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Old 11-13-2002, 10:20 AM
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Default Garmin handheld Gps's, what's best place to get info on differences?

Ok, I'm trying to pick out a Handheld GPS to suggest to Santa for use as backup on boat as well as MAYBE?? use in car for fun...play with...(GEEK ALERT!!).

I've looked breifly at all the units in marine stores, breifly in ads in mags, BUT, ther are about 10 different models that all seem VERY similar and I'm having a difficult time picking the right one.

1. Where's the best place to get good info on them?

2. What are the differences?
Mariner, Legend, Vista, Etrex, Venture, Summit, Camo, 72, 76, Rhino 120 (cool, with Radio?!), ...... on and on and on....

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I think you first need to decide on mapping versus non-mapping. I have a venture as a backup for my boat and as a primary for my jetski and it has been great. It is non-mapping and I have loaded the Garmin Points of Interest database on it so I have all the navaids. My suggestion is to stick to the Garmin lines and you can compare the models online. There are feature of the 76 line that I like as well, but as a backup for me was not worth the extra expense.

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Birdman,
Try this site below. It might give you some insight on different models to choose from. If that dosn't work , Garmin has a great site at
www.garmin.com

http://www5.activebuyersguide.com/ab...2Xabfe&RefID=0
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I own a Garmin 12 XL as a backup and it does work great for very little expense. i think I paid $129 about 3 years ago. No mapping but if my eletronic gps fails, it would get me home. With all the miles i have put on it and everything it has been through, I would also call it bullit proof.
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For goodness sakes, quit screwing around, just pick the Garmin GPSMap-76 and be done with it, maybe a 76S if the vault if full.

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Assume the vault is full...get the Garmin GPSMAP 76S. It has 23MB of memory vs the 8MB in the 76. You'll also get a barometer and a 'real' compass vs the 76. Add in the Garmin BlueChart for your area and a Garmin MapSurce MetroGuide U.S.A. and your all set for land and sea. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img] That is the only comparison you have to do. Buy it at www.GPSdiscounts.com Your all set... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
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Comparison between models

http://www.garmin.com/marine/compare.jsp

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LOL!! Thom I just new you're comment would be something like that!!! You're probably the only one that realised this is about the 4th time I'm going thru this.... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

Hmmmm.... I really didn't want to empty all $400 from the vault for the backup unit. Plus, the another $70 for metro, another $90 for marine charts...

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For me, my backup GPS only needed to have the very basic functions, since I hopefully would never have to use it much, and then only on the boat. All I had to have was compass, user waypoints, electronic breadcrumbs, and capability to interface to my EPIRB. So I chose the Garmin Etrex (about $120, sometimes around $100 on sale).

It certainly wouldn't be my choice for my sole or main GPS, and doesn't have much geek appeal (no WAAS, no mapping, no downloads, etc) but it is good enough for a backup.

The Etrex mariner wasn't available when I bought my regular Etrex, but if I had to do it over right now I'd probably shell out another $30 to get some of that geeky stuff...
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Compare the 76 with the meridian. The 76 won't tell you in digital format your heading...the meridian will, and that's important to me, like for checking compass error, and more. If you want better tide predictions, go garmin. The magellan marine has better "comes with" charting. go to www.joe.mehaffey.com for unbiased results on these 2 and much more. don't get me wrong, both are good products from good companies, I even thing they are the 2 "best". At this level, the best/worst points are fairly minor.
One thing for sure, this new breed of waas receivers is nothing short of amazing. I'm walking bow to stern on a friend's boat the other day, getting new readings of distance to a wreck as I hold the gps. This is on a 25' boat.
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A small, but maybe an important point... I keep my backup mounted right next to my hard mounted unit which is a Raytheon MAPGPS tied into my Raytheon radar. I keep the Garmin GPSMAP 76S on, AT ALL TIMES, too. When you need the backup unit it's no time to 'remember' how to use it. I'm basically looking at both. I have the backup unit on a cigarette lighter cord. It goes a long way to have both of the same manufacture, for familiarity. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]
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I like the ETREX - very capable; does everything you need a 'backup' unit to do; very durable; very compact and lightweight. Best of all, I get 'em for free [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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Snapper Head Hmmmmmm...could you send me on of those Etrex units? I can get right back to you with the address. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
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Me too!! Why do ya get em for free?

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Guys,

Its not an unlimited amount, but I do get a few thrown my way every few months. Can't divulge why, secret sh*t and all that [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]

I use them to schmooze, Christmas/birthday gifts, etc. If I could only get the top of the line units.....

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My waterproof Etrex summit swallowed a gob full of water and hasn't worked since! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

It's my main (read only) unit, and yes I hadn't downloaded all my waypoints to the PC despite having the chord to do so....coz I couldn't figure out where in the back of the puter it was sposed to connect to.

I had to take the mouse out to connect then I couldn't get the darn puter to do anything wothout a mouse! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img]

Ohh well, ya live n learn as they say.

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Take a look at

Joe Mehaffey and Jack Yeazel's GPS Information Website

These guys have way too much time on their hands and devote it to GPS. Wait a mintue...I guess the same could be said about some of us and boating and/or fishing... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

I've checked their reivews and comparisons a few times. Seemed interesting and informative for what I wanted to compare at the time.
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I think Trouty should get a 'free' Etrex mailed to him for Christmas...if you can see your way clear Snapper Head put a new computer in the box too! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
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"Hmmmm.... I really didn't want to empty all $400 from the vault for the backup unit. Plus, the another $70 for metro, another $90 for marine charts..."

Birdman, I don't understand this part. Garmin allows you to unlock Marine charts to "2" GPS units. As for Metro, it is not locked, and if I already owned it, I darn sure would not buy another copy for a second GPS that I owned. Especially in light of their allowing unlock codes to two units.

Second question, what is the primary unit? If it is a Garmin Map unit, that is what I would get for the second.
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Sorry Geaorge, Raymaine RL70CRC (Color Radar chartplotter...).

So, the "unlocking second unit...." doesn't help me. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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