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Old 12-06-2003, 07:00 AM
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I'm in the market for a hand held GPS, and I would like some advice of which brands are the best bang for the buck. I want a hand held GPS so I can use it on the boat and while traveling. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-06-2003, 11:09 AM
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http://www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap176C/

Get the 176C (color)

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Old 12-06-2003, 11:51 AM
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I agree, that's what I will be getting when I can save enough up.

My father in-law uses a Garmin 176C and loves it.

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Old 12-07-2003, 06:16 AM
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I use a Garmin Map176.
Make sure what ever you get is waterproof and not just waterresistant. ALso the Garmin handhelds will float if dropped overboard.

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Old 12-07-2003, 10:06 AM
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I've been "studying" GPS's on the web and the 176 doesn't exactly look "hand held". Sure it has a nice big display and color would make it easier to read, but what about a Garmin 76 or 76S ?
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Old 12-07-2003, 11:44 AM
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I own a 176 and have used it for several years. It is great lil unit. Father in law has the 176C (he had to one up me) It is also a nice lil unit. The 176C washes out (loses some color in the daylight) but is stillvery good. At night I would prefer the 176C, it is much easier to read at a glance than the blk & white. Also buy the cigarette lighter charger as it loves batteries..Also it is very easy to upload waypoints and download them on the unit. Good luck
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Old 12-07-2003, 11:47 AM
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Take a look at the GPSMap-76. It is an outstanding unit. Don't get real serious looking at the less expensive plain (non mapping) version or the more expensive S version with its magnetic compass and altimeter. You don't need either of those things but you do want the mapping.

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Old 12-07-2003, 01:38 PM
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Thanks again everyone for your input, it seems as though the Garmin 176C is the most reliable handheld.
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Old 12-07-2003, 03:56 PM
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BM3DMP...somehow, I don't think of the 176 as a handheld; neither does Garmin. I have the the 76S primarily for the 24MB of storage Vs 8 MB in the 76. I must admit; the 176C might be a great handheld. Take a look at these, might be worth the wait! http://www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap60cs/

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Old 12-07-2003, 04:56 PM
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Hey check this out ! A new color handheld coming from Garimin. With or without "sensors". Lots more memory than the GPSMAP 76, USB interface (much faster than serial).

It won't be out until spring, but expect the 76 and 76S prices to fall !
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Old 12-07-2003, 05:55 PM
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My typo, it is a map76

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Old 12-08-2003, 06:14 AM
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I recently picked up a bundled Magelllan Meridian Marine on ebay... brand new for under $250.00. Love the thang... easy to use and comes with a good base map with all the nav aids. The bundle includes the Mapsend Blue CD. I uploaded the Jersey map and it's pretty good out to about 30 miles. You can buy the generic chips for them and load whatever map you want. I intend on taking it hiking with me so I will probably ask santa for their topo CD and upload that to a separate chip, since you can only load one map at a time.

I bought it mostly for a backup for my Raytheon plotter on my boat. Also I end up running a lot of other vessels and it's nice to have with you "just in case". The cool thing is the built in marine map has all the buoys so no mater were I'm at I can usually get a course to steer to the inlet... without typing in the numbers.

I think the Garmins are great too... but for the money the Meridian Marine bundle is a good deal.

Seems like Garmin is more popular unit as far as sales but if you talk to Magellar owners you hear very few complaints.
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:38 PM
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thom, have to disagree about 76S, which i road tested (but not boat tested) last few days.

regular 76 only has 8 mb internal memory, which does NOT hold, for example, full south florida blue chart map set. yeah, you could cut out some maps. but why, when it's only $30 or so more to get the 76s w/ 24 mb memory.

oh, continuing w/ my magellan v. garmin handheld comparison from another thread.....garmin boots up quicker, more ergonomic, intuitive to use, reboots quicker, better battery life. BUT, the base maps for land on garmin are TERRIBLE!!!! didn't have half of major roads i was on in central florida, showed me running aground, so to speak.

haven't had it on the water yet, to test, but will let you know results when i do. also haven't read the damn manual, either, to see all features.

that said..... seemingly very neat thing w/ garmin 76s -- it has a setting that tells you the WATER TEMP. no kidding. i suspect this is a mistake (they probably just copied a lot of firmware wholesale from fixed GPS/CHARTPLOTTER/SOUNDER units).

or just maybe i'm supposed to put unit in water to check the temp. who knows.
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:58 PM
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Landlubber,

I have a 76s, too. From what I understand of the Base Map is that most major roads are shown on cities smaller than 250,000 people. I live in Charleston, SC and all I get are the major roads. At my residence, I have no roads seen aside from what my Trackback shows. Am in the process of getting Metroguide v5 from eBay for $70.00...money sent already!

Now, tell me about the water temperature deal. How do you reckon that? didn't know about that part!!!!

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Old 12-08-2003, 06:33 PM
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hub, check it out. hit menu on any page with data displayed in the little windows.

one of the data options to display in that window is water temp. there's no reading in it. just wondering if i'm supposed to put it in the water or something!

i'll probably just buy the more detailed land-based maps and stop my whining.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:20 PM
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quote:Originally posted by landlubber:
hub, check it out. hit menu on any page with data displayed in the little windows.

one of the data options to display in that window is water temp. there's no reading in it. just wondering if i'm supposed to put it in the water or something!

i'll probably just buy the more detailed land-based maps and stop my whining.

I would guess that it will display water temp if connected to a device (fishfinder or temp sensor) that outputs the NMEA water temperature information ($SDMTW).

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Old 12-09-2003, 02:29 AM
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Hmmmmm....I think I'll stick with the temp gauge on my fishfinder. Thanks anyway, though.

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quote:Originally posted by tprice:
I use a Garmin Map176.
Make sure what ever you get is waterproof and not just waterresistant. ALso the Garmin handhelds will float if dropped overboard.

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quote:Originally posted by tprice:

TPRICE,
Can you tell me if the Map 176 is clear in the sunlight. I run a 26 ft Fortier and would like to purchase the 176 . I cannot decide on the black white or the color. Some people I talk to say the color washes out pretty bad. If used inside the cabin would it still wash out? Would apprechiate any insight you can give.

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I use a Garmin Map176.
Make sure what ever you get is waterproof and not just waterresistant. ALso the Garmin handhelds will float if dropped overboard.

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