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Old 11-12-2002, 08:58 AM
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Looking for a simple gps chartplotter. Looked at the garmin GPSMAP 162, seems like a good unit for the price. Anyone know how well they hold up and perform. Also do you need downloads or a chip to get good detailed info.

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Old 11-12-2002, 12:34 PM
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I have used a GARMIN GSPMAP 162 for two years without a failure. I purchased the Bluechart CD earlier this year and couldn't be more pleased with my unit. Since I purchased this unit two years ago, Garmin has continued to enhance the firmware (i.e. added WAAS support, Bluechart, etc.) I don't think that there is any other GPS manufacturer that could offer these types of enhancements over a two year time as Garmin has! I'll definately purchase another Garmin GPS when the time comes.

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Old 11-12-2002, 12:47 PM
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Garmin 162 is a great unit without shelling out a fortune. WAAS enabled and with Bluechart CD....excellent! You can't go wrong. Garmins menus are easy to navigate, and their service is excellent. I'm on my 3rd unit not and probably wouldn't consider any other for the money. When you get into the higher end$$$$, then I might have a different opinion. But, again IMO go with Garmin. You should also do a search because I'm sure this topic has been tossed around extensively.
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Old 11-12-2002, 04:43 PM
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Ditto on the above for a fixed mount... Have you considered a handheld? A handheld has a fixed mount too, it is also portable to take on other boats, travel in the car, and then into the woods camping (or what ever). I have the Garmin GPSMAP 76S handheld. I also have a fixed mount Raytheon on the boat with a Magellan backup, plus the Garmin. I hate to get lost! www.garmin.com to look, www.gpsdiscounts.com to buy. Your on the right track. Pun intended! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
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Old 11-13-2002, 09:12 AM
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what about the standard CP150 and CP160. Both accept the map chips, so no need for download. Also should I go with an internal or external antenna?

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Old 11-13-2002, 09:33 AM
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I looked at both those units and almost considered them. When I tried one out, I found that the menus were not as easily accessible as with the Garmin. You don't want to be scrolling through too many screens to get to other functions while your boat is under way. With the Garmin, once the download from the CD is complete, you've got all your info stored in the memory. No need to download again unless your going to be travelling out of the area that you've unlocked(not likely). [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Old 11-13-2002, 02:37 PM
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Darin...ya gotta stay with Garmin; everybody else is playing 'catch-up'. Any time you can download, you're ahead of buying a chip. You can also upload to you computer to save a given trip too. Plan a trip in advance, with 'hot spots' noted, in the privacy of you home...then download. You have a lot more versatilty with a download vs a chip. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
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Old 11-13-2002, 06:03 PM
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I also liked the garmin better, However, don't you need alot of extras for the down load. I was checking out the garmin on line and the store had alot of accessories that looked necessary for linking up for download.

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Old 11-13-2002, 08:25 PM
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Actually you do require alot of stuff (many included in the package)...give them a call; their great to talk with. In the long run you will be ahead. The way I look at things; you're going at it right...find out what's out there and make a decision. At least you won't be able to say " I wish I knew that?" You're on the right track. Good luck. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]
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Old 11-14-2002, 05:38 AM
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Personally I prefer the chip. Here is why: For download you will either have to bring a laptop to your boat or remove your unit from the boat and connect to your home computer. I have a done it both ways and much prefer transferring the data to a chip on my home computer and transporting the chip to the boat. I can do everything with my PC Planner NT software and a user chip that you can do by laptop on your boat or taking your unit off the boat and connecting it to your home computer. I have a Standard CP-150 and a garmin hand held for backup. I do agree that the shuttle cursor on the CP-150 is a bit of a burden in rough seas and I prefer the Garmin buttons and menus while at sea. The CP-150 is a powerful machine however and the menu is actually very easy and perhaps more intuitive than the Garmin. It's just hard to use that shuttle button in rough seas.
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Old 11-14-2002, 08:16 AM
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Check out the Navman 5500 color.Have heard of nothing but good about them.Complete with chip and twin engine flowscan for under 1000 bucks.
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Old 11-15-2002, 10:42 AM
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If you go with a Garmin 182 you don't have to worry about downloading as it accepts the blue chart chips. Garmin also makes a color version of this unit which is what I'm currently using.

I had a 162 in my last boat which I never had a problem with. There are 2 things you need from Garmin to do the download that don't come with the unit: 1. The CD, 2. The cable to connect to the pc to the gps. I got the cable from Garmin for free. They had a coupon on there website for it.

Finally, Garmin's website and support staff are outstanding.

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Old 11-15-2002, 10:48 AM
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I recently purchased the Garmin 162 for my new boat and it came with all the required cables to download from my PC. The only thing extra that I had to buy was the Bluechart CD. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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standard cp170 works great,lots of info,easy to see daylight screen!I have had mine for 2 years now. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
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I have to admit that I am not a Garmin Groupie. I have 2 Chartplotters on my boat. I bought a CP 170 Standard Horizon last year and the new chip upgrade gives me all the information I would ever want from the new C-MAP NT chips. The unit is brighter and clearer then any other unit I have ever used, and I can live with C-MAPNT.
In July I got an oppertunity to buy a Furuno 1850 DF Which is my combination Plotter/Fish Finder. This unit is the 2nd plotter and backup to my 582 DF fish finder. The only thing I do not like about the 1850 is that it is NOT exceptionally bright, But I am going to send it to ManMachine to get a new screen this winter to fix that problem.
I have to admit that I like the Furuno better for both the depth, and the fact that it shows current course of the vessel to show where and what I am going toward while the Standard does not. The standard, once I got used to the Pointer, is faster to adjust and use then the furuno. So I have a bit of both.
Both of them have soft keys that work very well and which are much more easy to use then the Garmins I have looked at.

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Old 11-18-2002, 03:53 PM
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What about the antenna. Internal or external? If I had to guess I would say that the internal is going to be easy to install(no wire to run), however I would have to say that the external will get better sat. pick up. Am I on the right track or DIW, and is the differance worth the extra instalation?

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Redeepz,
Stay with external antena, it's a snap to install. Many options on antena inatallation hardware. Any kind of top will cut down on the signal to varying degrees. If you go with the garmin go color. You won't regret it. I personally like the chip approach to the map.
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