Garmin® tackles crime on water

Global leader in personal satellite navigation*, Garmin, are working with Yamaha to install their award winning marine GPS equipment onboard the WaveRunner range of Personal Water Craft (PWC).

One major benefit to this exciting partnership is the support and confidence it gives Dorset police who rely on PWC to operate in one the world’s largest natural harbours; Poole.

The GPSMAP® 451s was first trialled by the police on a Yamaha WaveRunner VX Deluxe model and became an instant success enabling the police to patrol, flush out and rescue in shallow or restricted waters that only a PWC can operate in. YCopJetSki-182

Other noted qualities includes the GPSMAP 451s backlight facility giving the rider night time direction finding, this combined with modifications made to the PWC by Yamaha, who fitted navigation lights, meant that operations that had previously been restricted to daylight hours could now be run 24hrs; increasing the safety of the harbour at night.

The additional transducer fitting provides users with a measurement of depth increasing the flexibility of the craft and safe operation in shallow waters.

If successful the police may extend their use of the Garmin GPSMAP 451s to other emergency services with similar needs globally.

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*According to Canalys report for sat nav sales made in 2009

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