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|Gene in NC||
posted 08-22-2006 03:49 AM ET (US)
My little ole yellow Etrex did the job from Providenciales, Caicos to Wilmington, NC with all runs off shore except 200 miles in ditch from St. Simons to Charleston. Last leg was 150 miles in 5 hours from Charleston arriving Masonboro Inlet at 1:05 a.m.. A couple of other legs were also done at night.
I wasn't aboard but expect to use the eTrex and somewhat less adventurous off shore routes in the Montauk.
Lotta capability for a one measly Franklin.
posted 08-22-2006 11:42 AM ET (US)
Good point Gene. Hand held GPS's are great and have many benefits. Inexpensive, small, easy to switch from boat to boat or camping and hunting. A good introduction into the navigation world of GPS and within the reach of everyone at $100. Even if you upgrade to a chart-plotter, the little handheld makes a fantastic back-up.
posted 08-22-2006 01:50 PM ET (US)
I love handhelds. My current favorite is the Magellon Sportrac. I think these may be discontinued now but it is accurate, easy to use. I have the Magellon mount for it on top of my console. It snaps in and provides cheap navigation. It is nice to have it even though I have the Humminbird 987c. It is handy to be able to track more than one point such as when anchoring over a large ledge or wreck or keeping a return route or alternate programmed in or to keep an eye on location relative to a point of interst when using the Humminbird 987c in full screen modes.
posted 08-22-2006 08:52 PM ET (US)
I've got an old Garmin 45 that serves me well.
Hunting boating has never let me down.
I'll upgrade to one that is NMEA 2000 compatable at some point
posted 08-24-2006 06:54 PM ET (US)
I always take my handheld eTrex Vista when I'm on the water, even with a console-mounted sonar/gps. It's a handy way to transfer tracks and waypoints to my PC (yes, I'm a wonk and have logs of all my trips for two years back). Plus I figure it's a good backup or something to grab if I ever had to ditch.
|Whalin in Maryland||
posted 08-24-2006 08:25 PM ET (US)
I also use an E-Trex Vista. I bought a Bicycle Handle Bar Mount for it which fits perfectly on the center console grab rail.
posted 08-25-2006 10:42 AM ET (US)
I also have the etrex but can't figure out how to enter the correct HTML numbers. There's DDMM , DDMS , etc , etc. If I go on an internet map service and grab some coordinates , then try and enter them to my etrex there always seems to be either a lack of numbers or too many numbers.
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