Latest & Greatest: September 2002

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Magellan GPS

By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — September 2002


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Just look at the Magellan SporTrak Pro. This handheld unit comes with a 9-MB database that can display buoys, marinas, lighthouses, wrecks, and obstructions. The unit's 23-MB built-in memory lets you download street and topographic map info via the optional Magellan Map-Send CD-ROMs. (The PC cable required for this application is included with the SporTrak Pro.) The 2.3"L x1.4"W LCD screen can display maps, compass course, speed, satellite signal status, and more.

The SporTrak Pro is powered by two AA batteries that should offer 14 hours of operation before needing replacement. Rubberized construction helps make the GPS waterproof (it's said to even float) and lightweight at 6.1 ounces. Options include a mounting bracket for the tender, a carrying case, and cigarette lighter power adapter. Pricing information was unavailable at presstime. The SporTrak Pro is available through Magellan electronics dealers.

Magellan Phone: (909) 394-5000. Fax: (909) 394-7050.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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