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bradenton whaler posted 08-20-2001 01:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for bradenton whaler   Send Email to bradenton whaler  
Any luck with the Garmin GPSmap 76? I am thinking about purchasing this model but do not know anyone who has used it. Comments?

Although this question is applicable to all boats.... it will be used for my 17' Whaler and I thought the users in this forum might have a comment or two. Thanks for the responses.


Tsuriki BW posted 08-20-2001 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Bradenton whaler,

Change the "show topics" to "the last 2 years". Hit "GO". Then go to edit on your browser and select "find". Type gps, click "find"/"find again" and look until you find a related thread. Continue until you the find the most related. Next change gps to garmin, find again. some thread titles have both, some only one.

If you don't get your complete answer, post a "reply question" to the most related thread. This will bring the post up to the top.

Good Luck


B Bear posted 08-20-2001 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I know that the Garmin GPS map 76 just came out this year. It may be too early for many people to have purchased this unit to give a good account of it's features. I understand it has WASS and a slightly larger display than Garmin's olser hand held units. A map on that size screen may not give you a detailed map, as would a larger display. It is also use for land navigation where a map can help. Other than the impressions I have given you I cannot add anything more as to how good this unit is. Good Luck.
gvisko posted 08-20-2001 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
i have the garmin76 hand held wass unit
on my montauk it works great it is with in
1 mile on my truck spedometer. the map feature can
be zoomed in for more detail . i bought the
power cord option because the batterys wont last 1 day . i also got marine mount for console fits real nice. they also have sep
antenna but dont find i need it in long island area. it is very accurate gvisko
Whaletosh posted 08-20-2001 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
If you are going to get the GPS 76 Map, power cord, and marine mount you might want to consider the GPS Map 176. Bigger, screen and accepts Blue chart carts. for not much more money for the package. The 176 comes with bracket and power cord.
gvisko posted 08-20-2001 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
i wish i new that at the time
the unit cost me $ 219.00 the power cord was
$ 33.00 and the mount was $ 27.00
for a total cost of $279.00
the 176 costs $ 349.00 i woudld have gone that route gv
Eric posted 08-20-2001 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I bought a GPS 76 last week. It's a similar model, without the mapping. I considered the Map 76, but didn't think that the screen was large enough for that much detail. I'm still learning to use the new tool, but am impressed so far. I think that if I went to a mapping unit, I would go with a larger screen.
whalerron posted 08-20-2001 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I like the idea of a mapping GPS but I bought the simpler Garmin GPS 12. It wasn't clear to me how you would update the channel marker data in the mapping GPS units and those channel markers are subject to change here in the colder climates. I use my unit in combination with fresh charts and I always know that my data is as upto date as it could be.


Tsuriki BW posted 08-20-2001 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
I have the older 175 and really like it. I have the chart for all of Puget sound and it is so helpful. I understand that Garmin, or you dealer can upgrade the map chips. (Garmin guy was on Ship Shape TV).


bradenton whaler posted 08-21-2001 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for bradenton whaler  Send Email to bradenton whaler     
Thanks for all the responses. I have some food for thought now. Next question...

What is the best online store for purchasing marine electronics. I found "GPS Planet" on Yahoo, they had the GPSmap 76 for $309. They had the lowest price I could find except for e-bay. E-bay has the unit for a reserve of $300. Any suggested sites?



B Bear posted 08-21-2001 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
With the new question maybe it would be time to start a new tread topic. This would make it easier for someone else to find this information later on, rather than hiding it in the current thread.

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