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Want to take to the waters in a dinghy, sailing boat, RIB or yacht around the UK and Ireland or further afield? You need to buy a marine GPS device. Here at ActiveGPS we sell a variety of models to suit all requirements and all budgets. From handheld devices without maps/charts right up to chartplotters with preloaded BlueChart g2 marine charts.

For further help on deciding the best marine chartplotter/handheld device to buy for your needs or maybe as a gift for somebody else, please see the buying guide below, FAQs webpage or phone 01733 777623 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm) outside of these hours please e-mail us.

All prices shown below are inclusive of VAT, the price however does not include our delivery charge. A delivery charge is added within our online basket/checkout process. Options available include guaranteed next working day as well as slower economy options.

Garmin GPSMAP 751 and 751xs
£999.99 / £1099.99

Garmin GPSMAP 557 and 557xs
£634.99 / £729.99

Garmin GPSMAP 451 and 451s
£279.99 / £314.99

‣7-inch touchscreen with multitouch
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣3,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

View GPSMAP 751 / 751xs

‣5-inch colour display
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣5,000 waypoints

View GPSMAP 557 and 557xs

‣4-inch colour display
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣NMEA 2000
‣3,000 waypoints

View GPSMAP 451 and 451s

Garmin echoMAP 70s and 70dv
£899.99 / £1049.99

Garmin echoMAP 50s and 50dv
£479.99 / £599.99

Garmin GPS 158i

£213.99 / £223.99

‣7-inch touchscreen with multitouch
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

View echoMAP 70s

‣5-inch colour display
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

View echoMAP 50s

‣5-inch FSTN greyscale display
‣Compass, speed and position
‣Worldwide basemap preloaded
‣Compatible NMEA 0183
‣Includes tide tables
‣3,000 waypoints
‣Optional GA 38 external antenna for £10 more.

View GPS 158i
View GPS 158 accessories

Garmin GPSMAP 620
£549.99

Garmin Montana 600 UK Marine Bundle
£369.99

Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s
£209.99 / £249.99

 

‣5.2-inch touchscreen display
‣Preloaded worldwide basemap
‣NMEA 0183 capable for support with AIS receivers
‣1,500 waypoints

View GPSMAP 620
View GPSMAP 620 accessories

‣4-inch colour touchscreen display
‣Includes BlueChart g2 UK & Ireland
‣Compass and altimeter
‣22 hour battery life
‣3GB internal memory
‣Optional mapping via microSD card

View Montana 600 Marine Bundle
View Montana 600 accessories
View Montana 600 maps

‣2.6-inch colour display
‣Compass and altimeter (78s)
‣Floats on water
‣20 hour battery life
‣1.7GB internal memory
‣Optional mapping via microSD card

View GPSMAP 78 and 78s
View GPSMAP 78 accessories

Garmin GPS 72H
£126.99

Garmin Quatix
£349.99

Garmin Swim
£129.99

‣Clear LCD display
‣Floats on water
‣18 hour battery life
‣Robust and lightweight

View GPS 72H / 72H Bundle

‣LCD monochrome display
‣Wrist mounted GPS watch
‣Altimeter and Barometer
‣Waterproof to 50 metres
‣Connects to chartplotter (only when used with GNT 10)
‣16 hour battery life

View Garmin Quatix

‣Sleek, slim design
‣Records number of laps, swim distance, pace and stroke count
‣Water resistant to 50 metres

View Garmin Swim

Garmin Foretrex 401
£137.84

Garmin Foretrex 301
£112.54

SPOT Gen3 Tracker
£149.99

‣Black and white LCD display
‣Wrist mounted GPS
‣Compass and altimeter
‣17 hour battery life

View Foretrex 401

‣Black and white LCD display
‣Wrist mounted GPS
‣18 hour battery life

View Foretrex 301

‣Send messages to friends and family
‣Waterproof to IPX7 standards
‣Motion detection conserves battery power
‣Sends GPS tracking position up to every 2.5 minutes
‣Viewable on a Google maps
‣Subscription charges apply

View SPOT 3 GPS Messenger

 

Marine GPS Buying Guide

Help with understanding the range and models available. So you're looking to buy a GPS device to take to coastal waters around (or part of) the UK or another country?

The first consideration is what format you'd like the device to be in - handheld or standalone.

Handheld devices

Handheld GPS systems by their very nature provide you with essential information in the palm of your hand. Devices like the GPS 72H (greyscale display) and the GPSMAP 78/78s (colour display) both provide you with your speed, distance and bearing from you last plotted waypoint. What's more these devices are waterproof and designed to actually float on water!

The entry-level GPS 72H is limited to only being able to display statistical data about your nautical route. Whereas the GPSMAP 78 and 78s (78s model includes 3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter) can in addition be loaded with digital marine charts - named Garmin BlueChart.

If the sound of digital marine charts is appealing then the top-of-the-range Montana 600 UK Marine Bundle is the unit to buy! This special bundle pack brings together the 4-inch handheld device and the large UK and Ireland g2 BlueChart marine chart, saving you a substantial sum of money, when buying the two separately.

Standalone devices

Standalone marine enabled devices come in two categories The first category is for multi use systems, units which are as much at home on land as they are at sea. Multi-use units include the 3.5-inch screen nuvi 550 and 5.2-inch screen GPSMAP 620 and although feature only a basic basemap, you have the option to load City Navigator road maps, BlueChart marine maps and in the case of the nuvi 550, GB Discoverer Ordnance Survey maps too. Making these two devices very versatile.

The second category of standalone units are dedicated marine chartplotters and these units are designed for life at sea. All of the dedicated models (with the exception of the GPS 152H) include preloaded Garmin BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland enabling you take straight to water with marine cartography, tidal stations, currents, depth contours, IALA symbols, 3-D map perspective "over the bow" fishing charts and more.

The latest chartplotters are the GPSMAP 557 and GPSMAP 751 and feature 5 and 7-inch sreens respectively. These newer models also feature Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

Some standalone chartplotters also have the ability to add sonar. Sonar helps to measure the depth of water and can also be used as a fish finder. If you'd like to add this feature then you'll need to be looking at model numbers ending with an 's' such as the 451s and 750s. Where the 's' stands for sounder. However, the sounders sonar capabilities will not work without buying/adding a transducer. There are three types of transducer which are transom (for outboard powerered motor boats), in-hull (for single skin fibre glass boats) and through-hull (for wooden and steel boats). If you are unclear what transducer to buy, please call us to discuss these further.

All chartplotters offer NMEA connectivity so you can connect your chartplotter to the boat and receive data such as fuel gauge, VHF and autopilot, etc. on the device.

Garmin Marine charts

Once you've decided which model to buy, you may (depending on model and your requirements) wish to purchase additonal marine charts.

Garmin marine charts are called BlueChart g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision and provide the same marine cartography charts, the difference is g2 Vision version offers additional information such as auto guidance and aerial photos of ports and marinas. To read more about either version please see BlueChart g2 charts and BlueChart g2 Vision charts. Please note: g2 Vision features such as aerial photos aren't compatible on all Garmin handheld GPS units, please see the compatibility below.

Garmin BlueChart Compatibility

BlueChart g2 maps are compatible with the following Garmin handhelds and marine ChartPlotters:

Garmin Montana range, Oregon range, Dakota 20, eTrex 20/30, Vista HCx/Legend HCx, GPSMAP 60Cx/CSx, 62s/62sc/62st/62stc, 76Cx/CSx, 78/78s, nuvi 550, echoMAP 50s/70s, GPSMAP 400, 500, 600, 700, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 series.

BlueChart g2 Vision maps are compatible with the following Garmin marine ChartPlotters:

Garmin GPSMAP 400, 500, 600, 700, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 series.

Garmin Montana range, Oregon range, Dakota 20, eTrex 20/30, Vista HCx/Legend HCx, GPSMAP 60Cx/CSx, 62s/62sc/62st/62stc, 76Cx/CSx, 78/78s, nuvi 550, echoMAP 50s/70s can also read g2 Vision charts but only for the chart data and not the g2 Vision features.

Page last updated: 10th November 2014

 

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