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Old 09-27-2006, 03:45 PM
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Hello All,

Could anyone give me a recommendation for a good hand help GPS?

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Eddie
Old 09-27-2006, 03:49 PM
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lowrance H2O cheap and works well huge savings also on map card compared to other brands go for the color also see my review posted in electronics some time ago
Old 09-27-2006, 04:06 PM
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Thank you.. I was told they are hard to see on the water and I should go for the one that has a bigger screen in stead of the one you can hold. Have you had any trouple?

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Old 09-27-2006, 04:11 PM
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happyfisherman - 9/27/2006 3:49 PM

lowrance H2O cheap and works well huge savings also on map card compared to other brands go for the color also see my review posted in electronics some time ago
The PHD/PRO is or was on sale at outdoor world for $99.00. It is same thing as H2O.
Old 09-27-2006, 04:18 PM
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Is it color? That sound like a real good deal!
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Garmin 176.
Old 09-27-2006, 04:33 PM
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eddiem - 9/27/2006 5:06 PM

Thank you.. I was told they are hard to see on the water and I should go for the one that has a bigger screen in stead of the one you can hold.
Well, there is no getting around the fact that the smaller the display is, the harder it is to see things.

If you're just looking at a little bit of text, like coordinates and speed, or a compass display, I don't think it matters - don't need a big display for that.

But if you actually want to be able to see and intrepret a chart display, which has a lot of detail and information, a 2" display is too small, in my opinion. To me, 5" is the minimum for charts (I have that, and feel it is okay, but just enough).
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happyfisherman - 9/27/2006 3:49 PM

lowrance H2O cheap and works well huge savings also on map card compared to other brands go for the color also see my review posted in electronics some time ago
Got one for my Yak and love it
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WEAKFISH - 9/27/2006 4:19 PM

Garmin 176.
I think the 176 is discontinued but I'd definitely go with a 276 or 276c, at least with my eyes. Try this. I did. When you are looking at GPS's, draw the screen size on a piece of paper with a ruler. You will be amazed how small they are. Just a thought.
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I also have the H20, it works fine as a basic handheld and have no problems using it on my boat (18 CC Wellcraft). I can view the screen in all light conditions. Besides that, I have dropped it a few times and it will take a beating. It is also simple to use, just plug and play. You don't have to worry about downloading anything or pre-mapping, and as "happy" states you can buy an SD card if you want more detail than what is preloaded. The preload basemap gives decent inland and coastal details. Regarding screen size, it has the largest of true handhelds that I could find. Magellan has one that was close to the same size, and Garmin' was the smallest. Do what I did, go to your area boating/sport stores and ask to see a demo of what they have and play around. It all comes down to personal preference.
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If you're looking at mounted models, also check out the Standard Horizon CP180/CP180i. It can be had for about $500 and can run CMap Max charting software (extra) - I have that and like them.
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Garmin GPS 76Map or newer model. Great unit for a handheld.
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The Garmin 76 has been updated and is the standard by which most "handhelds" are judged. Now if you are looking for a marine use mountable external ant, many to chose from. I have a new Garmin HH 60CSx that I use for backup boat, hiking and Mt.Biking and its awesome. I can and have loaded topos, street map software and bluecharts.
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Garmin MAP76 model, there several to choose from. You won't believe how much this unit will do!
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I have the 76CS and they are nice but I dont like the bottons on top layout should be screen on top so you can see it while pushing the buttons. Otherwise an excellent unit.
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garmin map 76 great for the money; cheap to run(batteries) ; last long time had for 4 years
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The Garmin 72 (no map) and 76 (map) are both great units.

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I have the new Garmin 60CSx with the NEW chip and it gets a fix faster than the others when all others won't!
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Garmin 276C can be used as a hand held or fixed mounted. Big screen, viewable in direct sunlight.
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Garmin 76 map is a great unit.

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