One very important piece of equipment that every mariner should have on-board is a marine chartplotter. This electronic gadget is a must-have if one hopes to have a safe and enjoyable voyage. It’s useful for fishing boats as well as pleasure boats that sail from port to port.
So what exactly is a chartplotter? Let me try to break it down for you. All chartplotters use a GPS antenna (either integrated into the unit or as an external antenna) to plot your location on an electronic map stored in the chartplotters memory. The type of map you get varies greatly and affects the price of the unit. Some very basic units have no mapping data and just plot a location on the screen so you can find your way to and from a great fishing spot. Top of the line systems come with 3D mapping that will show you just about every detail around you. Some chartplotters come with a sounder built into the unit. These are usually referred to as GPS Combos. GPS Combos allow you to hook up a transducer to “see” under the boat and act as a fishfinder or depthfinder. Many charplotters that are available today can also be hooked up to a NMEA network to allow you to use a radar to help you navigate, an autopilot to help take some of the pressure off piloting you boat, wind data if you are sailing, and RPM and fuel data from your engine. You can now see why having a marine chartplotter on boat is so important.
A marine chartplotter may seem more complicated than other gadgets you can find at the helm because it integrates so many functions. That is simply not true. Today’s chartplotters are very intuitive and user friendly. Shopepal carries all the best brands of marine chartplotters like Garmin, Humminbird, Raymarine, Lowrance, and Furuno.
I am happy to annouce that we brought in the Norchill line. We have every size, from the 12 can to the 48 can. They keep things meant to be cold, cold and hot items hot. I grabbed one of the 48 can bags out of the warehouse to test it out. You see, I’m one of those once a week grocery shoppers. Try to go from one store to the next for all the best deals. This usually means my frozen items are not so frozen by the time I get home. This cooler changed all that and I will be keeping it in my car. It was nice not having to deal with a soggy box of waffles.
Click here to see our entire line of Norchill products.
I thought it would be a slow new Friday but I do have 2 bits of news for you.
1. We now carry Polk Audio Marine speakers. These are aggressively priced and made specially for the marine environment. You can check them out on the site by clicking here.
2. We now carry DryCASE. I am super excited about this. When I am at the pool or on the boat, I always freak out about my iPhone getting wet. DryCASE offers solutions for your smartphone, MP3 players, iPad, Kindle, or Android tablets. Check them all out here.
Back by popular demand, ePal has brought back the FUSION MS-IP600 with a FREE $25 iTunes Gift Card promotion and has now added FUSION’s MS-IP700 with a $25 FREE iTunes Gift Card also! FUSION and iTunes special purchase valid now until September 30th, 2012.
Hi everybody! I just lowered the prices on our refurbished Garmin Nuvis. These products are a great value. They are refurbished by Garmin back to 100%. They all come with a 1 year warranty.
Check them out here.
Don’t forget, these ship free to anywhere in the lower 48 states!
We are proud to expand our boat cover offering from Dallas Manufacturing Company!
Check out all of our Dallas Manufacturing Co. items here.
Hi everybody and welcome to ePal’s new blog. My name is Derek and I am the vice president and purchasing manager here at ePal. I decided to create this blog so I could personally communicate with all of our visitors. I will be posting everything from upcoming specials to buyer’s guides here. I am also working at get some videos up of product unboxing’s and reviews. If you have an idea of a video that you want to see just shoot me an email or just hop on chat and let me know.
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