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Old 02-26-2012, 01:16 PM
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Looking for a suggestions on a handheld GPS to keep in the ditch back and use as a back up to the MFD's.

Looking for handheld, battery powered, FLA/bahamas maps would be great.

Advice is appreciated. Thanks,
Old 02-26-2012, 01:34 PM
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Look for the BOE forum and post same there. Jim at BOE has a lot of THT customers including me. Great advice, prices and service.
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Originally Posted by BoulderGT3 View Post
Looking for a suggestions on a handheld GPS to keep in the ditch back and use as a back up to the MFD's.

Looking for handheld, battery powered, FLA/bahamas maps would be great.

Advice is appreciated. Thanks,
Given that a cell phone is out of commission in the drink immediately, a waterproof VHF handheld with GPS is definitely something to consider for safety. The HX-851 from Standard Horizon had been the only answer to that through last year. Now, apparently Simrad has a new VHF+GPS handheld, also waterproof and someone on the board alleges is cheaper than SH. Check them out. EPIRB is another thing to consider if you are going well offshore.
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Originally Posted by capecuddy View Post
Given that a cell phone is out of commission in the drink immediately, a waterproof VHF handheld with GPS is definitely something to consider for safety. The HX-851 from Standard Horizon had been the only answer to that through last year. Now, apparently Simrad has a new VHF+GPS handheld, also waterproof and someone on the board alleges is cheaper than SH. Check them out. EPIRB is another thing to consider if you are going well offshore.
I've got an EPIRB, Liferaft, extra waterproof VHF's and separate Furuno/Ramarine Chartplotters. I just need a GPS for the ditch bag and to use if I'd ever lose
the primary systems.

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Hx-851 by standard horizon
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I've got an older Garmin e-Trex Legend HCx. It's perfect because it will accept the BlueChart g2 micro SD card from my Gamin plotter. If the plotter dies, I'll pop the card out and put it into the handheld. More than enough too get me out of a jam. A bit of a Garmin advantage in my view. I don't know if there are other handheld GPS devices that take marine charts from Navionics, Jeppesen etc.

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