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Old 07-14-2005, 06:56 PM
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This is my first post on the electonics forum, but the boaters helped me pull the trigger on a new 175SF yesterday. This is my first rig and my buddies highly recommend GPS. The dealer will put a Garmin 175 on for $400. Is this fair. Does anyone have a recommended unit I can buy from the internet or retail store that would represent a better value? I have a good freind who can install with no problem.
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Garmin 175 ;? ;? Never heard of it before. There used to be a handheld years ago. Is it a Garmin 172?
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Default Re: Just bought Scout 175, get GPS?

I think I meant to say the 178, got my mind stuck on the 175 Scout. Should I opt for color?
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Default RE: Just bought Scout 175, get GPS?

myhalf - 7/14/2005 11:56 PM

This is my first post on the electonics forum, but the boaters helped me pull the trigger on a new 175SF yesterday. This is my first rig and my buddies highly recommend GPS. The dealer will put a Garmin 175 on for $400. Is this fair. Does anyone have a recommended unit I can buy from the internet or retail store that would represent a better value? I have a good freind who can install with no problem.
Which unit will best meet your needs will depend to a great degree on where you are going to use the boat and what you are going to do with it. The 178 is not the latest from Garmin, but it is a good unit. The $400 price seems like a steal if it is 1) the model with an external antenna and 2) installed. Professional installation with both a GPS external antenna and a sounder transducer could run as high as $400 for that unit so the unit is essentially free if I understand your deal.

Having said that, you might want to ask yourself 2 questions: 1) Do you think you ever might want to have a color display; and 2) Where are you going to use it? The Garmin 198c is the latest from Garmin and it has both a color display and built in BlueCharts of the whole coastal US. By contrast, the 178 requires you to buy Blue Chart subscriptions for each area in which you need coverage. That last can add a lot to the cost of the 178 -- or it can be irrelevant depending on where you will use the unit.

As to color, it is a lot easier to read the display in color. Moreover, that is true both for the chart display and the sounder. (Color in the sounder display is actually surprisingly important -- at least to me. I come from a background (sail) where a depth sounder gave you a readout in feet and that's it. (A digital readout was high tech!) The modern sounders give you much, much more information -- perhaps too much. It is easier to sort all that out with a color display.

If I were you (and I was in your position a short while ago), I would continue to read this forum over a few days. You will get a lot of feedback which will (hopefully) begin to sort itself out as you get more and more opinions. Then I'd buy from one of the electronics vendors who support this forum -- Jim at BOE or John at Tightline Rods. I recommend those vendors not because they support the forum, but because they really support their customers. I had not run across them prior to making my basic purchases for my current boat, but now that I have, I am very impressed by the service that they both manage to provide. Most internet sellers send the package out the door and forget about it. These guys will patiently answer all sorts of questions both here and in private e-mails. Their participation on the forum shows their willingness to deal with people's problems in any context not just with their customers. Moreover, they do this while remaining highly competitive on pricing.

This is just one man's point of view. You will get others!

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Default Re: Just bought Scout 175, get GPS?

You're going to have to buy a depth finder anyway (or probably will). That will run you a couple hundred bucks for anything decent. You might as well go for the $400 especially if they are installing it for you. GPS is a nice creature comfort if you use the boat exclusively inshore in areas you familiar with, and a necessity if you use it offshore or in unknown territory.

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