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Old 02-09-2012, 03:27 AM
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Well since I have a smaller bay boat and can't afford a fixed mount gps. I was hoping to find a decent handheld that maybe I could mount on my dash. I don't go far offshore 15 miles or less. It would be nice to have something that at the very least I could transmit my position if I got in trouble.

P.S. my budget is low.
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:38 AM
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Garmin 76csx has served me well. You can now get them steeply discounted.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:35 AM
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Great handheld--got my last one on ebay for $100--had to buy a Bluechart map for it for $124 from Bethel Marine Electronics.

Worth every penny
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:40 AM
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It's a shame Garmin doesn't still make the gpsmap76, it's a very simple handheld to use and only takes a few button push's to get the info useful for fishing, the newer ones aren't nearly as user friendly.
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I'd buy a used Garmin dash mount of some sort. Have a 188C that does it's job well enough that i can't justify getting rid of it to buy a 740S or E7.

Also can't see buying a handheld when an iphone (assuming you have one or other smartphone) functions great for that purpose.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jacksdad View Post
I'd buy a used Garmin dash mount of some sort. Have a 188C that does it's job well enough that i can't justify getting rid of it to buy a 740S or E7.

Also can't see buying a handheld when an iphone (assuming you have one or other smartphone) functions great for that purpose.
My iphone isn't waterproof and it doesn't float.
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I understand budget but I'd still put-up $ for one if the best hhs made. It's all you got. I have SH HX751.
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My iphone isn't waterproof and it doesn't float.
Well i guess if you want to go swimming with it

Ok how about $200 towards a dash mount older garmin color gps and then about $200 towards a floating portable vhf with gps built in.

OP should have vhf which could be hooked up to gps for the red button thingy (sorry forget the nomenclature).

Of course i'm not sure any of the above is a good substitute for an epirb.
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