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I go with all the posts above which make it obvious how good a choice it is. I also have Garmin 76 as a handheld and as backups and use them for little other than getting a fix and converting it to a paper chart.
Unfortunately I was reading through the New Zealand Cat 1 requirements and the technoclogy has now caught up with common sense. They now require at least one mounted GPS chart plotter and handhelds only permitted as backup. So now I will have to invest in a piece of equipment that I have no use for just to satisfy the bureaucracy.
I guess that's the cost of progress.
Sounds like a rather silly requirement. If you ask me, chartplotters give folks a false sense of security. Also, a handheld GPS is a much more robust device; it's electrically isolated from the rest of the boat, it's light and physically isolated (a.k.a., it can move rather than have to resist the full impact of something hitting it), and it forces one to look at the actual paper charts (true even with plotter-type handheld, since the screens are so small).
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