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|GPS & SAILING the
Smart Guide to Smart Sailing
Good nautical charts and GPS mapping software makes planning easy. You can gather information about sights to see, places to visit, navigation waypoints, anchorage information, lists of marinas in the area, and a whole host of other information. Study the charts of the region prior to departure so that your tentative route is ready and so that you know all of the alternate anchorages and approaches just in case you have to change your plans mid-trip.
In case of a man overboard situation a GPS unit can mark the exact place where the event occurred greatly assisting rescue crews.
What do I need?
With mapping database of waterways, rivers, lakes, fixed nautical markers, buoys and lighthouses you have an easy way to view your longitude, latitude, bearing and knots per hour. The capability of accepting waypoints is a great feature. Waypoints are the Latitude & Longitude coordinates of any. Once a waypoint is entered you can get the unit to give you range and bearing (distance and direction) to that waypoint from your present location.
What accessories should
Knowing weather and climate information is important for your safety. Consider something like the Kestrel Weather Instruments which can tell you different things such as wind velocity, barometric pressure, temperature, etc. They are waterproof and they float.
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