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Hand-held GPS Survey
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posted 11-07-2007 11:18 AM ET (US)
I want to purchase a new GPS for my Montauk 17 with the following characteristics:
-> hand-held model
Any suggestions regarding make/model and also best place to purchase it? Thanks in advance for your assistance.
posted 11-07-2007 02:57 PM ET (US)
I purchased a new in the box Raymarine RC400 off of ebay. It works great but the AA battery life isn't the greatest. Doesn't matter because I hook it up to the boat's battery. Do a search on the Raymarine site or ebay. Last year when I was shopping for one, it was listed at Overton's for $750!
posted 11-07-2007 08:36 PM ET (US)
The Garmin 76 Map hand held may work for you. I have the non-mapping version with a Ram mount which works great. Take a look... http://www.ram-mount.com/ramgps.htm
posted 11-08-2007 08:12 AM ET (US)
I use the Garmin GPS Map 76CS as a back up unit for the boat and also the car and bicycle. This model is discontinued but readily availble new online and on E-bay. I paid $180 for it. It accepts data transfer from a computer via a USB connection. You just need to buy the Mapsource CD's or Bluechart CD's and you are in business. It is loaded with a basemap, of course. This unit also sports an altimeter and I use it on my giant scale airplane models to determine max altitude. Also, it is fun to follow along in a real plane to see where we are, how fast, how high, etc. I mount it with the RAM mount suction cup and U-mount (for the bike)designed specifically for it (cir. $40) It is a great little unit that will certainly serve your marine needs and then some.
posted 11-08-2007 10:12 AM ET (US)
Whichever unit you buy, get the RAM mount for it. They are high quality and very stable.
posted 11-08-2007 11:56 AM ET (US)
Be concerned with readability underway. The small screens
can be hard to reed.
For Garmin: Mapsource is the program that loads the charts.
posted 11-10-2007 07:18 PM ET (US)
Many thanks for your advice and suggestions.
posted 11-11-2007 11:29 PM ET (US)
I have been using a Garmin Xtrex Legend on the Chesapeake bay and a local Lake for about a year. I downloaded navigational buoys but I havnt purchased any charts, although capable. In summary it has saved me a few times locating my way home, good battery life, function well, but very hard to read with small screen. I will be purchasing a larger unit soon.
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