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Old 12-08-2006
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I went with the Garmin GPSmap 76 for $180. The color handhelds are much nicer, but they run about $400+. For that price, you're almost to a GPSmap 172C which is the direction you may eventually want.

So far, I'm very happy that I went with my $180 handheld. Just remember that both are almost worthless until you buy the Garmin BlueChart map for them so add $100 to the price. Do NOT buy a GPS 72 or 76 without map capabilities, you want a GPSMAP model.

They do sell units that already have the good maps, but they start closer to $1000.
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