These built-in charts provide Auto Guidance+ routing with improved paths and free daily updates for 1-year via the free Garmin ActiveCaptain app. The Premier chart option for these new GN+ MFD’s is the Garmin Navionics Vision+ software, sold in large regions for an amazing value. (Garmin Navionics Vision+ software sold separately)

In exciting industry news- Furuno was recently honored with 5 NMEA Awards including Best Radar for their DRS4DNXT, Best Fish Finder for their DFF3D Multi Beam Sonar and Best NMEA 2000 Sensor with their SCX20 High Precision Satellite Compass. Over the past 50 years Furuno has won 247 awards!

Furuno has released new software updates for the TZTouch and GP1871F/1971F series. Update your software for free from Furuno’s website to ensure support for new enhancements! Take a look at Furuno’s software update YouTube video here.

As October comes to a close, we are gearing up for Black Friday, our biggest sale of the year! You can expect exclusive deals and some of the most competitive pricing on electronics out there. As always, we are available to help you with product selection from small standalone systems, to large marine packages, outdoor electronics and car, motorcycle and off-road GPS.

Our boat show team had a great time at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis last week. Next up- the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Buy tickets and view show information here. The Fort Lauderdale show begins Wednesday October 26th and runs through Sunday October 30th. We will be located in the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Navy Zone in Booth 653. Come see us at the show! This will be our last boat show of the year. We will kick off 2023 with the Miami International Boat Show in February 2023.

Garmin Releases New September 2022 Marine Software Update

Garmin is continually working to improve the performance of their marine electronics via routine software updates. Software updates allow for compatibility with new features, products and can resolve previous software issues.

The Garmin September 2022 Marine Software Update includes:

Chart Orientation feature allowing users to use a combo screen with two navigation charts each with a different chart orientation. This feature allows for an enhanced user experience designed specifically for your boating needs. The new Chart Orientation feature is compatible with current Garmin GPSMAP series MFD’s.

Mercury Engine Overlay Bar adds advanced engine detail monitoring for Oil and Transmission fluid levels. A new Mercury Engine Overlay Bar will display when a Mercury gateway is detected. This bar allows for easy viewing of important engine data. Feature available on all current GPSMAP and ECHOMAP series displays.

Third Party MFD Input Support via EmpirBus Connect 50. Third party inputs, keypads, steering wheels and button keypads can be programmed as remote input devices. Feature available on all current GPSMAP series MFD’s.

Improved On-Screen Radar Control for Rain and Sea Clutter is now available on current model GPSMAP series displays. Rain Clutter and Sea Clutter icons are now easier to recognize!

Fusion Media Combos Support and Group Global Zone makes it easier than ever to enable the Fusion PartyBus feature on 2 or more stereos. Compatible radios include MS RA770, MS RA670, MS WB670, MS SRX400 and MS ERX400.

New Voice Control Commands include over a dozen new commands allowing for quick access to vital information. The USB Voice Control Dongle is required. This new feature is available for current Garmin GPSMAP 8600 and GPSMAP 7×3,9×3,12×3 MFD’s.

Download the software here!

Boat Show Season is Here! Visit us in Annapolis Next Week.

Temperatures are dropping here in North Carolina. With the summer now behind us, boat show season is upon us. We will be exhibiting at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD next week. Show dates are October 13-17, 2022. Our booth will be located in Tent B 8 at City Dock in downtown historic Annapolis. Digital tickets are now available for purchase. Read more about the show here.

Once we return from the United States Sailboat Show, we will begin preparing for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Fort Lauderdale show will run from October 26-30/ We will be located in Booth 653 in the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Navy Zone. Read more about the show here.

Boat Show season is an exciting time for us. We enjoy the opportunity to interact with our customers in person and catch up with old industry friends. Our boat show sales team will be available to help put together marine packages, answer questions and make recommendations on the right products to suit your needs.

Garmin Releases New inReach Messenger Satellite Communicator

Today Garmin announced their newest product within the inReach product line. The Garmin inReach Messenger is a satellite communicator that seamlessly switches from Wi-Fi wireless networking and cellular/satellite networks resulting in a cost-efficient communication solution. Two-way messaging and interactive SOS location sharing is a breeze with the inReach Messenger. The small, on-device display will give you peace of mind knowing that your SOS has been sent. Draft detailed messages through the Garmin Messenger Smartphone app, or send preset messages and GPS location directly from the Messenger. The inReach messenger has an internal, rechargeable battery that provides up to 28 days of battery life in the 10-minute tracking mode and can even provide safety charging to help recover a phone with a low battery life.

So how does the inReach Messenger differ from the inReach Mini 2?

The inReach Mini 2 allows users to send waypoints to MapShare during a trip, or send route selections to MapShare. The inreach Mini 2 allows for the creation of breadcrumb trails, while the Messenger does not. The inreach Mini 2 features a digital compass, while the Messenger does not. The inReach Mini 2 pairs with the Garmin Explore app for trip planning, access to mapping and more! The Garmin inreach Messenger uses the Garmin Messenger app.

Learn more about the Garmin inReach Messenger. inReach Subscription required and sold separately.


Raymarine Releases New Raymarine Mobile App for iOS

Raymarine has released their all new Raymarine Mobile app for iOS devices. This new app is free and available for download through the App Store.

The app features the ability to stream and control your Axiom, eS or gS series display remotely from anywhere onboard. This feature is provided using the built-in WiFi within the display. This new feature practically allows your iPad or compatible smartphone to serve as a secondary display.

Backup and share waypoints, routes, tracks and screenshots from your Raymarine Axiom to your smartphone or tablet. The app also allows users to manage LightHouse Charts directly from the mobile device to your Raymarine Axiom. Redeem Lighthouse Charts vouchers, manage your charting experience and more.

Upgrade your app to Premium to enjoy remote monitoring by combining the Raymarine YachtSense Link Marine Cloud Router with the new Raymarine app. Monitor your boat remotely and view real-time nav data while onboard. The Raymarine app supports the entire YachtSense Series, allowing for control of your YachtSense Digital elements.

While the app is currently only available for iOS devices, Raymarine plans to release an app compatible with Andriod devices. The Raymarine app can control a single display and is best supported by iOS 13.2 and later.

Want to learn more? Give us a call at 1-800-477-2611.