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Choosing Marine Instruments

Are you looking to buy new sailing navigation tools or a complete navigation system bundle?
Maybe you have a newer boat that you want to upgrad the instruments or it?s time to replace your old navigation system with a brand new.
Like with most technology, there have been a lot of amazing changes to marine instruments over the last few years.
Before you decide which boat instruments to buy, you'll want to take a good look at your boat and how you use it.
That will help determine which functions you actually need and how they will make for a better boating experience.

What Type of Boat Do You Have?

A powerboat will have different instrument needs than a sailboat.
They type and size of a sailboat will require different sailing instruments and tools.
A cruising sailboat can probably get by with just a wind speed instrument, depth finder, and maybe a boat speed instrument.
A racing sailboat will need a full suite of integrated instrumentation to optimize its chances of winning.
A powerboat can get by with a depth gauge and boat speed indicator.
If it's on a long cruise, a wind speed instrument and temperature gauge are nice additions.
That temperature gauge can even tell you when you've entered (or exited) the Gulf Stream!

Different Types of Marine Instruments and Why You May Need Them

  • Fine-tune your racing sails with a wind speed instrument - knowing the wind angle and speed lets you sail as efficiently and fast as possible!
  • Plan your arrival time with a speed instrument. A knotmeter lets powerboaters optimize their trolling, towing, or cruising speeds.
  • A depth finder can help keep you from going aground in new waters that are deceptively shallow. This can be important if you're always checking out what's 'just over the horizon' in your ocean cruiser!
  • Seawater temperature affects how good the fishing is. A marine temperature gauge helps you find that fishing hotspot.

  • Wired or Wireless?

    They each have their benefits.
  • Wired connections are sometimes more dependable and avoid losing connection.
  • Wireless connections avoid having to drill holes in your boat or running cables.

  • The Benefits Of Shopping For Electronics at Defender Marine

    We have been in business since 1938 and carry the latest in marine electronics and tools.
    You'll find what you need at great prices, too.
    We're committed to helping you spend time on the water doing what you love!