Happy Friday! Time for another Friday Feature taken from the GPS City Gallery. This week we venture to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to follow Ghislain as he charters a boat on the open waters.
Every year, Ghislain charters a sailboat to travel around the British Virgins Islands. Although some boats provide a chartplotter, the equipment is usually outdated. During his 2010 trip, Ghislain brought his personal GPS, a Garmin 640. The Garmin GPSMAP 640is a full-featured, touchscreen marine chartplotter in addition to an on-the-road navigator. It comes preloaded with BlueChart g2 data and City Navigator NT road maps for North America. This GPS has a high-sensitivity receiver in a rugged, waterproof case making it versatile for both the water and the road.
Luckily Ghislain came prepared with his Garmin GPS as the chartered sailboat did not have a navigation system. Since he was renting the boat, Ghislain needed an easy to install, temporary mount. He chose the RAM Mount system for the GPSMAP 640. Both the GPS and the RAM Mount were tested out during a 13 nautical mile sail to Anegada. He explains, "The installation of my RAM Mount took less than one minute. Once plugged in it was a breeze to use the GPS. Looking at it never took my eyes away from the water, because you need to watch the reefs both by eye and with your GPS. We were hit by 10 to 12 feets seas and everything on the boat was moved or dislodged but the RAM Mount never moved - even after being hit by a serious spray" Overall, Ghislain deemed his sailing trip a success.
Lastly, Ghislain offers a tip for chartering a boat. He recommends that, "Anyone who charters boats should have a RAM Mount because of the ease of installation and removal, and...your own GPS which you are familiar with." For the full story, read here.
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