PUBLISHED: 10:33 AM on Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Learn how to use GPS

Many boaters and fishermen have a GPS receiver and nautical charts, but if you ask them how to use both together you'll often see blank stares. Maptech's new flip and fold waterproof training chart, How to Use GPS with Charts, gives a step-by-step explanation and aims to turn their look of bewilderment into "Wow, I finally got it. This is really easy and powerful." Now in less than an hour you can turn your investment in a GPS receiver into a useful navigation tool.

How to Use GPS with Charts is an outgrowth of hearing countless people ask questions on using a GPS with charts. See if this sounds all too familiar. Pointing to a chart they ask:

• "I want to go here, but how do I find the waypoints to put into my GPS?

• "How do I transfer my waypoints from the GPS to see where I am on the chart?"

• "Where am I and where is this on the chart?"

With the new How to Use GPS with Charts questions like this are a thing of the past. Understanding how a GPS works with charts is vital; especially if you boat or fish in unfamiliar waters and is a great safety feature in both familiar and unfamiliar waters.

"GPS is a powerful tool, but it's only as good as the charts you use with it," said Robert A. Sweet, author of GPS for Mariners. "GPS by itself knows nothing of what's around you. How to Use GPS with Charts is the take along 'Quick Start' guide that shows you how to navigate safely to your destination, and even how to check the GPS."

The format of How to Use GPS with Charts follows Maptech highly successful series of flip and fold waterproof charts. It has a total of 8 panels (front and back) on waterproof paper that opens in sections that are roughly 14 inches high and 12 inches wide. Folded the guide is only 14 x 6 inches and can be rolled up to fit your pocket or tackle box.