SEVERNA PARK, Md. - The National Marine Electronics Association has released a six-page guide to help boaters identify the right place to purchase boating electronics, whether at a marine electronics dealer or Internet marketplace.
The NMEA Guide to Boating Electronics includes a table that helps buyers match their criteria for purchase to multiple sources of supply, from marine electronics dealers to Internet sellers, providing consumers with information about the benefits and risks of buying products from different Web and business storefronts.
The guide encourages consumers to shop through NMEA dealers, who can provide warranty service and technical support for products after the sale.
"We think that boaters will benefit from this guide," NMEA Interim Executive Director Bruce Angus said in a statement. "Boating electronics are installed and used differently than home consumer electronics, and we hope the guide will help to identify those differences and this knowledge will benefit retail outlets (better customer advice), manufacturers (better warranty control) and the end-users (better fun control)."
The Guide to Boating Electronics also includes information about various network and installation standards developed by the NMEA.