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Old 02-16-2011, 12:20 PM
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Looking for a handheld gps device I can use while in the Bahamas (Abaco, Elbow Cay).

Dropoff sweeps in real close as you run N-->S, want something that has the map(s) preloaded or I can download to and plot trolling lines and mark catches, hopefully year over year develop a base of activity and potentially type of fish caught/where. There are also some reefs to watch out for and I want them marked. If anyone knows or has heard of Hopetown there is a bit of a tricky run out the north end of Elbow Cay if you don't know what's what and where, would love to run out that way and this might be the answer. Typically I run out of the cut on the southern end of the island and stay well away from heading up north because of that reef, worst case scenario I could always run S-->N well outside of the reef and get to where the fishing is typically more active having the map.

Can get my hands on a used Garmin Colorado 400c, has the maps loaded already for where I will be per the Garmin lady we'll call her.

Seems like a no brainer but is there something better out there or more effective?
Price is a bit of an issue and this seems the most economical way to accomplish what I want.

Has to be portable because we rent and I am a complete novice when it comes to this, I know the area real well, have been fishing there annually for years, throwing a bit of science at it this time.

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Old 02-16-2011, 04:48 PM
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i got a colorado 400c last year. it was one of the few handhelds that came preloaded with charts. i've been very happy with it. it's got me home through some heavy fog a couple times.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:15 PM
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+2 on the Colorado 400. I have one and love it. You can also buy a chip for the 76CSX which is a good unit too.

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Old 02-16-2011, 08:02 PM
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Bought the 400c specifically for my trip to Abaco, fished out of Lubbers Quarters. It worked great, the charts are accurate, did it all. I just replaced it with the 450 as I left the 400c with a great friend (loaded with US charts doesn't help in Canada)
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:16 AM
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76CSX is a good unit. It is a little more accurate than my older fixed Garmin. So, I actually use the handheld more. Also, I had a boat stolen and lost a good fixed unit--but, my 76CSX was not on the boat and I had everthing backed-up on it. The less you leave on the boat the better off you are IMO.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:12 AM
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Another vote for the 76CSX. I killed my older 76 series monochrome with years of use and abuse. Replaced it with a 76CSX and it is right-on accurate when setting up on the reefs. Much more accurate than my fixed chartplotter. The only thing I don't like about it is the display is a little wanky and jumpy when you are sitting still. Fine as long as you are moving (even drifting), but it updates very quickly and it can be a bit annoying when you're on anchor. The old monochrome 76 wasn't nearly as jumpy.
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Dulcecit Lures: I have not experienced that problem. I wonder if it is a unit problem or the sats. I have only used mine on the east coast.
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Willie - not sure. I definitely noticed this difference between my old monochrome and the color unit and assumed it was just a display difference. Then again, it could be because I tend to zoom in extremely tight when I'm setting up drifts on the reefs. I do love seeing my previous tracks, because it lets me motor right back up the line and do the same drift all over.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:48 AM
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Picked up a Colorado today, now on to the manual.

@Zacon, I am assuming you ran out of the Tilloo cut. We stay right across from Lubber's on Tahiti Beach. Any info or tips you might offer would be welomed. I usually run out and do an oval up as far north White Sound and back down a bit south and then run in and out on a line with the cut. Usually get one or two, back to the dock by 9, ready for the beach by 10. Great way to start the days down there.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:46 PM
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Ghost33, yes ran the cut, your plan sounds great but I'm a newbie to the area(6-8 years) the member you want to hear from is steve55. Great guy, hell of a fisherman, and knows that water!
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