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x2 I have this one...oops I have the 76cx....my bad

now about charts how expensive and good are they for simple plotting? I have only used this gps for basic navigating on land...but are the charts really accurate?

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...now about charts how expensive and good are they for simple plotting? I have only used this gps for basic navigating on land...but are the charts really accurate?
Hi Christian, I bought charts for all the Great Lakes, out the St Lawrence River. I think it cost me ~$150. This was three years ago. I wonder if they're now cheaper due to pressure from online sources. I bought the same set of charts for my iPad (iNavX with Navionics charts) for ~$50.

I find our Garmin charts to be generally pretty accurate. We do most of our route planning using larger paper charts, or now sometime the iPad. The small screen on the 76 are too small to do route planning very well. But I use it constantly for under way plotting and navigation.

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I have the 78SC and like it just fine. It gets used as a backup, although it was the primary device for a while.

Also take a look at the Garmin Oregon 650.

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I like the Garmin 72 76 interface and screen display.

However I have 5 units and only one works reliably.
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Re: Handheld GPS recommendations

might want to take a look at the Garmin GPSMAP 62S - it has some features that you may like for kayaking

Amazon.com: Garmin GPSMAP 62S Handheld GPS Navigator: GPS & Navigation Amazon.com: Garmin GPSMAP 62S Handheld GPS Navigator: GPS & Navigation


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Thanks to all for your good advises! This makes my choice pretty easy...
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I use the Garmin 72, its a simple unit...no charts. I used OpenCPN(free) when getting/planning waypoints for trip with up to date NOAA charts loaded into laptop. I then load way points into Garmin 72 and then just navigate to waypoints. Pretty cheap and so far reliable setup.

I have a $20 GPS puck plugged into laptop safely below decks which gives me a poor mans chartplotter using OpenCPN....its functional and gives me a visual position on chart but surely not waterproof but does give me some redundancy.

I have both setup on boat for less than $180 not including laptop.
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hey I just installed Opencpn but it says I have no charts installed...

how do I go about installing some charts for pacific coast of central america?

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hey I just installed Opencpn but it says I have no charts installed...

how do I go about installing some charts for pacific coast of central america?

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I downloaded my charts from NOAA website as a file. I used help function in program to get instructions...took a few tries to get right format.
I think cruisersforum.com has a section for setting it up.

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