in an effort to encourage safe boating practices throughout the year. With even more people on the water than ever before, National Safe Boating Week 2021 (May 22-28) is the perfect reminder for boaters to prepare themselves and their vessels for safer and more enjoyable boating experiences out on the water.
In addition to the free educational resources offered by the NSBC and important best practices (blog linked) provided by Garmin, we hope that you’ll keep these products in mind while joining the conversation on safe boating this season:
Navionics Boating app
The free Navionics Boating app equips boaters and anglers with a complete marine navigation package, right to their mobile device. The Boating app can be used as a primary or backup navigation tool, allowing boaters to get more from their time on the water with features like Dock-to-Dock Autorouting, weather and tides, detailed chart overlays, up to 5,000 daily updates to chart content and more.
Garmin g3 Cartography
Marine cartography is not just an accessory, but an essential tool that enhances situational awareness while navigating the water. On the lake or out at sea, Garmin g3 coastal charts and inland maps delivers the #1 marine mapping — thanks to combined Garmin and Navionics data — to safely guide boaters to their favorite honey holes or through unknown waters.
inReach Mini Marine Bundle
Whether preparing for a voyage off the grid or simply wanting to stay connected with loved ones onshore, the inReach mini marine bundle was built with mariners in mind. With features like two-way text messaging, SOS and 24/7 emergency services, live GPS location sharing, weather forecasts and more, the inReach mini marine bundle is an invaluable companion for greater peace of mind on the water, without taking up space at the helm.
*To access preloaded BlueChart g3 cartography and even more features, Garmin also offers the GPSMAP 86sci marine handheld with inReach capabilities.
Fantom 254/256 Marine Radars
Featuring Garmin MotionScope technology, the Fantom 254/256 instantly detects moving targets like flocks of birds, weather, other boats and more so serious offshore boaters and anglers can be more aware of their surroundings. As Garmin’s highest-powered solid-state marine radar, the Fantom 254/256 allows boaters to explore everything — from shorelines to the open ocean — with confidence while helping avoid potential hazards or collisions with other boaters.
Garmin AIS & VHF
With Garmin VHF and AIS onboard, boaters can quickly identity and communicate with other vessels in the area for greater confidence on the open waters. Garmin VHS also features Digital Selective Calling (DSC) functionality – a global protocol that uses channel 70 – allowing boaters to transmit and receive digital emergency messages, private calls, general calls and more. DSC significantly improves the chances of rapid rescue.
Whether new to the boating community or a seasoned mariner, Garmin’s latest marine webinar benefits boaters of any level with tips on how to better prepare themselves and their vessels for a safe experience on the water:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34WhXBDPXQ