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Sal A posted 04-29-2009 08:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sal A   Send Email to Sal A  
Has anyone purchased one? The Amazon reviews are pretty positive, except for a screen that could be brighter. I was wondering if there were any first hand reports here, as the unit is on sale for about $350 shipping included.
Ridge Runner posted 04-30-2009 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I bought one of these for my small boat & canoe in FL, unit works great and it is waterproof to IPX7 standards. The biggest issue is the very very small screen size, 1.53"W x 2.55"H, its a tough read while underway at 30mhp. The marine mount is pretty nice.
Sal A posted 05-02-2009 06:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Thanks RidgeRunner.

I kind of know my waters; while not perfect I am thinking the unit might be ok for me, and even a good unit for the boys in their 13'.

rborroto posted 05-03-2009 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for rborroto  Send Email to rborroto     
Before you buy the 400c check it out in person (I think West Marine sells it). The screen is REALLY SMALL and not too bright.

Are you set on a handheld? Standard Horizon has the CP180i GPS Chartplotter with a bright 5 inch screen for $375, available at

PeteB88 posted 05-04-2009 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Sal - I bought top of the line Garmin handheld I think 787cx or something a few years ago and took it back. West Marine had them for $100 off. I was in Boulder for a week or something and reacted to the deal. This was the real deal before the Colorado and Oregon came out.

No question it worked great, portable but agree small screen was an issue and always is for handhelds. Deal breaker for me was all the money I had to spend for accessory software and charts to make it work to my expectations. It would have totaled $700 or $800 bucks I and couldn't justify that. So I took it back and got a refund.

I'm not sure about Colorado model but I'd make sure I knew what is standard and what needs to be added on if anything. I do think a good hand held is nice to have. I use our car Garmin GPS when on foot quite often. Salesman told he he uses the exact same model on his boat and I am sure it would work but it is not water proof. It does track your course and you can hit way points and it runs on battery for a short time if you darken the screen.

Let us know what you decide

I am looking for the right GPS/finder for the Outrage - Not sure, pals say Humminbird or Garmin.

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