Although the Magellan range of navigation devices is primarily used by landlubbers, it should be noted that the original Portuguese namesake for MiTAC Digital Corporation's line of portable GPS units earned his reputation by navigating on water. As such, the release of the new Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition for boaters can be considered to be quite fitting. Fresh from releasing seven new Roadmate GPS units, Magellan's latest addition to its eXplorist line boasts custom Navionics charts and data for US coastal waters up to two miles offshore. It also has information for inland waters -- including high-definition content for 12,000 lakes. Other features for the waterproof navigation device include a built-in camera and 3-inch color touchscreen that's readable in direct sunlight. The release of the eXplorist 510 Marine Edition is pegged for August at MagellanGPS.com and authorized dealers, with a suggested retail price of $479.99. For more info, go ahead and wade into the obligatory PR after the break.
Magellan Launches eXplorist Marine Edition to Give Recreational Boaters a Total Navigation Solution for U.S. Coastal and Inland Waters
10 July, 2012 SANTA CLARA, CA – Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, today announced the new Magellan® eXplorist® 510 Marine Edition, a comprehensive navigational solution for recreational boaters with exclusive coverage content of U.S. inland and coastal waters and a powerful Magellan eXplorist GPS receiver.
The Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition provides boaters with a custom selection of best-in-class Navionics marine navigation charts and data plus a rugged, waterproof handheld Magellan eXplorist 510 Outdoor GPS device featuring easy-to-use menus, a built-in camera and a 3-inch sunlight-readable color touchscreen. In addition to high-definition content for 12,000 U.S. lakes, the Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition includes U.S. coastal coverage up to two miles offshore, with data on 5-foot contours, tides, currents, wrecks, port plans, marsh areas, and marine services.
"It is our goal to deliver the most complete coverage and the most detailed content possible for recreational boaters," said Warren Hewerdine, Sr. Director of Marketing for Magellan. "Partnering with Navionics allowed us to not only deliver best-in-class- marine charts, but also develop a Magellan-exclusive solution combining lakes and coastline content for the most comprehensive coverage possible."
For maximum convenience to consumers, all Navionics charts and marine data are pre-loaded on a single MicroSD card that is included with the eXplorist 510 Marine Edition. Available in August from MagellanGPS.com and Magellan's authorized retail and online partners, the Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition is $479.99 (MSRP).
Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan (http://www.magellangps.com) brand of portable GPS navigation consumer electronics devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation. Recognized as an industry pioneer, Magellan globally markets its award-winning portable navigation devices including the Magellan RoadMate® series for autos, RVs, fleet and commercial vehicles, and GIS, the eXplorist® outdoor series for hunting, fishing, hiking and geocaching enthusiasts, and mobile apps and accessories for smart phones. Follow Magellan on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MagellanGPS), Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/magellangps) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/magellanvideo).