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Price Comparison of GPS Receivers for Marine v. Highway
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posted 08-06-2009 12:21 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 08-06-2009 03:20 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 08-06-2009 04:17 PM ET (US)
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....
posted 08-06-2009 04:25 PM ET (US)
Here's a nice Garmin for less than that.
posted 08-06-2009 06:17 PM ET (US)
It is when you're out navigating on the high seas and you take an ill timed wave.
posted 08-06-2009 08:38 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 08-06-2009 09:06 PM ET (US)
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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