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Old 04-16-2003, 09:27 AM
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Any comments on either of these, pro or con?
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Old 04-16-2003, 09:38 AM
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My wife bought me one for Christmas. Sure enough, it does everything you could imagine.

- one problem: Out of the box, it had a problem initializing such that it would work properly. After two calls to Garmin, they gave some secret combination of concurrent and sequential keystrokes to do a lowest level hardware reset. It has worked fine since.
- an issue: Although it does do mapping, and will store a tremendous amount of data, it's difficult to distinguish alot of useful info out on a boat on such a small screen. I use it on my skiff for size reasons, but my next GPS for next offshore boat will be a fixed mount with a reasonably sized screen.
- another issue: Because it does so many different things, it's difficult to manuever thru all the layers and sequences of screens.

Depening on your application, I would reccomend the simplest unit that will satisfy your requirements with the best useability (screen size, menus, etc.)
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Old 04-16-2003, 12:30 PM
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Will be using on a flats boat...mostly bay fishing....don't need it most the time so eliminated a fixed mount for now, and space is limited.
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Old 04-16-2003, 12:47 PM
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DN,

I have one that I recently purchased as a backup unit to my fixed mount Garmin 215 and for hunting.

It does have a small screen, but serves its purpose. I chose the 76s due to larger memory and compass function. I have had no problems with mine, but I admit I have only messed around with it a little since it is a backup. Instructions are easy to follow.

It got mine at www.byownergroup.com from Yacht Jim, from this site, for a very good price. Much better than you will find on sale in stores. Give him a call as he is easy to deal with.

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Old 04-16-2003, 05:29 PM
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i've had the 76 for a couple of years now. best features are "track back" and the digital compass. the map is fine for what i use it for. all in all great value.

concur with previous post- byownergroup has the best price out there, easily $50 less than retail

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Old 04-16-2003, 06:09 PM
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I've had he 76S as a backup for over a year now. Great unit. The 76S has 23MB of memory Vs 8MB for the 76. I also have the 'real' compass and barometer. While the compass and barometer work well, I find them of little practical value. I do however like the larger memory. The BlueCharts are great. I find that if you fixmount the GPS so that it's 'in your face' the screen, in practicallity, is bigger than you would think. I, incidently, have never wanted to actually hold a GPS while navigating a boat; fixed mount is the only way to use them...there is too much going on to hold onto a GPS. I wish it was color. The only color that I am aware of in handheld is Magellan. I bought mine at www.GPSdiscounts.com great people and a great price. You won't be disappointed.

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Old 04-16-2003, 06:22 PM
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I have the 76S also. I used it last year boating (with Bluechart) and all winter in the car (with Metroguide). No problems but it's a battery eater - get the aux power cable(s). It takes a little use to get the key functions down and make it do what you want but it's a very nice unit with good software.
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Old 04-16-2003, 07:43 PM
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I have the GPSMAP76. Did not think I would need the extra memory until I took a trip to Colorado and bought the Metroguide charts to use while I was there. They use a lot more memory than the BlueCharts and I could not load all that I wanted. Definitely get the 76S if you are going to be using it on the road.

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Old 04-17-2003, 06:59 AM
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THANKS BENS2!!!

Went to the site you linked and printed out the price...took into the local boa t shop and they basically matched that price...saved me about $40!
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Old 04-17-2003, 08:08 AM
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Make sure you do all the software updates for the 76s. They have had 3-4, all have fixed something annoying, and the last one upped the unit from the ability to store 500 waypoints to 1000.

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Old 04-20-2003, 10:17 AM
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I own the Map76 with Bluecharts and its been rock solid, and unbelievably accurate. The map feature is great while trolling offshore to see bottom contours etc, but is fairly useless at speed because it is very hard to see unless you hold it. Would highly recomend it to anyone who needs a low cost, mobile mapping unit.

IMHO, it is well worth the extra bucks to get the map76S. As some stated earlier, it is great to use for traveling in the car but unless you get the S unit, you can't even load the entire state of florida from the Street Atlas.

Just bought a large, color screen, high dollar plotter with C-Map, and to be honest I like my garmin and bluecharts better.

You will be happy with either unit.

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Old 04-20-2003, 10:20 AM
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Oh Yea, if you plan on using the unit for offshore, spend the money for the bluechart in your area. Great for navigation, and planning trips. If you are mostly inshore, I don't know if it would provide enough benefit unless you are in a large enough vessel to worry about grounding (as opposed to a flats skiff).

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Old 05-05-2003, 08:56 AM
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I have the map76 and I have used it on the farm alot. When we are putting out fertilizer I can drive around a field and find out how many acres are in the field. This feature does not help you out if you are fishing but it is great for farming.
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