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Module 03 - Before Heading Out

Using a Marine GPS Device

 

Marine Global Positioning System (GPS) devices are becoming a popular tool with boating enthusiasts. They can be used to identify your location on the water, and some of today’s systems are even able to pinpoint your position to within several feet.

Marine charts and nautical publications are now available in electronic format and can be used in combination with a Marine GPS to offer boaters a high level of confidence when navigating.

It’s important however, to familiarize yourself with your Marine GPS and practice using it before heading out on the water.

Remember: You should always carry printed marine charts as a back-up in the event that your Marine GPS fails. Some Marine GPS devices may only be accurate to within 30 m, and an automotive GPS will not provide the information you need on the water.

 

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