Whether you want to sail, motor, or just drift along with the currents, the
Magellan Meridian Marine is made for your trips on the water. This handheld
GPS receiver has the accuracy and maps to reliably guide you to your favorite
destinations. And since it floats, even an occasional dunking won't spoil things.
If the water you want is in North America (or Europe with the European version),
the built-in map that comes with the Magellan Meridian Marine should get you there.
This basemap not only has rivers, lakes, and the roads to them, but also marine
navigation aids, such as buoys and lighthouses. For increased detail, the receiver
will accept map data for Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. With these removable
cards you can store up to 128 MB of data each, for an unlimited supply of maps.
Accurate position readings with the Meridian Marine is not a concern since it has
position errors of less than seven meters. And for even greater accuracy, the receiver
use the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) to reduce position calculation
errors to less than three meters. If you have a Differential GPS (DGPS)
beacon receiver, the Marine can also use DGPS to improve its base accuracy.
Because the Magellan Meridian Marine is meant for anyone's use, operation
is simple and the text can be displayed in nine languages. You can customize
individual screen displays according to your preferences for what, and how, information is shown.
For instance, you can choose your course heading to be displayed as a compass image or
shown as text. Virtually any type of charting situation is covered with the 12 map coordinate
systems and 76 datums. And should you ever have trouble getting the
information displayed, there's a built-in help system with step-by-step
instructions for the various functions.
Creating routes with the Meridian Marine is simply a matter of connecting
the dots. You can push one key to chart a course from your present location to
any waypoint in the receiver's memory. The waypoints can be from the basemap,
from other map data uploaded, or any you've saved. And you can create waypoints by
storing a current location, manually entering coordinates, or selecting a spot
on a map. Once you have the waypoints selected, they can be connected to form
your route, which then can be saved for later use.
For optimum viewing, the 1.75" W x 2.2" H, LCD screen has adjustable contrast
and backlighting. The backlight is amber for good readings in the dark without
affecting your night vision. To save battery drain, there's a timer to shut off
the light after a certain period of inactivity. Depending on how much the
backlighting is used, the two AA batteries that power the Magellan Meridian Marine
can last up to 14 hours.
In addition to getting you to where you want to go, the Meridian Marine has features to
make your destination stay more enjoyable, and your return trip equally easy. There's a database
of the best hunting and fishing times for any location and date. And if you
want to know when the sunrise or sunset time is, that's available too. If you've
found a hot fishing spot, there's a alarm you can set to sound an alert if your
mooring starts to drift. And finding the spot again will be easy, since your path can be saved
by the track log. The track log records your movements, even without a planned route. So later
you can use the track-to-route function, to convert the track log to a route and save it for a later trip.