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Recommend Hand Held GPS

I'm in the market for a hand held GPS to replace the one I just tossed over the side.

I sail only on an inland lake. I used the previous GPS as a speedometer, to mark low places in the lake, and to mark places that I'd like to return to. I'd like the GPS to "know" the lake, or be able to download a map. I'd also like to be able to upload points to it for geo-caching. I don't give a rip about color, but I'd like a screen that is easy to see and has an available back light. I am price sensitive.

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Alex, I'll upload a picture at some point so that you can add me to your collection. Just not yet.
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I like Garmin products. Get one with mapping capabilities and a memory Chip. The Map 76cx is a nice one or The similar Etrex version.

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I have used a Garmin Etrex Legend for the last three years (on and inland lake in GA ) and have been very pleased. Pretty available (Wal-Mart used to sell them) inexpensive too, so an impromptu trip over the side isn't a bank breaker.
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I like Garmin 12 & the 12XL. They're probably obsolete but are really really idiot proof. So if you're not like me, then you could get Garmin 72 or 76 or those newer ones. Surprisingly, I still find brand new 12 & 12XL on market. There must be demand for this in my neck of woods.
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I'd say that looking for a Garmin 76C might be a good choice, as it has been discontinued but fits all the requirements you've got. It also floats, is IPX7 water-resistant and has an NMEA 0183 port to connect it to your laptop or a DSC capable VHF radio.

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I don't give a rip about color, but I'd like a screen that is easy to see ...
Colour displays are usually easier to read in bright sunlight, it seems.

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Also, IIRC, the Garmin 76C has better battery life than the monochrome Garmin 76 for some reason.

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I just purchased a Magellan Explorist 210 and am very disapointed. I cant use it with my laptop because Magellan has not written drivers for windows vista. I had to spend countless hours reinstalling windows xp and my software in order to use it. The software that did come with the device is buggy with a poor interface.

Also, their online nautical charts purchasing webpage (bluenav) has been broken since I bought the device (over a week). I have no way of loading any nautical charts onto the device.

Many people have suggested Garmin products and I agree. Stay away from Magellan at all costs!

Edit: The screen came with a very noticeable imperfection (scratch) but because I purchased it mail order I'm not willing to wait weeks for a replacement.

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A long time ago I made the mistake of spending good money on a Magellan. It was a turd then and it's a turd now. The interface isn't very good, and the signal regularly bouces by as much as 50 ft. That doesn't sound like much, but I geocache a little now and then, and 50 ft. means alot when I'm standing in a bunch of thorns looking for something that isn't there.
Every Garmin I've ever owned or used has been a quality product. They also have good product support, and offer constant updates. You just hook the unit(or card reader) up to your computer and download the latest updates through the Garmin website.

Great, now I'm starting to sound like Cam with the GPS thing.
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From what I've seen, the Garmin units have the best and easiest UI to use, are more durable and more accurate than many of the other brands...and more versatile in many cases.

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