Product Reviews: Weather Solutions

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The Garmin GPSMAP 7412 Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Supports radar, autopilot, instruments, multiple screens and digital switching
  • Simplified SOS calling allows you to tap a button on the touchscreen
  • Axis and FLIR camera support

CONs:

  • Only compatible with other Garmin products

Garmin gWind 2 Wireless Transducer

PROs:

  • Makes it easier than ever to have highly accurate wind data when and where you need it most
  • NMEA 2000 compatible
  • Stand-alone wind system or expanded to full onboard network

CONs:

  • Not compatible with GNT 10
  • Still have to climb up the mast to install however the battery is solar charged and lasts up to 3 years

Raymarine SR6 SIRIUS Weather Receiver

PROs:

  • Compatible with most Raymarine MFDs
  • Customizable alerts on SIRIUS radio for when favourite artists are playing
  • 130 SIRIUS satellite radio channels available

CONs:

  • Marine antenna must be purchased separately

Airmar PB200 WeatherStation

PROs:

  • Can replace current GPS system
  • No extra sensors needed
  • No moving parts

CONs:

  • Some displays cannot handle data from weather station
  • Dew point difficult to calculate on some displays

Garmin GDL 40 Weather Receiver

PROs:

  • Live weather radar and forecasts
  • Wide coverage area
  • Pay-as-you-go option

CONs:

  • Costly when activated daily
  • Not available for European boaters

Garmin GXM 51 XM Satellite Weather Radio

PROs:

  • Extensive and up to date Satellite weather information
  • Easy installation with built in N2K connectivity
  • MX satellite radio (170+ stations)

CONs:

  • Subscription to MX satellite service required
  • Requires an XM radio compatible chartplotter and N2K network
  • External speakers may be required for XM audio

Maretron WSO 100 Weather Station Transducer

PROs:

  • Single N2K connection required
  • Standard 1-1/4 inch mounting

CONs:

  • Requires compass (SSC200) for wind chill factor, dew point and true wind speed & direction
  • More expensive then wind vane
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