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JimU posted 11-20-2000 11:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for JimU   Send Email to JimU  
Any body have experience or opinions about the Garmin 48 GPS. Thanks JIM
Whaletosh posted 11-20-2000 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I have owned the following Garmins:

GPS 50
GPS 45
GPS 48
GPS 12 Map (my current unit)

all have been great performers. The GPS 48 is very good unit. It locks on fast, tracks well, and is fairly easy to use. But, if you acn swing it the 12 Map gives you mapping capability that the GPS 48 doesn't. The 12 Map also comes with a data cable instead of it being an option.

david in boston posted 11-20-2000 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for david in boston  Send Email to david in boston     
I have a Garmin 48 and like it very much. for the price $180-200. it has great features. I like the track back feature that leaves a "bread crumb" trail for you to follow back if you like. and the speed sensor is very accurate. its very well made and tough. Ive soaked it a few times without any problems. be sure to keep extra fresh batteries on board in case they go. not much warning. check out the Garmin website. I have my eye on a garmin chart plotter 185? it has very nice graphics and maps on little chips that you can plug into the unit. but for a hand held unit the 48 is great.


Peter posted 11-20-2000 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I have a 45xl which is the 8 channel predecessor to the 48. 48 has a few more features than the 45xl. If you're thinking of getting a basic handheld for a marine environment, the 48 is the one to get because it can take a good soaking. It's case is dry nitrogen filled, that's why it is a bit more expensive compared to the GPS 12. A person who teaches navigating once told me that the 45 (now 48) is the model to get for handhelds because of the nitrogen filled case.

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