The Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine is a handheld GPS receiver you can rely on for any
trip on the water. It not only has the accuracy to get you there and back, but
even if you drop the receiver overboard, it's not a problem, because it floats.
But a good marine GPS receiver should have more than an ability to float and
the Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine does. It starts with a built-in 15 MB map,
of North America or Europe, depending on where you buy it. This basemap shows
both general land features, such as major roads, cities, and parks, as well as waterways,
buoys, beacons, and other marine navigation aids. The receiver has an additional 17 MB of
space for your own selection of charts. And when viewing the charts, you have the option of 12
coordinate systems and 76 map datum.
Tide information is also built into the SporTrak Pro Marine with the major tide
stations covered. Moon phases, sunrise/sunset times, and best fishing times are also
included for any place and date. Details on currents and additional tidal information
is available with optional BlueNav chart software from Magellan.
With your chart selected the Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine is ready to guide you to
your destination. The 12-channel receiver is Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
enabled for accurate position readings to within three meters. Or if you have
a Differential GPS (DGPS) beacon receiver, you can use it with this unit since it's
Learning to use the SporTrak Pro Marine isn't a complex operation.
You simply select the navigation screen you want from a menu. And if you
ever get stuck, there's a built-in help guide with step-by-step instructions. You also
have options for how nearly all of the information is displayed. There are pan
and zoom controls for showing only the chart section and amount of detail you want.
And when reading your heading, it can be shown as either a compass image or only
as text. Similarly, you can see you position on the chart or get just the coordinates,
get your current speed reading or have it displayed as a speedometer image.
Other options the Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine includes are displaying text in
nine languages, visual and audible alarms, and track to route conversion. Alarms
can alert you if you get off course, drag your anchor, arrive at a certain point,
or lose contact with the GPS satellites. As you move, a track log records your turns
with up to 2,000 track points per trip. The track-to-route feature lets you
change the track log of your path, whether it was preplanned or not, into a route.
The conversion changes all the track points into a more direct and manageable route
which you can save and use to backtrack or retrace later. The receiver has memory to store up to 20 routes.
Even in the dark, the SporTrak Pro Marine can get you to your destination.
Both the 1.4" W x 2.2" H display and keypad are backlit, and the contrast is
adjustable for optimum viewing. The receiver can run continuously off its two AA
batteries for up to 14 hours. To prevent unnecessary power use, you can set
an automatic timer to shut off the backlight if the receiver isn't in use for a
certain amount of time. The waterproofed, rubber padded 2.2" W x 5.6" H x 1.2" D
case is designed to survive both drops on deck or in the water. And with a weight
of only 6.1 ounces, it's small enough and light enough to go anywhere.