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Old 10-14-2008, 10:39 AM
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We are shopping for a GPS pilot for the car and also will need a back up for the boat. Wondering if one of the Garmin Nuvis would make a good back up as a hand held for the boat?
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:50 AM
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I bring my Nuvi 200 with me every trip. It wont guide you around turn by turn on the water, but it does show all the detail such as waterways and islands and such. It wont show you water depths, hazards, buoys, etc, though. In fact when I first bought my boat, it is what I used while waiting on my 4212 to come in. It does have an offroad feature so that you can enter waypoints and go to them in a straight line. I always marked my launch point and the jetties/inlet just incase the main GPS goes out.
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:07 PM
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I suppose if all you wanted was to know your approximate position and you were lost, it would be useful. But is has zero marine data, so is not a true navigation tool.

On Sunday I took the Port Jefferson Ferry across the Long Island sound. My car was packed into the nose of the ferry so I couldn't see out the window and gauge progress. I pulled up the ferry dock and it showed me the straight-line distance and my location on a sea of blue. In that respect I could estimate my ETA.

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Old 10-14-2008, 01:36 PM
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Any other units I should consider for the primary purpose of street pilot with the capabily to back up the main GPS offshore?
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:43 PM
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check thru the garmin line-up. i bought a 276c that is set up for both marine and auto. city nav for auto and bluecharts for marine. also takes a sonar (gsd) input. i would go to their website and page thru the products. ron
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:50 PM
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Garmin just announced a new combo auto / marine unit - the GPSMAP 600 series. Includes all the marine navigation data and is water proof. Looks like an excellent option to back up a main marine GPS while also being useful in the car. It's supposed to be available early next year.


https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=14898




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Old 10-14-2008, 03:20 PM
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Looks like a great choice to me

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Old 10-14-2008, 07:08 PM
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They also have a 500 series which is a little less expensive, waterproof, and takes bluecharts.
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:55 AM
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I found its cheaper to buy two different GPSs, one for the car that stays in the car, (or goes into my carry on when I travel) and another purpose built handheld to back up the boat, or take on the dinghy, or go exploring with. Given the Garmin GPSmap 660 is $1200, it was easy to make that choice. I have a 330 for the car which works great even if it isn't the newest, and a GPSmap 76CS, again not the newest. There's no compromise in function at either location, The 330 does the car thing all by itself, plugged into a cigarette lighter hole, and I recently updated the internal charts, so it sees most of the recent highway construction. The 76CS runs on double A batteries, but can run my autopilot via NMEA as well as show water depths from BlueCharts, loaded from CD.

This pair do everything I want them to do, with no hassle and no mare's nest of wires and cords, AND they cost less. Need I say more?
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