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Old 25-12-2015, 10:06   #1
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portable marine GPS

What is a practical portable GPS with charts ICW, East Coast, Bahamas?
A friend used a handheld compact battery operated Garmin from West Marine which worked great but using batteries, lasting half a day. It came with charts.
I would like a little larger display and also mountable in the cockpit, should be waterproof, and able to connect to 12 V plug.

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Old 25-12-2015, 10:22   #2
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Re: portable marine GPS

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What is a practical portable GPS with charts ICW, East Coast, Bahamas?
A friend used a handheld compact battery operated Garmin from West Marine which worked great but using batteries, lasting half a day. It came with charts.
I would like a little larger display and also mountable in the cockpit, should be waterproof, and able to connect to 12 V plug.

Thanks
WolfgangSeaLife
Samsung Xcover 3 will do the job, is waterproof and can also be your smart phone: Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 - Full phone specifications
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Old 25-12-2015, 10:40   #3
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Re: portable marine GPS

Have you used the Samsung xcover3 for GPS navigation on the boat?
What app did you use? How did it work? How long does the battery last?
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Old 25-12-2015, 10:57   #4
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Re: portable marine GPS

Garmin GPS 72H will run off your house bank, its all I use.
http://www.iafstore.com/eu/garmin/gp...e-12v-codp3539
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Old 25-12-2015, 11:23   #5
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Re: portable marine GPS

I has used a old Xcover II GT-S7710 and also the initial version of Samsung Xcover with Opencpn android version - works flawless. the last version Xcover III should be even better. Depending on your display brightness setting it may last for up to two days and can be charged with a 12 volt USB charging adaptor. It is a handy device for assisting navigation, but I would never trust it as a sole navigation device due to the lack of external GPS antenna and touch screen operation.
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