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a2fire2i
06-07-2007, 11:27 AM
I am looking for a basic, simple to use GPS system for my boat. I am just looking for the basics (ie position/map of the area). I would like to have it mounted in the boat as this would be the only thing i would use it for.


Cat O Lies
06-07-2007, 12:02 PM
The cheapest might be a Garmin handheld unit. Being able to remove it easily gives you more options and keeps it from sprouting legs.

marinerjoe
06-07-2007, 12:29 PM
What is your price range. That can help narrow down the field a little bit.


catfoiler
06-07-2007, 12:47 PM
Buy a discontinued Garmin plotter

a2fire2i
06-07-2007, 02:38 PM
I am not looking to spend thousands, maybe in the 500-800 dollar range..

marinerjoe
06-07-2007, 02:54 PM
Check out the Raymarine A60 for just under $900. Or the Garmin GPSMAP 276C for just under $500. The Raymarine will allow you to add a sounder at a later date.

Both are available from BOE Marine (a THT sponsor)

Parthery
06-07-2007, 03:21 PM
Do you have a FF? You can have both (Garmin 498), for about $525 or so.

a2fire2i
06-07-2007, 03:44 PM
Not really doing any fishing, so i wont need a FF..

Parthery
06-07-2007, 05:03 PM
Even if you don't fish, its nice knowing how deep the water is.

The 498 (or the 492 if you absolutely don't want a FF/Sounder) is preloaded with coastal G2 charts....saves you having to buy chips.

Lazy_Iguana
06-07-2007, 05:22 PM
For the $500 - $800 range, you can get into a real chart plotter - with a smaller screen.

The problem with the hand held GPS is that under way it is impossible to read the screen. It will bounce too much, and is just too small. The plotters with their larger (and brighter) screens are much easier to see under way.

Garmin and Standard Horizon both have GPS plotters in that budget range. Garmin probably has more selection. Remember to budget in money for the maps. I got my Standard Horizon CP-155c for $500 and the map for around $200. It has a color screen I can see in the daylight, and displays my position on an electronic chart. Best thing ever.

The Garmins are also great. My hand held is a Garmin and it has never let me down. The point is, that for that budget you can get into a nice plotter.

Sea Six
06-07-2007, 09:59 PM
Parthery - 6/7/2007 6:03 PM

Even if you don't fish, its nice knowing how deep the water is.

The 498 (or the 492 if you absolutely don't want a FF/Sounder) is preloaded with coastal G2 charts....saves you having to buy chips.

Absolutely check around for a leftover 492! Nice GPS for just under $500. There are still a few left if you call your favorite suppliers.

Cat O Lies
06-08-2007, 09:09 AM
www.gpsnow.com
best prices

tompass
06-08-2007, 03:50 PM
Also look at Garmin 172c for about $400. Charts, card reader, card extra.

sandyda
06-08-2007, 07:35 PM
The 172 and 178 screens are hard to read in sunlight. Find a 498, or buy a used Garmin with the cartridges you need. Try to find one with an integral antenna to avoid a plumbing challenge

a2fire2i
06-11-2007, 11:18 AM
I am guessing if i were to buy the 498, which has the FF, that it would work even if i didnt hook up the FF??

thataway
06-11-2007, 08:28 PM
Yes, the 498 would be fine with the FF off. I have a 492 on one boat--nice unit, very easy to use, very clear screen. But I didn't find as many depth readings as on the navionics and C map Max chips--not all that important, but something to be aware of. Also the 492/98 are relitatively lower resolution than some of the more expensive units--but very readable.

Why not hook up the fishfinder--you are interested in the bottom contour structure, and shoaling--not just fish anyway....

redneckromper
06-12-2007, 12:07 AM
Look at the Lowrance plotters also. They have great 5" and 7" color chart plotters in your price range.

a2fire2i
06-12-2007, 11:28 AM
I would hook up the fish finder, i would just need some helping doing so. i was looking at the price difference between the 498 and 492 and there wasnt much of one so i figured i would just go with the 498, and hook the FF up when i found some help. anyone have any easy recommendations for hooking it up to electric?

claymar
06-14-2007, 12:54 AM
All good suggestions, would consider something with an FF. I look at knowing how much water is under the keel as a saftey issue ie: rocks shoals, inaccurate charts, all that good stuff.

Parthery
06-14-2007, 06:48 AM
a2fire2i - 6/12/2007 11:28 AM I would hook up the fish finder, i would just need some helping doing so. i was looking at the price difference between the 498 and 492 and there wasnt much of one so i figured i would just go with the 498, and hook the FF up when i found some help. anyone have any easy recommendations for hooking it up to electric?

The installation is basically the same whether you buy the 498 or 492. Mount the unit, mount the antenna, run the wires and connect the power and ground. If you have a VHF that can send and receive DSC information, then you connect 2 more wires...the NMEA "output" goes from the GPS to the"input" on the VHF and the VHF "output" gets connected to the GPS "input". If memory serves me correct the GPS "output" on the 492/498 is the blue wire...the "input" is the brown wire.

Hooking up the FF involves installing the transducer on your transom and running the wire from there to the unit. Depending on your boat, there is probably a rigging tube under the floor that you will need to run the wire through. That will be the toughest part of the job.

The entire installation can be done in an afternoon if you are reasonably handy and take your time. If you pay a pro, it will probably take them 2 - 2.5 hours or so.

mikeporterinmd
06-14-2007, 11:25 PM
The 5" Lowrance units have nice bright displays. Check the current resolution numbers for the models you are considering. I knew at one time which was best, but the market changes all the time, so it's best to do current research. You might consider a unit with a NMEA 2000 network and the ability to add a fuel flow sensor.

Mike



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