Marine Professionals Incorporated (MPI) https://marineprofessionals.com The Most Convenient, First Class Solution for Boat Owners Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 Boat Buying Guide https://marineprofessionals.com/boat-buying-guide/ Fri, 18 Dec 2020 19:10:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2848 When it comes to buying a boat or yacht, there are many choices to make. …

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When it comes to buying a boat or yacht, there are many choices to make. The first, and most important of these choices is whether to purchase a new boat or refit an existing vessel. If you are considering which option is best for you, MPI is here to help. As there are benefits and drawbacks to each option, we have put together this simple Boat Buying Guide to be used as a reference to aid in your decision-making process.

MPI understands that the boat buying process can easily become a bit overwhelming, which is why this Boat Buying Guide is a very useful tool. It outlines the pros and cons of each option, so you can make an informed decision based on what is best for you. While many people assume that a new boat is a way to go, it is definitely worth your while to look into a refit. This guide will detail the benefits and drawbacks of each option, as well as what to consider when buying a boat.

 

Option 1: Purchasing a New Boat

Pros:

  1. Brand New Vessel – New, untouched vessel, direct from the manufacturer
  2. Equipped with the newest technology & options – No need to update electronics
  3. Comes with manufacturers warranty – Peace of mind that you are covered 
  4. Additional manufacturer or representative support – Ability to have all your questions answered

Cons:

  1. Greater purchase price – Paying a premium price for a premium product
  2. Longer order to delivery time – Demand is rising, causing longer wait times 

What to consider

When purchasing a new yacht from a well-known manufacturer, a new build could take as long as 2-3 years to complete, depending on demand. While many yacht owners prefer to have the latest and greatest, you must also be willing to wait for what you want. Additionally, a new vessel will have an adjustment period while you are learning how to operate all of the onboard systems.

 

Option 2: Choosing a Refit

Pros:

  1. Takes half as long as a new build – Wait time is cut significantly
  2. Can start enjoying your vessel much earlier – Shorter wait time means more time out on the water
  3. Lower price point, cost savings – Ability to afford a used, high-quality boat you may not be able to purchase when new

Cons:

  1. Not possible to replace everything on a vessel – Certain items are not able to be removed
  2. Some pieces may be prone to breakage due to age – Older pieces with more wear and tear may break down after some time

What to consider
Choosing a refit is a great option for boat owners that may have a sentimental attachment to their existing vessel. It gives them the chance to keep the vessel they love while being able to update all of the onboard systems and accessories. On the other hand, a refit is not suggested for a boat owner that does not plan to keep their vessel for a significant period of time.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to deciding whether to purchase a new vessel or to refit an existing one is the cost factor. Determine the current resale value of a vessel, along with the refit budget, and compare that to the cost of a new build. This should help in making your decision.

 

The Choice is Yours
It is important to remember that with both new builds and refits alike, there are maintenance costs associated with each. Both will have their own set of potential problems, as maintenance and repairs are unavoidable, no matter what type of vessel you own.  

If you are interested in a refit, the professionals at MPI can help. From small repairs to extensive overhaul projects, MPI is your trusted source. We offer refit services for electronics systems, woodworking, mechanical repairs, refinishing, and much more. We are able to service any type of vessel, from fishing boats to luxury yachts. With over 23 years of industry experience, there is no need to look anywhere else for your refit. Trust the professionals at MPI with your refit and experience the first-class difference for yourself.

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Dockmate: “Sorry for what I said while docking” https://marineprofessionals.com/dockmate-sorry-for-what-i-said-while-docking/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 19:07:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2842 Anyone that has driven a boat before knows that docking is definitely the most difficult …

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Anyone that has driven a boat before knows that docking is definitely the most difficult and stressful task when it comes to your experience on the water. When docking, there are a whole host of things to take into account. You need to be aware of the speed of your vessel, the angle at which you are approaching the dock, the safety of your vessel, and most importantly, avoiding contact with the dock, just to name a few. You want to dock your boat as safely as possible, and there are so many factors to consider that it quickly becomes overwhelming.

Oftentimes, docking your boat can become stressful quite quickly, regardless if you are alone on the vessel, or if there are other passengers. If you are by yourself, you do not have anyone to assist you in the docking process, which leads to a high-pressure situation. Usually, when boating with others, passengers are eager to help when it comes to docking, but it can quickly become a tense situation filled with insults and arguments. When tempers flare, it doesn’t help the docking situation at all. Ever heard the phrase, “I’m sorry what I said while docking?” This is where it comes from.

The good news is that there is an effective way to simplify your docking process. In order to eliminate the stress of docking altogether, boat owners are turning to Dockmate®. Dockmate® is a handheld remote control that assists boat owners in docking their vessels easily and safely. The technology that is used allows for a stress-free docking experience. Boat owners are able to fully control their vessels from the palm of their hands. With Dockmate® they are able to leave the helm when docking to get a better look at the surroundings, all while remaining in complete control of the boat’s movement.

Dockmate® is essential for relieving a stressful docking situation. With the technology that is used, paired with it’s easy to use design, Dockmate® helps boat owners maintain complete control of their vessel while maneuvering in any marina. This handheld device takes all of the drama out of docking. Boat owners that choose to dock with Dockmate® are immediately experiencing the Dockmate Advantage. Here are the biggest benefits of docking with Dockmate®:

  1. Communication – Dockmate® uses Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, a highly reliable TWO-WAY transmission system. FHSS technology has evolved over the years and is widely used for cell phones, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi devices.  
  2. Customization – The DockControl software used offers remote control customizability. The DockControl software offers customers an off-the-shelf remote control solution that can be tailored to the real-world capabilities of their vessel and their own boating style.
  3. Proportional engine throttle – Dockmate® can offer fully proportional throttle with the Twist 3-axis joystick transmitters, and not just idle speed propulsion. The system integrates fluidly with engine control systems from Glendinning.
  4. Proportional thrusters – Dockmate® can also offer fully proportional throttle with systems from Side-Power and VETUS. The DockControl software can be programmed to safely “walk the boat” sideways towards the dock by programming the engine transmissions and throttle combined with the bow thruster.

If you are interested in learning more about how Dockmate® can upgrade your docking experience, speak to the professionals at MPI. We are happy to provide information on how Dockmate® and the DockControl software system can be easily integrated into your vessel. Your time out on the water should be enjoyable, even when docking. MPI can install Dockmate® onto your vessel so that you’ll never again have to utter the words “I’m sorry what I said while docking.”

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SiriusXM: Weather and Fish Mapping https://marineprofessionals.com/siriusxm-weather-and-fish-mapping/ Sat, 21 Nov 2020 19:04:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2836 Anglers of any skill level are always looking for ways to improve their overall fishing …

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Anglers of any skill level are always looking for ways to improve their overall fishing experience. While there are many electronics on the market that can assist when it comes to fishing, none can compare to SiriusXM Fish Mapping™. The new Fish Mapping™ service offers users comprehensive benefits when it comes to fishing. Whether you are fishing for fun or involved in tournament fishing, Fish Mapping™ will guide you to the exact location the fish you’re looking for are likely to be.

The Fish Mapping™ service from SiriusXM not only provides accurate weather data but also offers anglers extensive benefits to enhance their fishing experience. Many of the benefits that come with the Fish Mapping™ service are updated daily, some every few hours, ensuring that users have access to the most up to date information at all times. Here is a breakdown of the major benefits users can enjoy with the SiriusXM Fish Mapping™ service:

  • Fishing Recommendations – View recommended locations for certain types of fish. The locations are overlaid on your chart and can be viewed in combination with other features. This information helps anglers find the fish they’re looking for much quicker. 
  • Weed Lines – View concentrations of floating algae and plants. Algae and other plants provide nutrients and create perfect habitats for baitfish, while also attracting larger fish. As these lines change over time, they can be difficult to locate. This feature will highlight where the lines have been most recently.
  • Sea Surface Height Anomaly – Shows where the sea surface height is different from the surrounding area. This helps to locate “upwelling” areas that create favorable conditions for fish, including nutrient-rich water. In contrast, it also helps to avoid areas that do not have favorable fishing conditions.
  • Sea Surface Temperature Contours – View contour lines and view the water temperatures in your selected area. This is used to help locate an angler’s target species based on their preferred temperature range.
  • Sea Surface Temperature Front Strength – View estimated strength of ocean fronts. Significant temperature changes concentrate nutrients, making them good places to find game fish. The stronger the front, the greater the chance of more fish.
  • 30m Subsurface Sea Temperature – View the water temperature 30 meters below the surface. Since different species of fish prefer specific ranges of temperatures, this feature helps anglers find the areas where their ideal fish might be.
  • Plankton Concentration Contours – View areas of plankton concentrations. As plankton is the primary food source for most fish, the multi-function display helps to identify favorable conditions.
  • Plankton Front Strength – View areas with strong plankton concentration. Strong plankton fronts indicate where nutrient-rich water occurs next to clear water. In locations where both the plankton and temperature fronts coincide, there tends to be better fishing.

In addition to all of the benefits, the Fish Mapping™ service from SiriusXM is also a great value. The weather data available helps you to safely avoid any climate weather conditions, ensuring the safety of everyone on board. Additionally, the Fish Mapping™ technology guides anglers right to where the fish are, saving both time, fuel, and ultimately, money.

Incorporating this technology into your vessel is a simple process. The Fish Mapping™ service requires a Garmin GXM™ 54 Weather Receiver, as well as a compatible Garmin display with updated software. MPI can install this technology for clients quickly and easily. If you have any questions about the system, make sure to check with the marine professionals at MPI, as they are happy to answer all of your questions. With a few simple steps, you will be able to access all of the features Fish Mapping™ has to offer. Get Fish Mapping™ today, and enjoy more fishing, and less guessing.

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Safety Checklist https://marineprofessionals.com/safety-checklist/ Fri, 06 Nov 2020 18:47:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2830 There are many elements to take into consideration when planning a trip out on the …

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There are many elements to take into consideration when planning a trip out on the water. Some things may seem like common knowledge when it comes to boating safety, but the truth is, often there are several safety checks that are overlooked. To ensure the safety of everyone out on the water, MPI has put together a safety checklist that can be used as a guideline to follow each and every time before heading out for a day on the water.

It is essential to check each of the items listed below in order to avoid any preventable problems while out on the water. Here are the first safety checks to perform:

  1. Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) – This is a radio transmitter that is used to locate vessels. In the event of an emergency, the transmitter is activated and sends a continuous radio signal so that a vessel in trouble can be located as quickly as possible. This is something that every boat should be equipped with. While it may seem extreme, this piece of equipment could be the difference between life and death.
  2. Depth Finder – Make sure that your depth finder is working properly. You do not want to run into any water that is too shallow for your vessel. This could not only cause significant damage to your boat, but you and the others on board could find yourselves stuck. Additionally, if you are traveling at a higher speed, there is a chance that people could go overboard if shallow waters come up too quickly to avoid.
  3. Radar – Ensure that the radar system onboard is up to date to avoid any problems. Perform several tests regularly to confirm functionality.
  4. Updated Electronics – If your onboard electronics are not up to date, you could run into problems due to the fact that they are not able to communicate properly with one another. Keeping all of your onboard electronics updated is imperative in ensuring a safe boating experience. Make sure to download any available updates regularly, and definitely prior to heading out on the water.
  5. Life Raft – Every vessel should have a functioning life raft that can accommodate everyone on board. Emergency situations arise, and you will need to make sure everyone on board can be quickly and safely transferred to a life raft if need be.
  6. Life Jackets – This is an important safety check that is often partially overlooked. While out on the water, many people do not wear life jackets for the entire ride. However, if you are taking additional passengers on your boat, you need to make sure that you have a functioning and appropriate life jacket for everyone on board. If there are children and adults, the correct sizes need to be on board. Having a life jacket for each passenger onboard is essential.

While these are the major safety checks to perform before heading out on the water, you should also have your own overall safety checklist for your vessel. It is important to have a list of checks, in addition to those listed above, that you perform each time before enjoying a day out on the water. Of course, these checks will vary depending on your own individual boating location and conditions.

Owning a boat is an enjoyable experience, but also comes with a great deal of responsibility. As the captain, it is your job to do what you can to protect your boat and the safety of everyone on board at all times. By taking the proper precautions and consulting this checklist before heading out on the water, you can ensure you are doing your part in prioritizing the safety of everyone on board. If you are unsure of any checks that should be done or have any questions, feel free to contact the marine professionals at MPI.

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What to expect at the Fort Lauderdale boat show https://marineprofessionals.com/what-to-expect-at-the-fort-lauderdale-boat-show/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:40:40 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2818 This year marks the 61st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The event is being …

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This year marks the 61st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The event is being held from October 28th – November 1st. Over the course of the five days, guests can expect to enjoy all of the highlights they’ve come to expect from the event, from viewing the largest superyachts to seeing the newest marine systems and electronics available to enhance your boating experience.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world. Spanning more than three million square-feet of in-water and on-land exhibit space across seven waterfront locations. Of course, due to the circumstances, there are additional safety measures and precautions that have been put in place to ensure the safety of each and every guest in attendance.

As the first major marine event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be strictly adhering to the Global Bio risk Advisory Council standards to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance. Additional safety standards and measures will be implemented to provide a safe and enjoyable event experience.

Throughout the five days of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, there will be enhanced cleaning, additional handwashing stations, and contactless registration. All physical distancing requirements will be strictly adhered to. Participants will be required to wear personal protective equipment, such as a mask, gloves, and/or face shield, and First Aid will be provided at a separate quarantine area. Additionally, all food and beverage will be provided following the highest level of food safety, and include pre-packaged food and utensils.

The safety and protection of everyone in attendance, from the guests to the exhibitors is of the utmost importance. To ensure the highest level of safety for each guest at the event, here’s what to expect at the Fort Lauderdale International boat show:

  1. Contactless ticketing systems will be available online for all guests.
  2. Capacity limits will be enforced, as required by the city of Fort Lauderdale, with the gross square footage per person increasing from 14 sq ft to 30 sq ft per person.
  3. Guest relations desk and all other customer lines will have visual floor markers every six feet to maintain a safe distance between guests.
  4. The number of entrances will be increased to avoid gatherings of large groups in one area.
  5. Plexiglass dividers will be installed between staff and guests at the main entrance ticket scanning.
  6. Additional staff will be employed to handle the continuous disinfection of high-frequency touch-points and all common areas.
  7. Thermal temperature scanners will be installed at all entrances to check for elevated temperatures.
  8. Face coverings/masks will be required for all guests unless otherwise documented to suffer from a chronic preexisting condition.
  9. Hand cleaning stations will be placed throughout the event to promote regular sanitation practices.
  10. Temporary restroom models will feature individual entry to each restroom unit limiting access to one person or household/family unit at a time. Restroom areas will also offer contactless hand sanitation and hands-free flush valves.
  11. Transportation System buses and water taxis will be deep cleaned and disinfected nighty with high touch areas (grab bars, seats, handrails, counters, etc.) disinfected after each drop-off.

If you’d like to purchase tickets to attend the 61st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, you can do so by visiting the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website. As a thank you to all Frontline Heroes of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties, hospital workers and first responders will receive a complimentary admission ticket. (Please email for details).

With all of the safety measures and precautions, guests can attend the 61st Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with peace of mind. This event is one that so many look forward to all year and one that everyone is proud to provide in a safe and enjoyable way. 

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How to Prevent Marine Theft https://marineprofessionals.com/how-to-prevent-marine-theft/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:35:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2785 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 https://marineprofessionals.com/all-about-wifi-on-your-boat/ Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:30:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2781 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 https://marineprofessionals.com/depth-sounders/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:26:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2775 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 https://marineprofessionals.com/autopilot-more-useful-than-you-think/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 19:22:00 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2771 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 https://marineprofessionals.com/when-you-should-update-marine-electronics/ Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:02:08 +0000 https://marineprofessionals.com/?p=2762 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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