✔ 1. Your Multifunction Display
Multifunction displays have transformed navigation for sailors and these intelligent and intuitive screens have opened up more possibilities in the world of boating. They give sailors a range of information at their fingertips, saving time and effort onboard and are becoming an invaluable addition to any boat. Even the most dedicated paper and chart user is now seeing the added value they can bring to the vessel. The simplicity with which MFDs can now be used means that they can help to save time, effort and improve safety onboard. Using your MFD to its full potential will improve and enhance your time on the water.
"The weekends before the first outing on the water offer an ideal time to have a play with your MFD and make sure that the key settings are in place".
The first thing I check is that my chart cartridge is up to date then power up the system and check that I am getting a good GPS fix. That’s the first critical item “where am I?” dealt with; the second is depth, so check that you are getting a credible depth reading on the echosounder or fishfinder, then check to see that shallow water alarms are set as you want them. After knowing where I am and that I am in safe water my next priority is see and be seen so check that you are seeing AIS targets on the chart plotter and, if you have Class B transmitting AIS, check that it is working correctly too.
If you haven’t upgraded since 2015, chances are you are out of date and missing out on the latest features, capabilities and bug fixes. Be sure to check the Product Software Updates section of Raymarine.com for all the latest software.