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Old 02-07-2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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Handheld Gps

I am looking to purchase a new handheld GPS and would to like to ask if anyone has had experience with either of the*following units.* I currently don't own*a handheld so I'm looking for any input that will help.

Garmin GPSmap 76S
Garmin Etrex Legend HCx
Garmin GPSmap 60
Lowrance Ifinder H20c

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Old 02-08-2008, 04:14 AM   #2
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We use the Garmin 76 and it works just fine, even in fog in Maine .

We usually use paper charts , but on the Loop recently there were holes in the chart kit charts.

We downloaded a program and the US gov free charts to iur lap top.

The Garmin would easily give a lat/lon readout and we would scroll that into the lap top and have a "moving map" display with no effort or Co$t.

In Florida where the viz is unlimited , no sweat , but even in the soup in a place like Maine it would work just as well. The fix time to position time is max 10 seconds , no biggie on an 8K cruiser.

And it will work as well with the Loran , if the Chinese EMP the comm & nav birds .

Works for me,

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I'll second the Garmin 76!!!
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Be sure to spend the bucks to get the 12V power plug , changing batts every day is a drag!

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FF & John,

I'm leaning very strong towards the 76S. It's black and white but in my price range. Is your 76 a backup or your primary?

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PRIMARY , its all you need , unless you cant read a chart.

If so about $10K will get the latest Furuno majic that wipes your butt for you!

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:42 AM   #7
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I have a Garmin 76c that I used as a primary GPS for a year. Works great, the map source software is also great. *You can load the charts on the GPS and get more detail then the standard charts that it is pre loaded with.
I agree with FF on the power adapter, batteries dont last long in the GPS. West Marine puts the 76 on sale quite a bit for $179.
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I used it as primary powering the Captain on a laptop. My boat now has a decent enough chartplotter(G182c) that I don't even break out the 76 anymore. But it never failed to provide for me for 5 years....I used the very first version of it.
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Thanks for the info. It looks like I'm going to get the Garmin 76cx. I currently have a Garming 210 at the lower station. I think this will be a good replacement.

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