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Old 12-18-2002, 07:46 AM
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My dad has a Cobia 22' "sportdecK" which he uses in the winter over around Naples. Its a center console without much room for electronics. He is dying for a color chartplotter. It would be mounted in the open on top of the dash. He also spends most of the year in Maine and is thinking of getting a boat up there..

So.... I was thinking a portable chartplotter, which could be removed from the boat when not in use, and could be used in another boat as well, might be the ticket. My question is... does anyone have this unit? Is the screen too small? How do you like it? Do you use bluechart with it? Is the basemap without the bluecharts useless? THANKS!!!

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I have this unit and I'll admit I'm a big Garmin fan. But that said, the screen is too small to mount as it needs to be close in to read it. But the GPS works well and its fast. Definatley get the blue chart for your area. That is a must and if you have a hard top you may need the external antenna (about $100 at Boaters world).

If you're operating mostly in flats or bay, the handheld will work just fine, but for offshore, it will be hard to read when you're bouncing.

You can pickup a used Garmin 215 or 235 (color) GPS for less than the cost of the 176, but it is fixed install. I recently saw a great deal on a 235 on eBay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=1945052861.

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Old 12-18-2002, 11:33 AM
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thanks for the feedback, Matt. Appreciate it. Catch em up.
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I don't believe you'll find a handheld in color yet. I would suggest the Garmin GPSMAP 76s. I use one on a fixed mount on my boat as a backup. Not hard to read. The closer to the eye, the better. Get another mount for the car and the boat in Maine. BlueChart is great...you buy the CD and get one area (for Florida, your choice) included, you would then buy another access code for Maine. Run it off the cigarette lighter socket, with the batteries as backup. WWW.Garmin.com to look www.consumersmarine.com OR www.GPSdiscounts.com to buy. Great units...did you say Christmas present? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] Must be a GREAT dad. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
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Seavee-one...you had me going. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif[/img] Garmin calls the 176C, a Fixed Mount unit; I was referring to handheld models in color. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] I did learn something however; that 176C is a pretty small unit. Could easily do the job. Thanks [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Magellan has a color handheld - very nice with up to 128 MB memory.
http://www.magellangps.com/en/produc...asp?PRODID=171
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Cool...I knew it was just a matter of time. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif[/img] Thanks [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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its battery powered and fits in your hand, so I guess its a handheld???

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