Lowrance Announces 1.3.0 Software Release for Point-1 External GPS Antenna

Lowrance has released a new software patch for the Point-1 external GPS antenna that allows the user to control whether Point-1 outputs electronic compass/heading data in installations where multiple Point-1 antennas are installed on the same network.
The Point-1 1.3.0 software is available to download from the Lowrance website:
All NMEA 2000® devices have a setting called ‘Instance.’ Changing the instance of a Point-1 will now control if a Point-1 outputs its electronic compass and heading data.
If a network has two or more Point-1 modules installed and they are all set to an instance of 0, the HDS Gen2 unit will automatically select one module to use as the heading source. If one of those Point-1 modules is changed to an instance of 1, the HDS will always receive its heading data from that Point-1 and ignore the other(s). If multiple Point-1 modules are set to instance 1, the user can control which is used for heading via the HDS data sources list.
To change the Point-1’s instance:

1. From the HDS settings menu, select ‘Network’

2. Select ‘Device list’

3. Select the Point-1 you wish to change

4. Select ‘Configure’

5. Select ‘Instance’ and change to 1

Mounting the Point-1
The Point-1 antenna contains an electronic compass to provide heading data to the network. This electronic compass reads and reacts to magnetic fields as any standard compass would. Any device that produces an electromagnetic field can have adverse effects on the Point-1’s electronic compass. When mounting a Point-1 antenna, it is imperative to ensure there are no sources of this interference near the antenna. The Point-1 module should be mounted a minimum of 1 meter (3.3 feet) from any of these devices in order to ensure proper electronic compass performance.
Potential interference sources that can affect the built-in electronic compass:

  • Trolling motors (internal magnets and high
  • electrical current)
  • Outboard or Inboard Engines (internal
  • magnets and high electrical current)
  • Radar modules (radio frequency
  • Interference)
  • Any radio antenna (radio frequency
  • Interference)
  • Mobile phones (radio frequency
  • Interference)
  • Power cables (high electrical current)
  • Wiring (high electrical current) Batteries (high electrical current)
  • Anything magnetic (Can influence the
  • magnetic field)
  • Large metal objects (tool boxes, etc.)

Updating the Point-1 via .swup file:

1. Insert the SD card with the .swup file into the HDS
2. Select ‘Files’ from the Pages menu
3. Select your SD card, and select the Point-1 .swup file
4. Select ‘Upgrade,’ then select ‘Show all’
5. Select the Point-1 from the list and press ‘Start Upgrade’
6. The HDS will warn you to ensure you have selected the proper device(s), press ‘OK.’ The
upgrade will begin
7. Once the bar reaches 100%, press ‘OK’ and ‘Close’

For More Information:
U.S. Based Resellers Technical and Order Support: (800) 324-4737
Canada Based Resellers Technical Support: (855) 361-1564
 OEM/Boatbuilder – oem-bb@navico.com
 International/Latin America – international@navico.com
 National Retail – retail@navico.com
 DDI (Dealers/Distributors/Indirect) – orders@navico.com

Lowrance Announces Version 2.1 Software Release for HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch Models

Lowrance is releasing an updated version of the recently announced 2.0 HDS Gen2 software. The new 2.1 version includes changes and enhancements to improve the user experience for the HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch series of products.
Items addressed with this new release:

1) Point-1 external GPS antenna performance: When a heading source is present, the
GPS chart now updates more smoothly and consistently – especially at slow speeds.
2) Improved GoFree™ wireless networking: Some installations of GoFree caused
inconsistencies in Ethernet networks. These have been resolved.
3) Improved performance of HDS Gen2 non-Touch models: Some users reported their
HDS Gen2 non-Touch models with the version 2.0 update became significantly
slower in responding to key presses. This aspect of Gen2 non-Touch performance
has been made more robust in version 2.1.

Two update files for the 2.1 software are available — one for HDS Gen2 Touch and one for
HDS Gen2 non-Touch models. These software updates can be downloaded from
PLEASE NOTE: If you experience problems with HDS Gen2 non-Touch models recognizing the update SD card, please press and hold the ‘Pages’ key while powering on. This will force the HDS to recognize the SD card and initiate the update.
For More Information:
U.S. Based Resellers Technical and Order Support: (800) 324-4737
Canada Based Resellers Technical Support: (855) 361-1564
 OEM/Boatbuilder – oem-bb@navico.com
 International/Latin America – international@navico.com
 National Retail – retail@navico.com
 DDI (Dealers/Distributors/Indirect) – orders@navico.com

Marine Safety – Marine Help Signals

Marine Safety – Marine Help Signals

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To ensure marine safety, even if you begin to have minor complications on your boat, let someone know as problems can quickly escalate on the water and you might prevent them from turning into an emergency.

It is best to contact the Coast Guard for all maritime emergencies as they are the Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinator if you are concerned about your safety.  If you are in distress, or in a situation where you or your boat are threatened by grave or imminent danger, the Coast Guard will come to your aid.

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Star Marine Depot is Featured on KillerStartUps News

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“A sunset cocktail sail around Key West.  A mid-summer cruise through Prince William sound, graced by a pod of Orcas and glaciers calving. Some of the best moments of my life have come on a boat… Star Marine Depot looks to keep sailors of all stripes smiling by equipping them properly for going out on the water.”

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Boat Maintenance

Maintaining Your Boat

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There are many aspects to maintaining a boat. The most important aspects are replacing parts that show damage, cleaning and checking the levels of water and fuel for boat maintenance. You will also need it to be kept up to date on current regulations and procedures and update your equipment accordingly.

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Technical Bulletin: SWUP Software Upgrade Utility

SWUP Software Upgrade Utility

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Support fo Simrad IS40 and B&G Triton HV Displays

Navico is pleased to announce the latest version of software for Navico SWUP Software Upgrade utility. This new version now incorporates support for the latest Simrad IS40 updates, B&G Triton displays and other products that will be released in coming months.

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Technical Bulletin: Lowrance Elite-7 Software Update

Technical Bulletin: Lowrance Elite-7 Software Update

Attention Navico Customer,

Click here to find the latest Technical Bulletin on the new Lowrance Elite-7 Software Version 1.8.

For more information, please call or email using the information below!

Lowrance HDS

Boating Etiquette Rules for Beginners

Boating Etiquette

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Knowing how to maneuver your vessel is not only important for safety but good seamanship.  It makes it a much more pleasant experience for all involved if you know boat ed and practice boating etiquette rules and other sailors appreciate it as well. Not to mention you could get into a lot of trouble if you don’t.

Keep in mind that navigating in one boat will not be the same in another boat. Go slowly, cautiously and practice in calm waters before trying to steer a new boat. Because boats are variable, do your research on the model beforehand. There are many technical issues to consider when boating.

These tips will cover the basics of how to maneuver close to another boat, dock, undock and get past bridges. There are many other techniques to consider as you advance in boating. However, the greatest way to learn boating is by getting real-life experience.

Maneuvering Close to Docks

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Safe boat docking requires awareness of ones environment. Always look out for boats that may be coming from the direction you want to turn. Give them plenty of space to get out before you enter that space, since docks do not usually allow two boats to pass at a time. You may also not have a lot of reaction time when steering. Whenever you turn in a tight space, start the turn early so that you have space to plan your next moves.

Use prevailing winds to your advantage when docking. They can help you to sail more slowly and maneuver more easily. You can also increase precision by coming into dock at an angle and slowing your speed. The boat will keep moving, so gently turn into the space enough so the boat does not continue to turn once you are trying to settle in. There are many ways to dock, so do whatever works for you. Never rush or overpower this process, as you risk hitting other boats and the pier.

This is something that takes practice to master. Whenever you find yourself turned or pushed by the wind, stay calm. Do your best to straighten out the boat by applying a small amount of force in turning. Go slowly until you find your natural balance.


As with docking you want to consider both the traffic and winds when undocking. Cast off your lines and head out at an angle, moving slowly in the direction you want to go. Once clear cast off your spring line and store all your lines in a secure place. Then turn safety out of the dock and out of traffic.

Draw Bridge Manners

Nautical charts a good resource for notifying you of bridges in the area. Pay attention to the requirements of each bridge to determine if your boat will fit. Some bridges also have scheduled opening times. This is why it is a good idea to plan out your journey ahead of time. Determine what routes are passable and when they open.

Pay attention to signs and signals when approaching a draw bridge. Many bridges have measurements on the water level, so you can tell whether you can pass through or not. You can also contact bridge controllers by either radio (channel 16, 13 or 9 typically) or sound signals. The most common and polite method is by radio.

To signal your intention to enter, you would make one short horn blast and then a second, louder one. They will either respond with the same signal or blast their own horn five times to indicate a stop is necessary. If you are given the stop signal blast your horn five times as well to acknowledge them. Be sure to thank them for their assistance on your way out either verbally or by waveing.

Rebate Offers

Star Marine Depot Rebate Offers

Check out our Hummingbird 597ci HD Combo Promotion. We give rebates on various Hummingbird models. This promotion lasts January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013. Complete the form and mail in your receipt to receive the rebate.

Hummingbird Fish Finder

The Hummingbird is a fish finder and chart plotter. It has GPS and a high quality display. The Hummingbird can go to a depth of 1200 ft and uses dual beam sonar.

We also have another fabulous rebate on the ACR Sarlink. This device relays your GPS location and can send out a unique distress signal when in distress. This is not only great for boating but for outdoor activities as well.

Another example of a rebate we offer is for the Cannon Magnum 10 STX Electric Downrigger. It can control your weights and keep them from swinging while fishing.

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These are just a few of the many great rebate offers have. To view them all please click HERE.

Fish Finders

Why buy a Fish Finder?

Fish finders are an important tool in your fishing arsenal! They provide GPS coordinates of your best fishing spots and sonar imaging. You can check the location, temperature and depth with a fish finder, which is useful extremely useful for maximizing a catch.

Fish finders can also save your best fishing coordinates. When you want to go back to a spot, finders will save you time and energy by directing you to the site through GPS. You will want a model with the ability to store large quantities of data.

If you are doing commercial fishing you will want a high watt fish finder because the greater the wattage, the faster the readings will be. Be sure to buy something in the range of 3000 watts or more. A high wattage fish finder will also give you more accurate data and help you to analyze where fish are likely to appear.

Another thing to consider then purchasing a fish finder is the screen quality. You will want a high resolution display with more pixels, large screen size and color. Don’t skimp on the fish finder, or you could find yourself with an outdated model that has limited functionality. The fish finders are essential to any fishing expedition. They will help improve catch rates as well as save time and energy. Take the guesswork out of fishing and bring a fish finder!

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