A Basic Introduction to Marine Electronics

Marine electronics

What are marine electronics?

Tools designed specifically for vehicles often found in the marine environment, such as ships and yachts. These tools are water-resistant or waterproof and do not get destroyed by saltwater. These devices are called marine electronics.

Types of marine electronics

There are different types of marine electronics. These types are listed below:

  • Navigation:These electronics are important since they help prevent you from getting lost at sea and ending up in the Bermuda triangle.

GPS: This tool displays your location at a given point in time.

Chartplotter: This tool plots your GPS coordinates on a map to give you a better idea of your location.

Radar: This tool helps you see objects better at night or when low visibility.

Autopilot: This steers your vehicle on a specific, predetermined course.

  • Communication: These electronics allow you to communicate with other vessels and send SOS calls.

VHF-FM Radio: This allows you to send distress calls to the nearest Coast Guard and surrounding vessels.

SSB Radio: This works similar to the VHF, but the range is increased (from 50 nautical miles to 400).

Satellite Phones: This allows you to remain in contact with your near and dear ones on land.

  • Sonar: These devices allow them to see what is underwater.

Forward-Looking Sonar: This device informs you about shallow waters and underwater dangers.

Fish Finder: This tool is beneficial for fishermen since they alert them of the location of the fish.

These electronics are especially useful if one tends to spend a good amount of their time at sea. Depending on what you are at sea for, make sure you have these tools with you.