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Old 11-04-2015, 13:14   #31
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Re: Hand held GPS

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Buy a iPad.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I considered a tablet very briefly, but they really don't suit my style.

I have a 1998 Garmin etrex without charting capability that has been through hell. It's survived years as my only electronic aid to navigation on my boat, survived months of trekking in the nepal, months of riding the in India and a motorcycle crash at over 90 kph back in 2005. There was also an iPod in the saddle bag at the time of the crash, which was completely destroyed.

My etrex still functions like the day I bought it, I'd be lucky to get 3 years out of an iPad, never mind 20 years of hard use.

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Old 11-04-2015, 13:17   #32
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Re: Hand held GPS

I use Garmin GPSMAP 78. The screen is small, but adequate, it is waterproof and rugged enough not be be damaged if it slides off the seat onto the cockpit floor. I also carry an Android tablet with me but I find the Garmin easier to use, despite it's tiny screen, rather than fiddling with the tablet's touchscreen. However the user interface software on the older Garmins (e.g., GPSMAP 76) was simpler to use and better designed for marine navigation. The newer handhelds are targeted at hikers and geocachers and marine navigation seems to be an afterthought.

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Old 07-05-2015, 16:29   #33
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I have a garmin 76c and a 640. I found that sunlight makes iPhone/iPad unreadable. The 76c is the workhorse, and in a waterproof bag has worked well inshore and offshore. And I can use iNavx for my apple prods, which integrates with traverse, which makes syncs smooth.
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Old 07-05-2015, 17:02   #34
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Re: Hand held GPS

Belts and braces! I use a Garmin 76s as primary. I enter a track and like the ETR and track functions. I also at the same time use a IPad with navitronics charts with same route entered. I have a dodger and bimini with a dc plug at wheel. Garmin way points come from paper charts. This works well for me and I like the layers of backup. All works very well but I am a fresh water sailor.

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Old 07-05-2015, 17:12   #35
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Re: Hand held GPS

I've had the same problem with the mouse. I found if I boot up with the GPS disconnected and then put it into the computer the problem doesn't happen.
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Old 19-11-2015, 11:30   #36
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Re: Hand held GPS

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Just got the West Marine Black Friday ad and they have the Garmin 72H for $99.99. Regularly $149.99 and lots cheaper than Amazon, although you could get a certified refurb from Amazon for $89.99.


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