Updated on 2 August 2013 by

While normal GPS devices help you navigate your way on land, a marine GPS performs pretty much the same stuff on the sea. Most marine GPS devices come with features beneficial for marine activities, like the "fish finder", tide prediction etc; and also marine cartography. So they hold information related to nearby coasts, shallow and deep waters; and are able to penetrate signals through fog and storm.

Marine GPS units are available as hand held models, mountable units that you can place on the stern of your boat; and fixed models. While looking for the best Garmin marine GPS, it is recommended that you purchase one that isn't fixed and can work as a car GPS too, with inland mapping features, as this would not limit its usage to boating activities and you could use it on a daily basis.


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Release Date
Mar 2009
Jul 2008
Jul 2001
Nov 2005
Mar 2010
Designation
Marine
Marine
Marine
Marine
Marine
Map capabilities
Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal
Internal, Download maps
Form Factor
Fixed
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Fixed
Input Method
Touch Screen
Keypad
Keypad
Touch Screen
Screen Size
3.5 inch
1.53 inch
2.4 inch
2.7 inch
12.1 inch
Average Rating
 3.5 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.5 stars
 n stars
Navigation
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
60% Positive
40% Negative
Display
33% Positive
67% Negative
54% Positive
46% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Usability
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive