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SeaHag posted 05-09-2002 11:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for SeaHag   Send Email to SeaHag  
Question for the masses! I'm looking at either the Garmin 176 or the 182 GPS/Chartplotter.
1) Is it worth the extra $300 to go with the 182?
2) Color vs Monochrome?
I'm boating along the Gulf of Mexico. The GPS will be in an overhead locker with some shade provided by a T-Top.


SeaHag posted 05-09-2002 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for SeaHag  Send Email to SeaHag     
oooops...the attached link from my message above is a more general discussion referencing Bluecharts, Topo Maps, etc....I noticed where of the respondants from that chat, the majority had Garmins (which I thought was interesting)... but I was curious what the opinion was on 176's vs. 182's.
JBCornwell posted 05-09-2002 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Yes, Sea Hag, the bigger screen is well worth the extra $300, as is the effectively infinite memory you can have when you carry extra chips along.

My personal preference is monochrome, but whatever your stroke is, mono or color, go for it.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

litnin posted 05-09-2002 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for litnin  Send Email to litnin     
I,m preparing to buy a 176C. Although I prefer a larger screen, I like the ability to remove it from the boat and use it hiking, in the car, etc. Portability is a plus. Plenty of money? Buy a 2006C for the boat and a GPS V :)
John from Madison CT posted 05-10-2002 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
I've got the monochrome Garmin 182 and love it ! The big screen is great and coupled with the BlueChart chip, it's one amazing piece of equipment.

I believe the 176 and 182 function similarly, so color and screen size is a personal preference.


reelescape1 posted 05-10-2002 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I have the 182 grey and love it!! A friend has the 2006 and if I had room, that's what I would have!
Ventura16 posted 05-10-2002 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Although the 182 is a fine unit, I think that the portability/versatility of the 176 and the ability to use battery power in emergencies makes it a more attractive unit...especially for the difference in price. They both accept BlueChart chips, so that aspect is a draw.

I've looked at both the 176 and 176c in bright sunlight, and I prefer the monochrome screen. I've been shopping around for deals on a 176 and as soon as I find the right one, that's the way I'm going to go.


reelescape1 posted 05-11-2002 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
Ventura...VIT Electronics in Fla. on the web had the best pricing for sales tax and $8 shipping. It was on my door in 2 days.....
Ventura16 posted 05-11-2002 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Thanks for the great lead reelescape1. You're right, they do have a very good price...they're the same price as Online Electronics...and that is the lowest I've seen so far. I'm still hoping to do a little better, but if not, I'll buy from one of those 2 places.


triblet posted 05-12-2002 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Ventura: Call or e-mail .
Low prices, and VERY knowledgeable.


daverdla posted 05-22-2002 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
Just ordered the Garmin gpsmap 176c from for $530, thanks Chuck. They charge shipping cost but no handling or sales tax. The woman I spoke to was very nice and helpful (sad that it seems to be the exception and not the rule). She was not aware of this site. Hope to have it on Friday, maybe I'll have time this weekend to check it out.


peteinsf posted 05-23-2002 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
I was in West Marine (176 was $450) yesterday and it looked like the color units would be hard to see in direct sun. I was looking at the 188/188c since I don't get lost and fish at the same time.

Any comments from garmin color owners?

Barnett Childress posted 05-23-2002 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
I have the Garmin 176c and have no problems seeing it on the Montauk console in sunlight. Put extra memory in it to store plenty of map data. I bought a second mount and use it in the Land Rover 4 wheelin' also. Great unit.

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