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Old 04-04-2003, 05:29 PM
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Just wondering what everybody thought?
Which GPS with WAAS should a guy choose that is under $600.00. I'm sort of partial to Lowrance but open to suggestions. Not sure if I want a stand alone GPS or a combo GPS/SONAR.
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Old 04-04-2003, 05:52 PM
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Buy the GP32 for under $325. It will blow you away, the GP37 which is a waas and dgps combo is under $550. Either are killer. Give em a look.
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Old 04-04-2003, 06:32 PM
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Actually I would like it to be a chartplotter, sorry that I did'nt make that clear. But those do look good, while I was looking did see a Navman that looked pretty good, are these any good?
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I've got the 162 I log on to their website every few months and upgrade it.
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Garmin sucks for screen update rates. But are the easiest to use.
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Sea_Dad...quote:Garmin sucks for screen update rates. I have a Garmin Street Pilot GPS in the car and a Garmin 76s as a backup in the boat. I'm not quite sure what you mean by the above statement. I press buttons, stuff comes up as quick as I need. I go from page to page quickly. I have BlueCharts loaded into the 76s. I also have, on the boat, a Garmin GPSMAP 135 with Garmin's Card. In addition I have a Magellan 6000 with C-map. I don't see much difference...or even if I did, who cares? I often hear that comment, just trying to learn something.

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For your price range I would go with the 182. I have the 182C and love it. If you could afford a little extra and have an old GPS or even Loran I would suggest the 182C. I bought mine at a show from BoatersWorld for $849 (list $999)additionally Garmin has a special promo on right now until 4/30 that offers a $100 rebate if you turn in an old unit. I have an old Micrologic Loran to turn in so my bottom line will be $749. I love the color. It is so easy to read and very bright. I haven't noticed any problem with the refresh rate.

I also bought the BlueChart chip which is awesome and they have a $50 rebate on it as well.

You can download the rebate coupons at www.garmin.com
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Old 04-05-2003, 06:42 AM
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Garmin 182C is a real nice unit, easy to use and if you shop the shows, you can get one for $700 and change. Keep in mind the cost of the map chip for your area, around $125 or so. You might also want to look at some of the new handhelds coming out they can be had for as little a $200.

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Old 04-05-2003, 07:20 AM
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Garmin seems to be popular amongst the posters here, and no doubt for good reason, but I'll stick with the Lowrance product line. Over the years, I've had the 2330B Flasher, the X-15 Chart recorder, the X-16 Chart recorder and I now have the LMS-160 combo and like it. However, I bought it just before the LMS-240 came out. Wish I waited a bit longer for the LMS-240. Lowrance has served me well over the last twenty years. I don't think you can go wrong with Lowrance products and service support.



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Old 04-06-2003, 05:45 PM
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Thanks for all the posts, unfortunatly I mostly fish inland waters in Idaho and Garmin does not offer a map chip for my area as yet. That's ok since I'm not in a real big hurry.
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Mumblerone, maybe it's just the low budget marine chartplotters. 162's and 182's

When they need to move the map on the screen it can take forever to redraw the map. It's not that bad unless you are watching a waypoint on the map while steering to it, and the map needs to be redrawn. Then you notice it
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i dont know if you had a garmin unit way back when or one of the newer ones but i have the 182 and go down to 1/8 mile, run about 40 mph and the screen rewrites as fast as i can go.
that was one of the main reasons i bought it. i cant stand a machine that cant keep up with the boat. i bought a new boat with all new electronics this year

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the one thing i keep off my old boat was my garmin 182
because of the great mapping software(bluechart),accuracy, ease of use, and screen rewriting speed.

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standard horizon cp150,color with cmap!

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maineguides, I still have a 162 on the searay (someday maybe somebody will buy the boat ). It is a lot slower than the raychart 435 in drawing speed. Maybe it's just the 165, and not a problem on the 185's.
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Old 04-07-2003, 08:34 PM
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I checked out the Furuno 32 today based upon this discussion. Love the low price and the small form factor (would work great in my new overhead box) but was very disappointed to see that it doesn't have mapping. In my frame of reference, that's essential. Suppose I'm coming back in the fog, or trying to stay in the channel in an unfamiliar part of the IC... Need that map.
What make and model GPS with WAAS and Mapping would you recommend?
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Check out Furuno 1650WF (pretty small screen though) Furuno 1850 WF (larger screen)...both unit's fishfinder is the same as 582L. Also, JRC 500F Plot...sunlight readable, clear display, good fishfinder.
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Old 04-08-2003, 06:19 AM
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Garmin 182. At a street price of around $699 I think it is a fine unit. I had one last year and loved it. The Bluecharts are very helpful. Easy to use also.
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Seadad,

I also have the 182 and have no problems with the refresh rate. You may have an older software versiion - have you checked on the Garmin site to see if there is an update?

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i just bought the navman havent used it yet but the people i talk to say thats its a good gps i believe its the only one that comes with a fuel flow meter
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Old 04-10-2003, 12:45 PM
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I came across really good specifications and pricing for the Eagle SeaCharter 320 which has WAAS GPS, a 50/200 sounder, Temperature, speedo, Navionics maps and built in basemap, recording chip and everything... Seems to be the same as the Lowrance LMS 320.
Has anybody here had any good or bad experiences with either of these?
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