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skred posted 08-06-2009 12:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for skred   Send Email to skred  
I don't understand why a GPS navigation unit for automobiles sells for as little as $80.00 (in color, too!), but a marine version sells from $350.00 to over $1,000.00. What's so significantly more costly to justify that kind of difference?
HAPPYJIM posted 08-06-2009 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
You can buy them for much less than that as long as you don't need a chartplotter. Marine GPS's are waterproof also, car type are not.
skred posted 08-06-2009 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I've priced Garmin, Eagle, and Humminbird non- chart-plotting units and they're all over $400.00 I don't believe waterproofing is worth $300-500 bucks extra....

HAPPYJIM posted 08-06-2009 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Here's a nice Garmin for less than that.

http://www.tigergps.com/gagps152fimo.html

Liteamorn posted 08-06-2009 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
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I don't believe waterproofing is worth $300-500 bucks extra....

It is when you're out navigating on the high seas and you take an ill timed wave.
jimh posted 08-06-2009 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You can buy a great GPS receiver for $35.

The cost of marine GPS receivers is driven up by the sunlight-viewable color displays and expensive marine chart cartography bundled with them. And, of course, the market for marine instruments in much smaller and less competitive than for vehicle and highway instruments.

swist posted 08-06-2009 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
And I suspect the marine units are more robust in ways beyond water resistance. I've had several different marine GPS units and have never known one to lock up or experience some sort of system "crash". Auto units don't seem quite so bulletproof.

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