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As far as a surge protector, the answer is yes. It does have one. Any Garmin that uses that particular cigerette plug has a built in surge protector.
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Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

It does sound like you are tough on your GPS's. I currently have three Garmin's, two of which are handhelds. The oldest handheld is 16 years old, and the newest handhled is 10 years old. Both of these units have worked reliably. I do keep all three of them out of the sun when not in use, putting them below when on the hook or back at the dock.

I did have a screen go bad on the older unit roughly 16 years ago, and was amazed at Garmin's service on that. They have a 'reconditioning center'. For a fixed fee (something like $40) you can send in your old unit and get a reconditioned unit back. That reconditioned unit has worked for the 16 years since and was just used this fall by a friend who borrowed it for a trip he was making.

My boat came with a Raymarine GPS which I never liked and was delighted to swap out when my boat was hit by lightning a decade ago.

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Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

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As far as a surge protector, the answer is yes. It does have one. Any Garmin that uses that particular cigerette plug has a built in surge protector.
does this apply to the hardwire kit? I dont have the ciggarette adapter, so far I only use batteries...especially on the bike


wonder if I should refrain from hardwiring it in the meantime? ive had it for 3 years now
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Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

I found it best to buy any Garmin product form a large store which has it's own warrantee, as I found Garmin's warrantee quite useless.

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You must be rough on your gear.
I have a 72 and a 76 for a while now, and they're still ticking.
I'll second that.

I have sailed many thousands of miles with a 72 and before that a 76 (same thing) and only on my very first unit back in probably 1999 one of the buttons broke off which was then a known problem (rubber membrane was too thin) and subsequently modified. My unit was replaced with a new one no questions asked.

Since then I have added two 72 units for redundancy, one is 3 years old and still in it's factory packaging. They never seem to give any problems. But to be fair, mine have an easy life. They only get switched on twice a day when I want to update my position on the paper chart (sorry I still use those ). The rest of the time they're cozy in the chart table.


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Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

you should buy a sextant clearly gps's dont like you. but seriously i carry two handhelds as backup and i have a standard horizon chart plotter. My standard horizon is below deck in my nav station so i can't cmment on how it holds up outdoors, but i will say the handhelds which is all i had before i installed the chart plotter while very waterproof and foolproof run thru alot of batteries, like you should buy stock in duracell if you use one constantly
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Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

Well I guess I must be doing something wrong but the failure mode is not consistent. From left to right.

1 Totally dead. It shut down on passage and nothing I did raised a beep or anything on screen.

2 Still works but usually goes to a blank display with a black vertical line after a few minutes. Does not respond to power off button, but unplugging and plugging in will restart it.

3 On connection it powers up without use of the on button and finds satellites and displays a position. Does not respond to any button input.

4 On power up it finds a satellite or two then shuts down.

5 Yup I am crazy I bought number 5 today. So far so good!
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PS Yes I do still have a sextant and about once a year I shoot the mid day sun for old times sake and calculate my position.
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