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Garmin 440(s)?

I've been looking at the Garmin 276 and 498 for dual use (boat and car). This new model caught my eye. Also need a depth gauge, and seems like this could pull double duty. Also, at 600$, less by about 300 than the 498.

Anybody have any thoughts? I know it's boat only.

Finally, could something like this go in a nav pod? Looks like a console mount.
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Geary, we just got our 545s which is the steep up in resolution and its really amazing picture quality. You can mount it in a NavPod you just have to order the flush mount kit from garmin around $25 and then a blank navpod the right size and cut the face yourself. We have not done this yet but thats what i have been told. In the picture you can see I mounted ours on the near side on the pedistal. In the picture its just the bracket for the GPS.



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Last time I checked the 498 was selling in the $400.00 range. I bought mine for $590.00 ........
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The 498 is discontinued...anything left is on closeout which is the reason for the great price.
Since the 440 has an internal antenna I would hesitate befor installing in a NavPod and you might want to call Garmin on this before purchase. They do sell a flush mount kit but it may require you to plug in an external antenna.
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I recently purchased a Garmin etrex Legend Cx. I wanted a smaller one for use on motorcycle as well as boat and car. I will be fair and say this is the first GPS unit I have ever owned.

I must say, I absolutely love it. It functions well for all applications. The drawback is that it is small, and essentially made for hiking, but I was able to attend to it well while on the motorcycle and scroll through various functions. although it will let me plot courses directly on the unit, for practical reasons, I plot my routes on the computer and import them.

As for boat usage, I can switch the metrics from Statute to Kilometers, to nautical, depending on how I want to use it. As for the Boat, it replaced the Knotmeter and the compass, although I h ave to be in motion for the compass to work. Also, if I am in motion the compass points in the direction the unit is moving. If it reads north up, and I turn it around in the car, it still will read north up.
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$400! No kidding? Seems like this is the value of the century. Can one of your guys point me the right direction?

Of course, I would then still need a depth finder.
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Scott / Columbia,

Nice boat! Do you have the model with the transducer, or just use the GPS features? Is there a different model, or do both models include input for transducer (comes in one box, doesn't in another).

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I've seen it at a variety of prices:
GARMIN INTERNATIONAL - 0100050401 - CHARTPLOTTER, GPSMAP 498 EXTERNAL

Do a google search on the name and model and you'll find a ton.
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I hope you checked to make sure the GPS doesn't cause a problem with the compass.
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yeah the compass is good with the GPS there, I removed a old depth sounder navpod for the gps to go there. does not seem to effect the compass at all.

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