Features June 2007 Issue

Marine Satellite Weather Services Head-to-Head Test 2007

Testers compare the Sirius and Raymarine marine satellite weather service to that offered by Garmin and XM. Satellite weather forecasts allow mariners graphic visualization of information that once was accessible only through VHF and SSB broadcasts.

Marine electronics companies have joined forces with the two nationally known satellite radio providers, Sirius and XM, to provide weather information and weather maps to the mariner for moderate monthly fees. In this test, Practical Sailor takes a hard look at who provides the best satellite weather service, including weather radar, geared toward cruising sailors at the best overall price. We reviewed the XM marine weather forecast using a Garmin GDL 30A weather receiver linked to a 10.5-inch Garmin 3210 multifunction display. The Sirius system was tested with a Raymarine SR100 weather receiver providing the signal to Raymarine’s E120 multi-function, 12-inch display.

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