If you’re looking for a bright side to the stinky economy try buying some new marine electronics, because now’s a great time to save money with the purchase of a chartplotter, handheld GPS, and more. The trick is simple: go to the manufacturer’s web site, before you buy.
Check out Garmin’s site, for example, and you’ll discover they’re offering eight different rebates, on products ranging from the Oregon handheld GPS ($50 off) to the GTN touch-screen (save up to $1,000). Click on the button, download a PDF of the rebate form, and save big bucks.
Go to Furuno’s site, and you’ll see a $200 cash rebate for any MFD8, MFD12 or MFDBB multifunction display you purchase—and they’ll also throw in free MM3D Charts, valued at $300 each. You’re in need of NavNet 3D DRS Radars and/or AIS? Save a hundred bucks on these, as well.
Raymarine, meanwhile, will rebate up to $450 on some A-series models, and up to $800 on some E-series and C-series models. Again, just click a button, print the form, and you’re ready to get that cash back.
Humminbird doesn’t have any rebates going at the moment, but they’ve slashed prices on legacy products that are still in stock. Take a look at their Closeouts page and you’ll find 597ci units $75 below list, as well as transducers and VHF radio headsets at rolled-back pricing.
Si-Tex also has a cash-saving promotion going, but you don’t have to lift a finger to get in on it. Just buy a Si-Tex EC-5, EC-7, or EC-11 chart plotter, and when you open up the box, you’ll discover a free C-Map MAX Wide chard card inside.
Of course, each of these offers has its own time limitations and restrictions (though we noted very few overall), so check out the manufacturer’s web site before you get ready to make a purchase. And if this rocky economy has you too strapped for an electronics upgrade, don’t worry—chances are there will be a new slew of rebates on the way when these companies make their introductions for the new calendar year.