Marine Navigation Tools Explored

In the past, sailors had to stick to the coastline for fear of getting lost in the unknown that was the open ocean. This later developed into the traditional form of navigating via the stars – the ancient Minoans would use the location of particular stars (like those in Ursa Major) to direct the passage of their ships.

sailing

by Edgar Barany on Flickr

Even further forward in time, tools like the mariner’s astrolabe came into play, using the declination of the sun in the sky to help judge the direction in which to travel. This was replaced by the octant, which was in turn superseded by the sextant, and then the chronometer.

RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) replaced all of these, and was first used in 1937, and since then we’ve come on in leaps and bounds – most of us now use GPS (Global Positioning System) devices to get around. Because we are able to use online resources and tools, as well as satellite-based navigation systems, getting from A to B is much easier now than it ever has been – no pen, paper and complicated equations required!

And with the news that well over $20 billion was spent on recreational boat trips last year, what better time than to explore today’s various navigational tools? Whether you’re planning to sail around the Caribbean or simply cross the Channel, your journey can be made more enjoyable with the proper planning and navigation tools.

Safety at Sea

If you are traveling through unfamiliar waters or heading towards a place you’ve never been before, you need very detailed information to ensure that you travel safely and to keep your mind at ease.

One of the best services for this is E-Marina, an online tool supplied by marinefuel.com. It offers a number of advanced searching capabilities which can benefit travellers both long and short haul. It includes a variety of useful safety features, such as having all relevant marina contact information being sent directly to your mobile, and can even tell you how far you are from your nearest fuelling station.

This can help save you from running out of fuel in the middle of the ocean, and can be combined with the Concierge Fuel Bid Desk – a fuel assisting resource for bigger vessels – to show you the cheapest places for fuel in your vicinity.

To Help You Get There

Marine tools from Shipserv come in all shapes and sizes, but by far the most popular (and the most useful!) are the cutting edge GPS marine navigation systems. These are already in use by the majority of boaters, but if you find them to be out of your price range, a simple internet-based service could suffice – just plan ahead and map out your journeys online!

Again, we are going to recommend E-Marina, as it is a fantastic service which offers many different facets. It can give you real-time information about all the marinas you could want, giving a database jam-packed with all the necessary info, such as location, fuel prices, mapping features, transient slip information and even whether or not the marina is pet-friendly! What more could you ask for?

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