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PeteB88 posted 08-01-2007 08:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for PeteB88   Send Email to PeteB88  
I just bought a Garmin 76 CSX thinking I would use it w/ fish finder for Classic 13 but I am not sure. It is a great unit for sure but by the time I buy all the optional stuff I will have thrown down a lot of moolah. The salespeople seemed to agree the handheld I bought has more features than a combo unit GPS whether Garmin or Lowrance.

So what is the consensus? Finder with this handheld or combo unit? I have 30 days to return or exhange and would like to hear from the fleet.

I was also told that this unit will connect to certain Humminbird fishfinders and that Humminbird has really improved their product line. So that's another write a check moment.

Thanks to you all in advance

sternorama posted 08-01-2007 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
If you are considering handheld vs fixed mount... I like the handheld as I can take it from boat to boat easily, and a fist full of alkalines provides a redundant electrical system for it. You could even keep it in your pocket so it would be handy if you fall overboard!

Seems like all the big boys hard mount thier stuff, though. Guess I'm not much help...

HAPPYJIM posted 08-02-2007 04:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
I like the handhelds also. I can take them in any boat that I go in. All of MY waypoints and fishing holes are always with me. I can use my handheld for hiking, hunting or on the boat.
handn posted 08-02-2007 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Both, I like the idea of redundancy.
Hand held screens aren't very readible. I like the idea of a big electronic chart on the screen, particularly if I am going somewhere I have never been. The bottom end fixed mounts are almost free and work well.
My handheld is a cheapie. All it needs to do is give me longitude and latitude and give me a bearing to home port.
I considered a fancy handheld for hunting, but the available cartography left much to be desired. They work great if you want a urban grid but thats what maps are for.
PeteB88 posted 08-02-2007 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Ya, I'm leaning towards a nice dual function mounted in the boat and a cheaper handheld - still in 30 day period so I can take it back. More later.

pb

sternorama posted 08-02-2007 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
Good point about screen size and readability. The handheld's screen is much less user friendly than the nice larger mounted versions.
where2 posted 08-02-2007 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
For $400, you can find a Standard Horizon CP180i with twice the screen and a 3 year no hassle water proof warranty. Add a C-Map chart, and a black box fish finder and transducer to it, and you have $950 invested.

I love my CP180i, but it's not the cheapest little guy to build out as a GPS/FF combo.

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