Have you ever found that great fishing hole and then several months later wondered; Where was that place? Now you can ask the eXplorist 510 Marine Edition by Magellan GPS. In short, this is one amazing device that is much more than a GPS.
Of course the eXplorist 510 Marine Edition will show you where you are and where you have been. After all it is a GPS and the Navionics navigation charts on coastal waters and lakes are included on a Micro SD card. The eXplorist 510 Marine also is a 3.2 mega-pixel camera which delivers great photos right on the units 3” screen. While that may not sound important to you at first, let’s take a look at that application.
While you are paddling along in your fishing kayak the eXplorist 510 is generating your track or a bread crumb trail of sorts. Say you locate a nice fishy place and stake out to throw some lures and catch some great fish. Sounds good doesn’t’ it? So how do you find this hot spot again? Simple, just tap the touch screen, yes I said touch screen, select Waypoint, name the hot spot and now you can find it again. Let’s take it a step further however. What fish did you catch? What lure did you use? What was the tide and weather like and what did that prize fish look like? All of this information and more is at your fingertips. Just snap a photo of your prize catch with the 510, select the waypoint, tap record audio to record the information that you want associated with the photo and waypoint and then select save. It’s that simple and only takes a minute to do.
So now you are ready to paddle on to explore and find new fishing spots. Just put the slick little unit into the suspend mode with a touch of a button to save the batteries which last days and days. All but the GPS tracking function shuts down. When you are ready to check where you are or mark another waypoint, just touch the button and the eXplorist 510 comes to life. The screen turns bright and you will see where you have been and where you are. Catch another fish; snap a photo, mark & name the waypoint, record the audio data you want kept with the waypoint & photo then catch some more fish.
After a few more trips and you want to return to this magic place just tap the waypoint name in the waypoint menu and it will show you where your secret fishing holes are. The Magellan will even show you how to get to them form where you are making the unit a literal fishing hero and your best fishing buddy ever.
Another great feature of the eXplorist 510 marine edition unit is the online sharing experience it affords. You can capture and send screen shots to your friends or show off your Big O’l Fish on your favorite social media and more. The eXplorist will help you plan and plot your next fishing trip be it in saltwater or fresh.
This premium, rugged, handheld GPS with camera, microphone and speaker to record all of your actions outdoors is pre-loaded with World Edition. This is a road network of more than 200 countries along with city points, land areas, water features and realistic shaded relief backgrounds. You can go just about anywhere and know where you are and record it all on the eXplorist 510 with the marine edition.
I think the greatest single feature of this powerful little unit is how simple it is to use. You don’t need a degree in computer science to use all of the many features. It’s simple, fast and amazingly accurate. When we were testing our first unit before inviting Magellan to become a sponsor of the Kayak Fishing ClassicS, we put the eXplorist 510 marine edition through some tough testing. We knew it would be good, hey it’s a Magellan but we did not expect such a high level of accuracy that we experienced.
We launched our kayaks into the open Gulf of Mexico and paddled a few miles of open water into the backcountry of the Nature Coast of Florida. We proceeded into the bayous and crossed in and out of several systems all with the eXplorist in the Suspend Mode. We placed a marker float at the mouth of a secret creek, tapped the button to activate the live mode and created a waypoint at the float. We recorded the GPS location data and crossed referenced it on another GPS unit on the kayak for a comparison and future use. We paddled back to the launch point and called it a day.
Several days later we launched the kayaks and followed the track plot on the Magellan to the secret waypoint. We zoomed in the screen as we entered the last bayou area and followed the track to within a few inches not yards, of the float. The backup GPS got us only within 30’ of the float. The difference of a few inches and thirty feet could be the difference of catching or not catching fish. Or finding a launch point in a heavy sea fog but I think not finding fish would be far worse.
As a licensed sea captain of many years, I would highly recommend the Magellan eXplorist 510 with the marine edition. It is by far greatly superior to any other GPS unit that I have ever used.