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What GPS to use

I am a weekend sailer with a ambition to go off shore more and more. I have a Garmin 215 from the 2000's that is going bad. I would like to know your imput in what I should replace it with. I dont have $700.00 bucks. I am a man of limited means.
Please let me know your thoughts.
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Re: What GPS to use

I like my Garmin GPSmap 76Cx...you may need to buy its successor, as it was being phased-out.
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Re: What GPS to use

What is your budget? Fixed or handheld?
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What is your budget? Fixed or handheld?
375-400 not sure on the hand held? Maybe fixed would be better. Somthing easy to use.
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Re: What GPS to use

Some thoughts rather than a particular recommendation : (had my Lowrance HDS 5M for 3 years now)

The 5" screen on my fixed is far more useful than the less than 2" one on my handheld. I'd only recommend a handheld if you're changing boats a lot.

In SF Bay with currents, I love the "projected line of course" feature. It projects the actual course in a line (I have it set 1 mile ahead). So you can see where you are really going, not where you are pointed.

NMEA2000 support is nice if you want to have all the instrumentation interconnected (for example, GPS speed displayed on the GMI 10, and so on)

The AIS target display on the Lowrance is nice (connected to a AIS receiver)

The Lowrance is powerful for the money, but not easy to use. Garmin have a better reputation for ease of use.
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Re: What GPS to use

A lot depends on what you want to do.

INshore, a $200 tablet with free nav software and charts works.

OFFshore, pretty much any GPS will do, you don't need charts to show you open water.

So a lot depends on what you want to do with it.
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Re: What GPS to use

Well mostly we will sail the Rivers in and around the AICD Charleston to St Augustine Fl,
I want to know where the bottom is. I want to be able to see my COG and Hull Speed. I want to start going off shore more and more and need to know where the channel to the rivers are. Along the coast here you can find very shallow water 5 miles off the beach. I need to know where I am at knight. I want to start training this coming summer for overnight sailing. From my dock to Charleston is an over night offshore. So I need a all around GPS I guess?
I have a Garmin 215 Black and white that use to work o.k but the screen is starting to go.
Thanks guys for the help. They are so expensive anymore I don't to end up with the wrong unit.

Let me know if this helps.
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Re: What GPS to use

The GPS will give you COG and SOG, but if you want speed through the water, you'll need a knotlog/paddle. If they are both nmea2000, you can use the plotter to display the speed from the paddle.

In fact if you buy a DST800, it'll give you speed and depth. Another $250 though.
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Re: What GPS to use

WM are knocking out the Lowrance 5 with Gold charts and a transducer for $430. Seems like a good deal.
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The GPS will give you COG and SOG, but if you want speed through the water, you'll need a knotlog/paddle. If they are both nmea2000, you can use the plotter to display the speed from the paddle.

In fact if you buy a DST800, it'll give you speed and depth. Another $250 though.
.. and temperature, useful in crossing the Gulf stream etc...
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