Thursday, June 4, 2009

A little secret: How you can save money on navionics...

You fully realize that BOAT stands for "break out another thousand". Unless you are Warren Buffett, you don't have endless amount of green.

I'm going to let you in on a secret, that nobody in the marine industry likes to talk about. And, the reason that they don't want to talk about this - is because they want to make a lot of money - off of you. When NMEA decided upon a new communication standard in 2005 (called NMEA 2000) - nobody bothered to tell you how much this change would eventually affect your wallet. If your navionics were installed prior to 2005, using NMEA 0183 standards, start crossing your fingers now and hope that none of your instrument displays goes kaput. Because, when they do -- you don't have the option to replace a single display with a newer model (using NMEA 2000). These won't work with the rest of your instrumentation. Why, because the rest of your instrumentation uses NMEA 0183. Get ready to stimulate the marine economy, and replace ALL of your instrumentation and navigation, with newer equipment that uses the NMEA 2000 protocols.

Sure, you could do some online research. Maybe you could find a used model on eBay? But good luck with this. Older marine instrumentation and navionics are a hot commodity.

Are there any other options? YES. You can replace the instrument display that failed - without having to replace your ENTIRE navionics system. You don't need to buy from a specific manufacturer. You don't need to search the internet for marine parts from an islander in Figi. You don't need to rip out every marine electronics you have in place. You don't need to blow the wad you were saving for your retirement. That's right. Instead, you can use handHELM(tm) - as a replacement for instrumentation displays using NMEA 0183.

Keep reading. I'm going to show you how handHELM(tm) will not only save you money, but it offers you backup redundancy and portablity to your navionics. You'll save A LOT of money too. You'll have peace of mind, that in case any instrument fails, you've got it covered. Your comfort level goes up too. You are not stuck at the helm station anymore. handHELM(tm) is the best kept secret in the marine industry. And, now you know.

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