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Old 06-21-2016, 04:12 PM
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had it up to the waterline inside a groundfloor house during hurricane wilma in the lower keys-AVOID THE GARMIN GPS 87SC!!!! i have 4 of em in the last2 yrs. the fail after 4 months and u gotta send em in for costly replacement (notice i said replacement -they never give you your old one back [cus they cannot be repaired- just replaced]. if it is out of warrantee, you pay. all of your spots will be gone (cuz you ain't getn your unit back- u get another one). how they failed: they turn on, the stupid, lengthy credits (like, who really give a rat's ass who wrote the software) come on, "loading maps"- then they go dead and cut off. forget new batteries etc. i just sent another one in today after a 1 hour phone call w/ garmin. the phonie in india (or where ever) said," the software need 2b updated" bullschidt! so does this thing just "time out" and kill itself after Xmonths? there are gps's 20 yrs old that still work. what they have is a schiddy software issue. it is inferior and they cannot fix it (hence the "super" discounts at west marine and discontinueance of the product). the device is not even recognized by the garmin "web updater" that the phonie told me 2 download (that was all just a formality protocol that his boss told them to say in the event...). nice unit if it works , but a royal bitch to get around(deleting points, naming points, organizing points. DO NOT BUY A GARMIN 78SC!!!! there is not enough bandwidth for me to say about it. a garmin rep will be at the marathon west marine on june 25- i will try my dammdest to be there. oh, also the unit TAKES FOREVER TO POWER UP!!! if you had a mob, you would never find them if the unit was not already on (the FCC should make it federal law that all gps units must power ,lock on and display map in 5 secs or less just for this type of thing [even old bag phones can still dial 911]).
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Originally Posted by PINER_WAHOO View Post
...the FCC should make it federal law that all gps units must power ,lock on and display map in 5 secs or less just for this type of thing [even old bag phones can still dial 911]).
GPS doesn't really work like that...and even your old bag phone needs to find a connection to the cell tower.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_to_first_fix

And wasn't Hurricane Wilma 10.5 years ago?
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My 78sc starts and get lock about as fast as my cell phone does with cell signals.

Considering the processing going on, that is pretty darn good. My unit is quite a bit older than four months now and still works perfectly.

The handheld should be a backup, with main chartplotter already on for MOB issues.
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Originally Posted by PINER_WAHOO View Post
also the unit TAKES FOREVER TO POWER UP!!!

if you had a mob, you would never find them if the unit was not already on

(the FCC should make it federal law that all gps units must power ,lock on and display map in 5 secs or less just for this type of thing .
wow.
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Hurricane Wilma was over ten years ago, after pondering that for ten years this thread is what you come up with?.
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hmm you run a charter with a handheld gps? lol

man I have 4 dif screens fully capable of GPS on my boat with navionics on all of them
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What time you going to be at West,buy you a drink at the new overseas lounge. 32* draft's and a cool iced ring around the bar to put your drink on to keep it cold. Pm if your there piner

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He also runs learning trips on other people's boats and probably doesn't want to load his waypoints in anyone else's plotter. I used to do the same thing when I was still in the for-hire game.
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Originally Posted by lyndonc View Post
He also runs learning trips on other people's boats and probably doesn't want to load his waypoints in anyone else's plotter. I used to do the same thing when I was still in the for-hire game.
that would make sense for sure
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What time you going to be at West,buy you a drink at the new overseas lounge. 32* draft's and a cool iced ring around the bar to put your drink on to keep it cold. Pm if your there piner
where is this?
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over seas is not open. but that is the luck i have had w/ my last 4 78sc
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no matter where i am on what boat, i always like a back up- just in case. this was my unit of choice. all systems can fail - l like this unit for a back up.
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Piner: yes it is. Was there last night . Soft opening and trying the menu and wait staff. They will have a grand opening soon. Not much inside but they did a great job with it. The ice ring around the bar is the coolest fixture. It is to have a brewery in the future,met the owner and he is committed to having the best place in marathon. The beer is on me! 32* draft

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I've had a Garmin 78sc for 4 years. Mine has been through things electronics shouldn't live through and it keeps on going. I've never had a problem with it. I bought it primarily for hunting, but I carry it in my tackle bag as a back up as well. The only way I could abuse it more is if I beat it with a hammer. I've used it in 8 degree weather with -20 degree windchills, and even left in a puddle in the back of the boat during a duck hunt and came back to it completely frozen over. I just banged it against the side of the boat to knock the ice off and it powered right up.
It powers up about as fast as any of the full size units I've used on boats, and finds you pretty quick unless you're a long way from where you turned it off. Even then it doesn't take long.

Mine's been great for me.
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Mod 7 the overseas is in marathon south end next to stuffedcpig.
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Mine has been good for about a year now. Fingers crossed.....
Found some reviews online similar to what Piner described, but not many.
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I just bought one for my wife to carry with her on her PWC. It has a USB port in the back. Does anybody know if that will also recharge NiMH batteries if I have them in it?

Disregard. It will NOT recharge the batteries.
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I've been using a GPSMAP 78sc as a backup (and on friend's boats) for about 4 years. I use it almost every trip (meaning it is powered up and ready to use and logs my tracks).

It's been dropped a lot, bounced around on dashes on rough days, and dropped in the water. It has never skipped a beat and I couldn't want for more given the $$. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one.

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