I use the Garmin
handheld 76 csx? ( the color one) It works on the boat and in the car. I have the usb cable and can plan trips on Mapsource on my laptop
at home and upload to the unit. It runs on AA batteries. I think they're about $399. now. Accessories extra.
Two years ago, I bought the Garmin 545 for the helm
, just under $1,000. It comes preloaded with the East Coast
. I have it on a swivel arm mount at the helm
and can remove it easily and store it.
If you get the 545s you can hook a sounder up to it.
easily. I am very happy with both units. Although, I now want to add radar
and am considering a MFD vs. a seperate Radar
PS....My handheld is an Icom that runs on a NC rechargable battery
OR on AA's I really like this feature. I keep the AA's in the unit and the other one charged and ready to go, at the end of the day, If the AA's start to fade, it's a quick swap.