What to give to sailors? Reading fodder, cool clothes or technology. Garmin’s new gadgets are great not only for on-board use, but also for everyday sports on land. SeaHelp presents five gift ideas that are guaranteed to go down really well with the recipient.
Gift Tip 1
Handheld GPSMAP 79s from Garmin
Rugged and swimmable!
Rugged, waterproof, buoyant and fogproof: these are the features that score the handheld GPSMAP 79s by Garmin, which can store up to 10,000 waypoints. Equipped with a sunlight-readable, high-resolution color display, the included worldwide base maps are easy to see; optional BlueChart® g3 maps can be mapped. An integrated compass always shows the right way in addition to the GPS function, the battery lasts up to 19 hours in GPS mode, so that the handheld is also a reliable, safe companion on longer tours – whether on the water or on land.
349.00 euros recommended retail price
Gift tip 2
Handheld GPSMAP 86i from Garmin
Everything in view on 3 inch display!
Get out of the daily grind, into adventure. And whether it’s sailing, paddling, or an extended hike, you won’t get lost with the Handheld GPSMAP 86i, and you’ll be able to find your way even on unfamiliar terrain. The 3-inch display is easy to read even in sunlight. On board, the handheld is simply connected to the chart plotter of the existing on-board electronics, so that all important ship data is displayed directly on the handheld and can be read everywhere on board.
The floatable, very robust device is also a real memory wonder with 8 GB, on which up to 10,000 waypoints and 250 routes can be saved and which also allows the control of autopilot and a Fusion Marine stereo system. SeaHelp Tip: With built-in inReach® satellite communications with two-way messaging and an interactive SOS distress function with GPS tracking, it’s the ideal companion for those who like to get a little farther away and go it alone.
399.00 euros recommended retail price
Gift Tip 3
Quatix 6 by Garmin
Smartwatch with marine function
GPS, music player, fitness functions and what else? With dedicated marine functions, the quatix® 6 multisport smartwatch connects to compatible Garmin chartplotters and other devices. Thus, water depth, engine speed, wind and custom data are displayed directly on the smartwatch when it is connected to the compatible devices on board. In addition, coastal charts are displayed with integrated Navionics® data.
Of course, the multi-function wrist wonder also shows emails, text messages and alarms directly on the display when paired with a compatible Apple or Android smartphone. The smartwatch is available with two different case sizes in 47 or 51 millimeters in diameter. You can also choose between Gorilla and Spahir glass. Gorilla glass is extremely break- and scratch-resistant, while sapphire glass is even higher-quality and also suitable for water sports enthusiasts who put their watch through a lot of maneuvers and the odd blow against the winch. Those who choose the model with the large case diameter can also select a glass that is equipped with solar panels, so that the watch can be charged without power.
699.00 euros recommended retail price
Gift Tip 4
BlueChart g3 nautical charts / VEU014R-Italy, Adriatic
The whole Adriatic Sea and more
Give digital nautical charts of the favorite common sailing area as a gift! And ones where you can instantly see everything that matters: Shaded depth and coastlines, harbor plans, wrecks and obstacles. For a better overview, you can choose between two map views – standard 2D view from above and 3D view with a view over the bow. Aerial views of harbors, marinas, waterways and coastal roads also help to keep the overview. And in addition, as a small add on for all those who like to try at sea to enrich the culinary offer on board: Fishing charts with display of bathymetric contours.
The BlueChart® g3 and BlueChart g3 Vision charts offer all this with integrated content from Garmin and Navionics® as well as with Auto Guidance technology. The VEU014-Italy Adriatic Nautical Chart includes detailed coverage of several Italian lakes, the Po River and the Adriatic coast of Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, the west coast of Greece and southern Italy. Especially handy: suggested routes for your dream cruise.
280,00 Euro recommended retail price
Gift Tip 5
Vivoactive 4 by Garmin
The watch for active life
It’s fascinating what can now fit into a small wrist device for which the term “watch” might not quite fit. The waterproof GPS Fitness Smartwatch Vivoactive 4 from Garmin offers heart rate measurement as well as 20 different sports apps, has a battery life of more than a week, a contactless payment function and, of course, a music player. A smartwatch for all those who are more than active, whether on, on or under water. Over 40 training plans are available with different difficulty levels: Animated exercises for strength training, cardio, yoga and Pilates are shown on your display. In addition, there are more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, including walking, running, cycling, swimming and golf. When paired with a compatible phone, it also provides information about calls and received messaging messages. SeaHelp Verdict: Perfect companion on board when the smartphone finds no place in a bathing suit or bikini and you still want to be informed and fit!
299.99 euros recommended retail price