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Old 05-04-2008, 06:30 AM
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I'm looking at this model for a backup GPS, and for the ditch bag. oes anyone have any experience with this model? Also will the Garmin blue chip work in the canyons off NJ? Thanks ;?
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I have had one for about a year that I use for hiking and as a backup on the boat. It has worked very well and has decent visiblility in sunlight. The cartography gets expensive very fast unless you already have a Garmin system on your boat and can add this as a second authorized unit. The NE canyon detail is sparse with the Americas Bluechart. Just basic contours. If you plan to use it for your ditch bag, be sure to include extra batteries, preferably the lithium type that have very long storage life. The unit can go through a set of batteries in a full day if left on. I use rechargeables for that reason but have a set of lithium on the boat for emergencies.
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I've had 2 76CSx's. They're great units. I use the Mapsource product and download maps to the 76 (you need to buy the unlock codes). This has been the mainstay of Garmin's handhelds for a number of years and it's hard to beat.
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if you want canyon detail in regular bluechart trim, garmin has a seperate region for the NE canyons and the mid-atlantic canyons. the inshore region that has your coastal detail won't have much as far as the canyons go.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm not looking for much in the way of detail as this would only be used in the event the other GPS units went down. I just want to make sure that I get an accurate location of up to 100 miles from shore. If I put in the chip for the coast is the map of the Americas that came with the unit stored in memory or do you lose it when you put a new chip in?
Old 05-05-2008, 05:47 AM
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If you use pre-programmed chips, you'll only have the maps contained on the chip. If you use Mapsource, you can load your whole library of unlocked maps to the 76 and be happy all the time. Mine has the entire east coast thru the Bahamas, FL west coast incl Lake O, Gulf Coast just west of New Orleans incl inlets,etc.
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Thanks, it sounds like map source is the way to go. Is this an easy install for a novice or will I be throwing hard objects at the computer?
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the software is easy to install ... you will need the cable that interfaces the PC to the Unit and you have to remember to Unlock the software to use its full potential.
I have a Garmin 76S for my backup unit which was my primary unit before I bought my new 540S

My Father has the 76csx as his primary unit on his boat and he loves it ..... he fishes mainly lakes and rivers so no real need for redundancy (backup) in his application ...... he uses the Garmin mapsource software to upload maps and backup his waypoints.

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