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Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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At this point I'm leaning heavily towards the Garmin GPS 72. I know it's a very basic unit, but I think that's all I need. I'll only occassionally be using it for coastal navigation on Lake Michigan and the rare (maybe once per season) crossing of the lake.
My hopes are that the 72 will provide: reliable latt/long data to cross-reference with my paper charts, speed data, estimated time of arrival data, location data for nav aids, and the ability to program waypoints (of which 500 is plenty) for coastal cruising. That's about it. Mapping would be a nice techno-perk, but I don't think I need it. I figure I can pick up a 72 off of eBay for about $50. The GPSMAP 76 would cost at least $100 and then I'd still need to purchase MapSource (~$50) and/or BlueCharts (~$100) to make the maps truly useful.
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Last edited by kwaltersmi; 01-22-2008 at 01:26 PM.