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Dick posted 04-25-2006 02:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
I am considering [a Garmin GPS Map 178] for my new 150 Montauk. If you have one give me your thoughts. --Dick
Moe posted 04-25-2006 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
We love our Garmin GPSMAP 178C GPS/Chartplotter/Sounder with internal antenna and dual-frequency transducer. It's just the right size for our 150 Sport, and I like the swivel mount that lets me view it from forward or aft. Definitely get the color version. It's a lot quicker to pick things out on the chart.


INA posted 04-27-2006 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for INA  Send Email to INA     
Please post a picture I am considering putting one on and also a VHF but haven't decided where to locate them for my '06 17' Montauk. Thank You ! Art
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-27-2006 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Want a picture:


INA posted 04-28-2006 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for INA  Send Email to INA     
Thanks but any pictures of one installed on a Whaler.
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-28-2006 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Go by where YOU want it. Different folks will want the GPS
in different places. Some folks (me inc.) want it centered
in front of the wheel. Others like it off to the side and
the compass centered in front of the wheel.


jmorgan40 posted 04-28-2006 04:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
I upgraded from a 168 to a 178C on my Montauk last spring. I loved the redraw speed but I found the screen hard to read sometimes in direct sunlight. Maybe they improved the screens. If you trailer the boat all over to different areas, I would upgrade to the 198C with the preloaded maps. Good Luck
jmorgan40 posted 04-30-2006 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
By the way, there is a link in my profile to pics of my old 17 with the Garmin installed.
Bthom posted 04-30-2006 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bthom  Send Email to Bthom     
I installed a 178C with the external antenna and really like it.I also bought the chip with the charts for the north coast and they are a great resource.
Installation was easy and the learning curve for operation was short.The controls are few and menu driven.
I would definitely do it again.
Hope this helps,
whalercop posted 04-30-2006 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalercop  Send Email to whalercop     
I purchased a 178c for christmas, and I haven't even mounted it in the boat, I purchased the card programer and a 256 meg card and mapsource cd set and I load street maps on it and use it in the car. The only thing it does not do is give you street directions when you punch in an address. I have enjoyed this unit so far and I have only used it in the car. I hope I will enjoy it as much when I get into the boat. Also, search the web and do a froogle search for it. I found mine for around $450.00.
Jimmy Mac posted 05-10-2006 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimmy Mac  Send Email to Jimmy Mac     
I just ordered one from I got it for $405 and change. also has them for less than $420. I have heard great things about the Garmins and I hope the installation is as easy as people say.

Good luck.

Jimmy Mac

Fish Stick posted 05-10-2006 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     

Here is a picture of one installed on a 150 Whaler: sort/1/cat/500/page/1

I like the 178 C. We have the same model as Moe, and it works just fine. It is really a great value.

A larger screen would be nice, but it isn't absolutely necessary. This little unit does just about everything, and the maps are excellent with the proper chip.


Dick posted 05-11-2006 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Since 99% of my fishing will be on lakes I decided that I didn't need all the bells and whistles. I picked up a Garmin GPS76 portable and a Garmin 250 fishfinder, I think these will do everything I need. A plus is that I had enough money left in the budget for a Mustang inflatable vest
INA posted 05-15-2006 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for INA  Send Email to INA     
Thanks for the post FISH STICK ! AWESOME FISH MACHINE !!
Matthew posted 05-16-2006 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I'm running a similar set up, a Garmin 72 handheld w/ a Ram mount and a Garmin 240 Blue sounder. The 240 was installed with the bracket provided by Garmin...which was a mistake. I should have installed the sounder on a Ram mount as well. It would have given me more versatiltiy.

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