Today's boat electronics help keep you safe, allow communications, help find fish and provide navigation. The truth is you can go fishing and not use add on electronics. However, the more fish you want to catch, the further you travel and the larger the water you fish - the more important fishing electronics become. If your boat becomes dead in the water the marine radio shown below can become very important. In addition, boat lights are mandatory if on the water before sunrise or after sunset. These topics and more have devoted page links below.
We have devoted an entire page to marine VHF radios, click on the link below.
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Boat Electronics - Most Common
There are many features available when looking at Depth Finders
. Todays depth finder/GPS units are high definition and offer a variety of features, among them: down imaging, side imaging, regular sonar, link to trolling motors to maintain depth - and go to specific way points, remote control, blue tooth connecting to your phone, touch screen controls, linking multiple units together, auto contouring to map uncharted waters, and the newest feature is Live View/Scope - where you are actually able to see on the screen in real time fish moving beneath the boat.
Will you need a Boat GPS - Marine Navigation
on your fishing outing? The bigger the water, the more you can use these in order to avoid shallow areas and hidden rocks and/or trees. You can use a hand held unit or one combined with your depth finder. Some of these units also offer detailed (one foot contour advertised) mapping of the bottoms of the most popular lakes in the US and Canada. Some modern units also offer mapping feature that actually maps the contour as you pass over the lake and saves to your memory. We upgraded to the unit below this summer, and the clarity, ease of use, touch screen feature, capturing phone messages on screen via blue tooth, and separation of fish, bait fish and structure is best we have seen.
Humminbird 410120-1 Helix 10 CHIRP Mega Si GPS G2N Fishing Charts & Maps