On Sunday, July 12, let’s all plan to go boating.

Weather or Not

Get what you pay for with the Garmin GDL 40 weather receiver. The unit is NMEA 2000 for easy plug-and-play installation and receives a feed of weather data from a cellular network. That means two things for those using the company’s compatible GPSMAP systems: The weather data is updated only within range of the cell network (read: most recreational boaters), and it’s an inexpensive alternative to satellite feeds. Garmin’s pricing structure allows the user to buy service only when it’s needed—$4.99 per 24-hour period charged to a credit card linked to a myGarmin account. The data comes from a Garmin subsidiary called Digital Cyclone and is transmitted over AT&T’s cellular network with a GSM signal. The GDL 40 has an MSRP of $300. www.garmin.com