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Bill Davis posted 01-22-2001 10:44 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I hope to explore the Aucilla River in Florida's Big Bend, in my 13' BW. The river is legendary for it's prop-busting limestone rock formations, and caution is the order of the day. Depending on the tide, these things can range from 3 ft. deep to 1 foot deep, or so.

I have been advised to get a GPS device and enter the location of the rocks as waypoints as I discover them, and build a little database of my own.

I am not the least bit familiar with gps, but I think I would want a handheld for my small boat; and I could use it for other stuff, like hiking I guess.

Any recommendations on features, make or model; or even feasability?


B Bear posted 01-23-2001 07:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I can tell you about the Garmin 12 hand held.
I like it very much. It is not fancy with a map, but I can enter in over 100 waypoints, and it has a backtrack feature. I only use two pages on it the most of the time. The one which shows bearing and speed and the tracking page. It also has icons for the different way points.
So I would imagine that an simple,inexpensive
GPS that has the number of way points you might need, and that has a backtrack feature, would work for you just fine.
dgp posted 01-23-2001 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Bill, for the definitive website for handheld GPS go to
I had a Magellan Color Track. It was very easy to learn to use and very accurate but I did not like the color display.
Powerboat Reports continually rates the Garmin 48 the best considering it's low price and it has a built in Nav Aide data base.
Magellan is intoducing soon a marine model of their 330 with mapping feature. Don
hauptjm posted 01-23-2001 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I use the Garmin 48. I never step foot on my boat without it. In fact I keep a duffel bag with a compliment of essentials that never leaves the back of my SUV unless I'm stepping on a boat. Foul weather gear, GPS, bic lighter, knife, sea boots, small first aid kit, socks, etc. Whether I'm going out on my boat for a 30 minute run, or on a friends boat for an overnighter, this bag comes with me.
Peter posted 01-23-2001 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I have no hessitation recommending a Garmin 48. I have a Garmin 45xl, the 8 channel predecessor to the Garmin 48. Works like a champ and is easy and convenient to use. The 48 is more accurate.
Bill Davis posted 01-23-2001 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
You guys are great.
Forgive my ignorance, but will a 48 save all the reference points I put in there about where the rocks are in the River, etc., so next time I go there I don't have to re-learn that?

thanks again--I gonna make me one of the bags, with the sea boots and all! We've got oyster bars to contend with, and I don't necessarily mean the kind with the bar stools.


Chesapeake posted 01-23-2001 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
With respect to the Garmin 48, is this a good "land" GPS. I do alot of hunting and thought a GPS might be anice insurance policy for mountain elk hunts in the back country.

If the 48 could double for both, that would be outstanding.

Hoop posted 01-24-2001 01:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
You'll want to be sure to take GPS accuracy into consideration. I believe that, with selective availability turned off, accuracy is within 10 meters....
hauptjm posted 01-24-2001 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
The Garmin 48 will store up to 500 waypoints. One of the best points of the 48 is the ease of operation. It's a truly well thought out product.
Whaletosh posted 01-24-2001 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
The GPS12 is very similar to the 48. The GPS12 Map has a base map and can be used with the Garmin Map CDs. The GPS12, GPS 12 Map, and the 48 are all good units. I have owned a GPS 45XL, a GPS 48, and my current GPS12 Map. All have worked very well. The GPS 45XL/48 does have the advantage of having an external quad helix antenna which means they can work in some crcumstances where the 12 series can't.

P.S. the Garmin CDs will work on a Power Mac in Virtual PC. I have used them with a Keyspan USB/serial converter. I have Momentum UConnect, but haven't had a chance to try it.

Sean Bashaw

dgp posted 01-24-2001 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
As a navigation tool the GPS doesn't know, or care, if it's tracking on land or water.
Your handheld marine GPS will work just as well when used hunting, hiking, etc.
Academy Sports & Outdoors (national chain) had the Magellan 2000 XL close-out priced at $99. This unit is just like ColorTrak less the color display and built-in altimeter. This unit is a very good buy especially since it has a NMEA output to interface with other electronics. Don
JimU posted 01-24-2001 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
The Garmin 48 is great. West Marine has them at about $220. I got mine from West Marine at $168 because Academy had them on sale and West matched their price.
Landlocked posted 01-25-2001 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I have a Magellan Map 410... I think its similar to the color track only B&W. The 410 comes with a built in base map and both marine and land modes. You can also download additional map info from the net.

Most of the time, I use it linked to a lap-top computer running Delormes Topo program (Tennessee) for work. With this set-up it will actually show me in the correct lane of the interstate. Your position shows up as a red dot on a USGS 7.5 min. Topo map.

I've been really impressed with the 410. GPS is about $300. Topo program if your interested is $100.

Pat Smith posted 01-25-2001 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
I found a GPS store on the web( you can comepare,also checkout the links page on that web site,theres good info there-Pat
Bill Davis posted 02-18-2001 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Just wanted y'all to know I ended up ordering a Garmin 12 Map. It is a handheld. I fouhd the best price at

This board, and it's members via back-line mail, was a big help to me, a newcomer.


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