Marine Professionals Incorporated (MPI) The Most Convenient, First Class Solution for Boat Owners Mon, 05 Oct 2020 19:38:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Prevent Marine Theft Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:35:00 +0000 The safety and security of your vessel are always of the greatest importance. While it …

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The safety and security of your vessel are always of the greatest importance. While it is not something that many boat owners want to focus on, the fact is that marine theft does occur. Being prepared is the best way to prevent marine theft. If your boat is not properly protected, you could suffer the consequences. Here are some key points to understand about marine theft, and how to prevent it.

A majority of marine theft that occurs is not theft of the vessel, but of the outboard engines and electronic components. In order to keep your vessel from being tampered with, there are several things that boat owners should do:

  • Always use multiple locks – Make sure to have locks on your trailer, cover, and various other key points throughout your vessel
  • Use a boat cover – When not in use, protect your boat using a secured, full boat cover
  • Leave valuables off of the boat – Never leave any loose valuable items in view or unattended 
  • Invest in insurance – This goes without saying, but insurance is necessary to have, as you want to be protected should anything happen to your boat

In addition to the precautions listed above, MPI recommends installing a security system onto your vessel. A security system is a key component to ensuring the protection of your boat, as it is a huge deterrent for any thief. Florida is a top state for boating, so it makes sense that the amount of theft cases is higher here. When a vessel is stolen, the recovery rate is extremely low, and that is why installing a proper security system on your boat is an essential step in preventing marine theft.

A marine security system is a priority, as your boat is often left unattended for long periods of time. Marine Professionals Inc. understands a boat owner’s need for security and peace of mind when it comes to protecting their vessel. When deciding on the security system that is right for your boat, Companies like GOST or SIREN are leaders in the marine industry. They both offer a wide range of main security devices that help boat owners prevent marine theft.

GOST offers the top of the line boat security, which MPI proudly installs. The most comprehensive GOST security system is the Apparition SM XVR GPS. It is equipped with sensors and motion detectors, which set off alarms if they get tripped. These sensors can be installed and mounted on doors, hatches, companionways, or even the liquor cabinet. This means you can scare off thieves the second they step aboard or touch on anything. 

The video feeds with the Apparition SM XVR GPS also offers live mobile streaming and high-definition recording, which boat owners can access at any time. Should any theft occur, you will have a recording that you can quickly and easily turn over to law enforcement. In addition, GOST’s Nav-Tracker lets you see your boat’s exact GPS coordinates in real-time, so even if you are a victim of marine theft, law enforcement can track down the vessel almost instantly.

MPI knows the importance of preventing your vessel from marine theft. Our skilled team regularly handles security system installs for clients. We are able to install any type of boat security camera or system onto your vessel. Marine Professionals Inc. has the ability to customize each security system to fit each vessels’ specific needs, and allow boat owners the peace of mind they deserve.

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All About WiFi on Your Boat Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:30:00 +0000 Among all of the technology you can have on your boat, Wi-Fi is by far …

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Among all of the technology you can have on your boat, Wi-Fi is by far one of the most important. There are a variety of devices that can be used onboard that rely on a strong Wi-Fi connection to work properly. Integrating Wi-Fi on your boat is a key process and you don’t want to miss anything or set anything up incorrectly, resulting in problems while out on the water. If you are interested in setting up an onboard system for your vessel, here is everything you need to know about Wi-Fi on your boat.

Having the internet on a boat can be useful in many ways. With access to Wi-Fi, boat owners can use their phone as a chart plotter, or can even change the settings on their fishfinder. It also allows for real-time weather updates, which is essential information out on the water. With access to the internet on a boat, you can connect any of your onboard devices, like your multifunction display, with other devices, allowing you to stay informed of your surroundings and any changing conditions.

There are several options when it comes to incorporating Wi-Fi on your vessel. There are essentially three ways to access the internet on a boat. Boat owners can choose to connect to a Wi-Fi signal while at a marina, use their cell Wi-Fi signal during intercoastal cruising, or set up a satellite signal so that they have access to the internet no matter where you are.

Dock Wi-Fi while at a marina
The first, and least expensive option, is land-based Wi-Fi, which works well if you’re in a marina with a strong Wi-Fi network, or near a publicly accessible hot spot. Many marinas offer Wi-Fi hotspots for boat owners to connect to, offering free Wi-Fi during your stay. The drawbacks to this option are that you will only have internet access while at the marina, but not out on the water, and you could run into issues if the Wi-Fi signal isn’t strong enough.

Cell Wi-Fi for intercoastal cruising
The second option for accessing the internet on your boat is using the connection from your cell phone as a hotspot. You could also use a dedicated hotspot device, such as MiFi. This can be set up through your cell phone service provider. This type of DIY connection works well during intercoastal cruising, but as you move farther offshore, the signal will get weaker until connectivity is lost.  This option is ideal for those that generally remain close to shore while on the water.

SAT Wi-Fi for your vessel
The third and most involved option is incorporating a satellite communication system onto your boat that will allow you to connect to the internet from anywhere while out on the water. A satellite system can get pricey, due to the coverage that is required. And the location and signal strength are definitely worth considering, and they will determine the amount of delay you will experience when connecting your onboard devices. However, the vast and seamless coverage can get pricey. Satellite systems are not intended for DIY set-up and require professional installation.

The options for being able to have internet access on a boat vary based on the use and expectations of the boat owner. Having internet on a boat and being able to have your boat connected provides some major advantages for boat owners when out on the water. The enhanced communication that is available offers both convenience and security of everyone on board. 

MPI works with our clients to get them set up with any of the options they feel is best for their situation. We can recommend and install any type of Wi-Fi system that is needed in order to be able to access the internet on a boat. In many cases, adding limited Wi-Fi to your boat could be a simple matter of upgrading your current electronics system. Speak with the professionals at MPI and learn everything you need to know about Wi-Fi on your boat.

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Depth Sounders Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:26:00 +0000 Choosing which marine electronics to incorporate onto your boat is always an important decision. There …

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Choosing which marine electronics to incorporate onto your boat is always an important decision. There is no shortage of devices and technology available, and the decision can easily become overwhelming. You must consider the size of your boat, the intended use, and the key features and benefits you are looking for in order to select the best marine electronics for your situation. The last thing you want to do is incorporate unnecessary devices that require time and attention and take away from your overall boating experience.

When it comes to marine electronics, most boat owners are looking for devices that are double-duty, and offer the benefits of two, or possibly more, devices into one. This streamlines and simplifies the boating experience, and avoids cluttering your boat with unwanted devices. A perfect example of a device that offers the benefits of several devices in one, and is perfect for all vessels, is a depth sounder.

A depth sounder is a popular device when it comes to marine electronics. It uses a SONAR system to aid in marine navigation to determine the depth of any body of water, and locate objects beneath the surface. They do this by transmitting a pulse into the water and measuring the rate of return of the sound. There are many models of depth sounders available, and depending on the model chosen, the data can be returned to the device as simple depth measurements, or in some cases, even 3D images.

Depth sounders are very useful when used as a navigational and charting aid. They provide boat owners with a sense of safety and security, as they highlight any solid, static objects below the water around, and even ahead, of the boat. Depth sounders also come in handy when you are looking for anchorage so you know the ideal places to anchor your boat. 

While a very basic depth sounder simply measures the depth and temperature of the surrounding water, a more advanced model can do much more. Many depth sounders also include multiple fishing settings, making them an ideal choice for anglers. They can be used as a fish finder, with some models even providing a live view of the bottom of a body of water. A depth sounder that incorporates these fishing settings is designed to identify an object that is denser than the surrounding water, not just static objects.

With the variety of models and features available when it comes to depth sounders, there is a model that is ideal for everyone. The two major brands in the industry, Garmin and Raymarine, both have models that are specifically designed to be used for navigation, as a fishing aid, and even more. Each available model varies in screen size, resolution, GPS navigation, imagery, and extra features, and with all of the choices, it is easy to find the perfect depth sounder to fit your needs and your budget.

Having a depth sounder onboard is a key marine electronic that aids in navigation, fishing, diving, and provides an added level of safety to any boating experience. MPI can assist in the decision of which depth sounder is ideal for you and your boating situation. We are able to install any model of depth sounder onto a vessel, as well as train boat owners on how to best use the device, in order to make any experience on the water safer and more enjoyable.

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Autopilot: More Useful Than You think Fri, 04 Sep 2020 19:22:00 +0000 When it comes to marine electronics and fishing, there are many devices available to enhance …

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When it comes to marine electronics and fishing, there are many devices available to enhance the experience. Most anglers understand the importance of these devices, especially some type of marine radar. While a marine radar can be extremely useful in navigating the water at night or in foggy conditions, there is another form of marine technology that can help tremendously. That technology is autopilot. In situations where visibility is low, or perhaps non-existent, autopilot is invaluable, and much more useful than you think.

A marine autopilot is a specially designed marine electronic that can self-steer a vessel and follow any pre-set courses that have been established. Oftentimes, boat owners think of marine autopilot devices as a non-essential, luxury item to have on board, but nothing could be further from the truth. These devices are necessary to ensure the safety of the vessel, and those on board.

There is a large variety of marine autopilots on the market. While there are several base features each model is equipped with, additional features vary by device. When selecting the model that best fits your needs, there are a few factors to consider that will help guide your decision. 

  1. The size of the vessel
  2. Desired features
  3. DIY installation vs. professional installation
  4. Preferred brand

The benefits of using a marine autopilot on your vessel are quite substantial. With these benefits, it is easy to see that using autopilot is more useful than you think. Here are some of the biggest benefits of using and autopilot on your fishing boat:

  • Saves time on the water – Using autopilot allows boat owners to cruise without a crew and even perform other on-board duties while the device is essentially steering the vessel, and taking you to your predetermined destination.
  • Ensures safety – It is inevitable that boat owners will experience fatigue at some point during their time on the water. This could lead to getting distracted, or potentially making costly mistakes. Marine autopilots are an essential device on long offshore runs to keep everyone safe.
  • Increases fuel efficiency – By using a marine autopilot, you can cruise in the straightest course possible towards your destination. This is something that would not be possible otherwise, given the wind, weather, and changing current you would normally have to account for. 
  • Improved fishing experience – autopilot is an essential component for anyone that does any offshore fishing. Many advanced models are able to execute a variety of complex trolling patterns, making the overall fishing experience much more successful and enjoyable.
  • Now have self-learning autopilots – With the technology built into certain marine autopilot models, you have the ability to continually optimize your autopilot settings and courses. Garmin even has a watch that can steer your boat, making autopilot easily accessible in any situation.

Installing an autopilot device onto your vessel is a smart investment. Autopilot is more useful than you think, as it allows boat owners to enjoy a safer, more efficient experience while on the water. There is an autopilot out there that is ideal for you and your boating situation. The marine professionals at MPI can recommend the best autopilot for your vessel and can handle the install as well. Improve your boating experience with autopilot.

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When You Should Update Marine Electronics Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:02:08 +0000 Every boat owner has various electronics on board to assist them when on the water. …

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Every boat owner has various electronics on board to assist them when on the water. When it comes to marine electronics, there are many different products that are available for boat owners. The most common being chart-plotters, sonar, GPS, lighting systems, and sound systems, just to name a few. Each product has a purpose and an importance, and are chosen based on the boat owners needs. Marine electronics not only keep you safe, but can make your boating experience much more enjoyable.

The development and improvement of these marine electronics tend to happen at a rapid rate. It seems that there are constantly new advancements being made. With more data and feedback being received, new products are created and released to accommodate the demand. As with anything else, there is a certain lifespan when it comes to marine electronics. Every so often, boat owners do need to consider if it is necessary to upgrade and replace their current electronics on board.

When deciding when you should update your marine electronics, there are three main factors to consider, among others. The most important factors in the decision to update include safety, technology, and compatibility. In taking some time and analyzing where your current electronics fall in these categories, you will know when it is time for an upgrade.  

The first thing to consider when deciding to upgrade your on board electronics is safety.  Oftentimes, marine electronics are used to keep everyone on board as safe as possible. The bottom of a body of water can change at any time due to a number of factors, such as sand moving from tides, or even a hurricane changing the land layout. The newest chart plotters allow boat owners to get extremely accurate readings in any body of water, but that wasn’t always the case. By updating your electronics, you can ensure that the boat will not encounter any unknown waters, and keep everyone on board safe. 

The next factor to consider when upgrading marine electronics is technology. Simply put, outdated technology will not work as well, or as efficiently, as newer technology. For some boat owners, it can be tough to let go of equipment that you are comfortable with, and have grown accustomed to using. However, by not upgrading, you could be missing out on something more efficient and easier to use that you may like even more. Take advantage of the upgrades in technology when it comes to your marine electronics.  

Another key factor to consider is overall compatibility. Onboard marine electronics often work together as a system. If there is not a clear compatibility with all of your devices, not only is it a lack of efficiency, but it could be a source of frustration. Make sure that all of your marine electronics work together and that you are able to integrate each item on your vessel without any issues. If you find there are any compatibility issues, it may be time to update.

It is important to be aware of when you should update your marine electronics to ensure the safety of everyone on board, exercise efficiency, and have the most enjoyable boating experience possible. If you are unsure when you should update certain marine electronics, you can always reach out to a marine service professional at MPI for help. Trusted marine professionals can guide you in your decision and answer any questions that you may have. 

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Raymarine New Axiom Plus and Lighthouse Charts Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:35:04 +0000 Multifunction Navigation Displays (MFDs) are common marine electronics used on most vessels.  Whether you are …

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Multifunction Navigation Displays (MFDs) are common marine electronics used on most vessels.  Whether you are an avid fisherman, seasoned sailor, or just out for relaxing cruise, a navigation system is a necessity. These systems provide boat owners with instant access to much needed information while on the water, helping boat owners to stay informed. New features for MFDs are always being developed, and because of this, Raymarine has just released the newest line of Multifunction Navigation Displays, the Axiom+.

The brand new line, Axiom+, incorporates everything boat owners have enjoyed most about Axiom MFDs, with the newest technology available. Axiom+ offers users superior visibility and an upgraded overall performance compared to its previous models. The system comes equipped with four built-in sonar channels and an ultra sensitive GPS receiver, so users can enjoy more complete underwater views and achieve more accurate navigation than ever before.

When it comes to the new line of Axiom MFD’s, the Axiom+ offers some major benefits over previous models, such as:

  • An LCD that is 25% brighter than previous models. Users are able to see much more clearly in low-light situations or at night.
  • Improved clarity and wider viewing angles. The Axiom+ offers a wider range of viewing with less restrictions.
  • HydroTough™ technology. Improved touch screen performance with a ruggedized, nano-coated display. This provides enhanced impact resistance, repels water and oil, and enables accurate touch control in all weather conditions.
  • Powerful quad-core processor. No lag time or waiting when accessing maps or other features on the system.
  • ClearCruise™ Augmented Reality-capable. Users are able to make smarter navigation decisions with navigation objects overlaid directly onto the Axiom+ display.

In addition to the upgraded Axiom+ line, Raymarine has developed a new electronic catalog of LightHouse Charts. Raymarine LightHouse Charts offer increased clarity and customization when it comes to marine navigation. The charts have been developed using official hydrographic sources, and allow users to alternate between government-style charts or a leisure chart view. LightHouse Charts offer the ability to easily respond to marine traffic or other real world objects.

The Axiom+ Multifunction Navigation Display and Raymarine LightHouse Charts can be used together seamlessly, for both recreational and professional applications. Boat owners can also choose between four chart color pallets, which are optimized for bright sun, dusk, and nighttime lighting conditions. Raymarine users can also take advantage of a LightHouse Premium subscription which allows complete access to chart updates and enhanced satellite imagery,  this can all be paired seamlessly with the Navionics App. With the navionics app boaters can plan and make routes at home, and wirelessly share the Route with the Axioms Screens by simply sharing.

The Axiom+ line of multifunction navigation displays are designed for quick responsiveness and ease of use. The displays are available in 7”, 9”, 12” or 24’’ models, so no matter the size of your vessel, the display will fit seamlessly with your existing marine electronics. Each Axiom+ model comes with a three-year warranty, ensuring that both your product and your safety are protected. The Axiom+ line is currently available. If you are interested in upgrading your MFD with the Axiom+ and Lighthouse Charts, contact your local marine service professional at MPI for more information regarding purchase, set-up, and installation.

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What You Need to Know for the 2020 Hurricane Season Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:09:57 +0000 Here in South Florida, another hurricane season is upon us. For the next several months, …

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Here in South Florida, another hurricane season is upon us. For the next several months, we’ll all be watching the news and weather closely, and doing what we can to prepare for any potential storms that we may encounter. Many of us know the steps to take in order to secure our homes and ensure we have the necessary supplies to make it through both a hurricane, and the aftermath. However, if you are a boat owner, you also need to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to ensure the safety of your vessel, especially during this time.

Hurricane season lasts from June 1st all the way through November 30th. That is essentially half of the year. Most people don’t realize that hurricane season is as long as it is. Many feel that it is only a few short months they have to worry about, and that it is only necessary to prepare their boat in the event of an actual hurricane. This situation, however, is far from ideal. If a hurricane does arise, there may not be time to properly secure your vessel.  You want to make sure that you’ve done everything you can ahead of time so that you won’t find yourself without enough time to prepare.

There are several important things that all boat owners should make sure to take care of now. As the saying goes, “better safe than sorry.” To prepare for the South Florida hurricane season, here are three things that you can do ahead of time to make sure your boat will be protected in the event of a hurricane.

  1. Secure Prper Boat Storage

The first thing you’ll need to do is to locate a hurricane safe facility that is able to store your boat, such as a marina or a boatyard. If you are unsure of who to contact a marine service professional,  MPI can connect you with safe options. Securing a storage location for your vessel is definitely something that you want to arrange ahead of time. In the event of a hurricane, you do not want to find yourself calling one boatyard after the next, only to be told that they are full. Do yourself a favor, and put your mind at ease knowing you have a designated safe place to store your boat.

  1. Speak With Your Insurance Company

Check with your insurance company to make sure you are covered in the event of a hurricane.  Each company may have different requirements or restrictions, so you want to speak with someone and ask about the specifics in regards to hurricane coverage. If there is additional coverage that needs to be purchased, that may be something to consider. Never assume that just because you have an insurance policy that you are automatically covered. Read through your policy carefully before speaking with a representative from the company and make a list of any questions you may have.  

  1. Create A Hurricane Plan

The third thing that you’ll want to do is to create a hurricane plan for your vessel. You’ll want to make a detailed step-by-step plan of what to do in the event of a hurricane. Another thing to consider when creating your hurricane plan is purchasing extra protective equipment, such as extra lines or fenders. This way, not only will you have a plan to follow, you’ll have the proper equipment to follow it through. Make sure to include instructions on how to use the extra equipment, as well as how to remove and where to store all valuables on board.

Hurricanes are unpredictable, and the best thing that you can do is to be as prepared as possible. Taking the time to make sure you’ve followed the steps and done the work to properly secure your boat ahead of time can make all the difference. When time is critical, you can put your mind at ease knowing that everything is already in place, and that your vessel is protected. By following these three steps now, you can avoid a lot of time, stress, damage, and possibly property or money loss in the future. If you haven’t already, start today and make sure you are properly prepared this hurricane season.

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SureShade MTX Pull-Out Boat Shade Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:42:00 +0000 Boat shades are an extremely important, and essential feature for any vessel. Not only can …

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Boat shades are an extremely important, and essential feature for any vessel. Not only can they enhance the comfort of your boating experience, they offer safety and protection from the sun while on the water. However, even though proper shade for everyone aboard is often required, many boats do not come equipped with shades large enough to accomplish this. In keeping this in mind, Sureshade has designed a shade system that easily solves this problem.

The Sureshade MTX™ Pull Out Boat Shade is a retractable shade system. It is a self-supported pull-out shade that has the look and feel of the SureShade ATF electric shade, but is manual in operation. The shade can be extended or retracted within seconds, which is perfect for users looking for full shade coverage. It is built using stainless steel construction, resulting in smoother system operation. The Sureshade MTX™ Pull Out Boat Shade is ideal for any boat under 45ft, and comes in several sizes so boat owners are able to choose the perfect fit for their vessel. 

The patented design of the Sureshade MTX™ Pull Out Boat Shade has several key features of note:

  1. Manual OperationThe canvas extends by pulling out shade and then retracts by pushing it back in, eliminating the use of any electronic devices required for operation.

  2. Telescoping Framework – Patented telescoping framework technology allows the shade to extend and retract with no support poles to interfere with boating activities or passengers.
  3. Versatile Installations – The Sureshade MTX™ can be easily installed on hardtop, arch, T-top or tower designs for a natural extension of any type of boat.
  4. Marine Grade Construction – The shade is designed specifically for the marine environment with durable stainless steel construction using Sunbrella marine fabric.
  5. Factory or Aftermarket Installation – The shade can be installed at the factory as a new boat option or custom feature, or added aftermarket as an upgrade to an existing vessel.

With all of these features, it’s no surprise that the Sureshade MTX™ Pull-Out Boat Shade was selected by Boating Industry magazine as a 2019 Top Product. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the sunshade system also features marine-grade Sunbrella® canvas for optimal durability in a marine environment. The patented canvas resists mildew and fading, and carries the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for sun protection.

The Sureshade MTX™ Pull Out Boat Shade is the ideal shade solution that meets both the demand for more shade as well as maintaining an obstruction and hassle-free deck. The ease of use and self-supported framework provides boaters quick access to shade without interfering with any onboard or water activities. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can enjoy the benefits of the Sureshade MTX™ Pull Out Boat Shade on your boat, contact the Marine Service Professionals at MPI. We will gladly review the options available with you, and walk you through the process of having one installed on your vessel.  

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Self Mapping on Raymarine Fri, 05 Jun 2020 20:14:01 +0000 Oftentimes, a major complaint from boaters is that they wish that they had access to …

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Oftentimes, a major complaint from boaters is that they wish that they had access to more accurate underwater charts. Even with all of the recent advancements in technology, there are still some systems for marine electronics that fall short in this category. There are simply too many variables under the water that could change relatively quickly, that it makes it difficult to keep up to date with all of the underwater mapping. That is why Raymarine has created a self mapping system, called SonarChart™.

Raymarine and Navionics have partnered to create SonarChart™. A highly advanced sonar system that offers boaters the ability of self mapping. This technology allows boaters to take the job of creating accurate charts into their own hands. With this system, boaters themselves are essentially able to create the most precise and accurate charts possible and create custom maps in real time. If you want better charts, all you have to do is go boating!  

SonarChart™ is an HD bathymetry map featuring enhanced bottom contour detail for marine and lakes. It is helpful for increasing awareness of shallow waters as well as locating fishing areas at any water depth level. These maps are created from the recorded sonar logs through the Navionics system on Raymarine plotters. Because of this technology, SonarChart™ maps can accurately reflect the ever-changing conditions of sea, lake and river bottoms. 

According to the International Council for Science, only around 10% of the world’s seas have been charted to precise accuracy. SonarChart™ with Raymarine is continuously improving their marine electronics abilities. The maps created using SonarChart™ are continually enhanced, making them far superior to any individually generated map. 

By integrating the Navionics technology into your Raymarine plotter with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, any boater is able to activate SonarChart™ right on their screen, record the sonar logs, and upload them immediately. Your uploaded data will be combined with that of other boaters to help create the most accurate underwater maps available. As information is continuously being uploaded, the charts are also updated, ensuring that the data you are seeing is the most up to date.

SonarChart™ can be used by boaters to improve their experience with any activity on the water:

  • Cruising – You can conquer troublesome areas by recording sonar during regular outings.
  • Diving –  The perfect tool to plan your next underwater journey.
  • Fishing – Get the most out of your fishing days and locate fishing areas at any depth level.
  • Sailing – Increase awareness of shallow waters by collecting sonar logs during your sailing trips.

This technology can even be used to create maps that illustrate the change in landscape after a storm, such as a hurricane, to help in future forecasting models.

The ability for self mapping on Raymarine plotters can help boaters in common situations such as accurately navigating when on a new lake or encountering potentially dangerous unknown shallow water. By taking the sonar log contributions through its advanced integration processes, SonarChart™ is able to provide boaters with confidence and a sense of security when out on the water. The power is yours with self mapping on Raymarine using SonarChart™.

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Docksense Alert Sat, 23 May 2020 20:21:15 +0000 There is a new addition to Raymarine’s docking technology line that is now available – …

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There is a new addition to marine electronics world,  Raymarine’s docking technology line that is now available – Raymarine Docksense Alert. This system is part of the next generation of intelligent object recognition and motion-sensing assisted docking solutions for boat owners. It uses FLIR thermal technology to detect nearby obstacles, giving users an extremely accurate image of their surroundings, and making it an ideal choice for any boat owner.

Raymarine Docksense Alert is designed for use on a broader range of vessels, and can be installed on nearly any boat. The systems’ thermal technology helps boat owners monitor their surroundings and assists in safely docking their boats. With advanced motion sensors, the system accurately measures the distance to the dock, pilings, and other moored vessels to create an accurate 3D map of the boat’s surrounding area. 

DockSense Alert works with the Raymarine range of Axiom multifunction displays, as well as a variety of other 3D stereo vision cameras. The system takes an accurate thermal scan of the surrounding area, and then a simplified birds-eye-view is rendered on the Axiom screen for viewing. The live video feed from each camera makes it easy to see into any blind spots, virtually eliminating them. This can all be done right from the helm, which is extremely convenient.

The Raymarine Docksense Alert marine electronics docking technology system can consist of up to five DockSense stereo vision cameras, and a central processor that is connected to a Raymarine Axiom display or network. When considering if the Docksense Alert system is right for you, here are the five biggest benefits to keep in mind:

  • DockSense Alert precisely and accurately measures distances to the dock, pilings, and other moored vessels for maximum visibility and safety.
  • It provides real-time visual indicators along with a live camera view on Raymarine Axiom multifunction displays.
  • The system provides audible and visual alarms to alert the captain in real-time to the potential effects of increased wind, water current, and propeller thrust.
  • The system’s automatic weather shields keep camera optics clean and protected when not in use.
  • Boat owners have access to the DockSense Alert app in LightHouse 3, which offers instant access to their system features and controls.

When choosing a marine electronics system to assist in docking your boat, the Raymarine Docksense Alert has you covered. It’s ability to detect, display, and alert of any obstacles around your boat using FLIR vision camera technology ensures the safety of your vessel. With controls that are similar to the driver-assist on today’s vehicles, it helps to prevent underwater scrapes, or damage of any kind.

With all of the benefits of the Raymarine Docksense Alert system, and it’s ease of use, it’s easy to see why this docking technology is quickly becoming so well known and widely used within the marine industry. Rely on the marine electronics Raymarine Docksense Alert system, and dock with confidence.


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