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bben posted 02-03-2007 03:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for bben   Send Email to bben  
I [plan to buy] a small and portable GPS. I have a 150 Montauk and want [a small portable GPS] that can be powered by the [the boat's] 12-volt battery using an adapter. I am [undecided between buying] a Garmin 478 ($700) now or waiting for the new 2007-model-year products from Garmin. Garmin will be offering a [small portable GPS] similar [to the GARMIN 478] for about the same price. [Requests advice on buying now or waiting two months with the provision that] I don't really need it now, but I will come Spring. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

I don't necessarily need [the GPS to also include cartography for] streets. I am really interested in the marine features.

jimh posted 02-03-2007 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The market for GPS small receivers is very fast-paced. I would not buy the device until you need it. The product cycle of small GPS receivers seems to be less than a year. In two more months there could be a new generation available.
RandyK posted 02-03-2007 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for RandyK  Send Email to RandyK     
I have a Garmin 178C GPS/SOUNDER installed on my Montauk 150. It has all the features you would ever need and you should be able to find one for under $600. Check it out here: Mine has the internal antenna, Blue Chart chip for the West Coast, and is wired to my ICOM DSC VHF radio. Very nice system for a 15.5 ft. boat.
Bella con23 posted 02-03-2007 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
I second the Garmin 178C. It is a very versatile unit, clear screen and has tons of adjustable features.

I recently sold my 240 SeaRay with the stipulation that the installed Garmin unit is not included. I installed it on my 23' Conquest and has been performing flawlessly for us.

WT posted 02-03-2007 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I have the Garmin 478. If I were you, I'd wait until the new models come out.


zotcha posted 02-04-2007 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
I am waiting as well. 478C quickly coming down (less than $700, including transducer). New models appear to have more options, and look to be less expensive. And will all have preloaded cartography. Info is on Garmin's site. I think it is the new 505C that will best replace the 478C. zot.
bben posted 02-04-2007 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for bben  Send Email to bben     
Thank you all. Will the new 505 be wired the same way with the 12 volt plug?
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-05-2007 12:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The new generation of Garmins will undoubtedly still run on
12V DC. It's the only game in town. They may use a different
plug at the GPS, but that's unimportant because because the
cable will come with the unit.

If you want to plug one into a cigarette lighter socket, my
advice is DON'T. Those sockets are notoriously unreliable.
Hardwire it.


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