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What Electronics Do You Need on A Boat?

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Marine electronic equipment has become a part of the basic equipment of the ship. Today, a boat without a nautical radio and GPS is as rudimentary as a home without a computer.


Every sailor should also consider that a VHF radio is as important as any single piece of marine electronics, if not more so than GPS. Marine VHF radios can be used for distress calls, to communicate with the Coast Guard and other crew members, and to keep abreast of important weather information and warnings of navigational hazards.



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For your boat, you might need these electronics:



1. GPS/Chartplotter


You will definitely enjoy the benefits of GPS mapping in your car. The same goes for boats. It makes driving easier and less confusing.


Chartplotters display digitized charts and then allow them to be navigated on the LCD screen. You'll see your exact location displayed with different routes and waypoints to help you navigate.



2. Multi-Function Display (MFD)


The Multi-Function Display, also known as the MFD, is the brains of the vessel. They bring nearly every system together in one point and one interface, with touchpad or keyboard controls. Garmin MFDs Marine are easy to operate, even for beginners. It has a home screen with different pages like tap to activate, app-like icons that allow you to select functions and customize pages to introduce combinations of many functions in split screen mode.



3. Engine Monitor


The engine monitor provides digital gauges such as fuel level, tachometer and engine temperature. This function can come from your MFD, or you can have a screen dedicated to showing you engine data. Having a dedicated screen is common because it is important to monitor the powerplant consistently.



4. Depth sounder/fish finder


Echo sounders and fish finders can also be used in the MFD, but you can also use them as a standalone unit. These are designed for use on center consoles, general purpose fishing boats and other boats designed for fishing



5. VHF Radio


The VHF radio is the most important one compared to other electronic equipment on board. It's a surefire way to communicate with someone in an emergency. They are simple to operate and can be installed in a marine electronics box, or you can set them up as a marine electronics mount.


For any crew member, the VHF radio is the most important communication tool on board. The Digital Selective Calling (DSC) feature in the radio enables the transmission to tell authorities your location.



6. Battery monitoring system


Your battery is what keeps you going in the water, and you definitely need a monitoring system that will keep you updated on your battery level.


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