Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Lake Minnetonka (near Minneapolis, Minnesota)
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Do you have wheel steering or do you use a tiller? If you have wheel steering you can mount a small gps unit right in front of you. If you use a tiller you may have to actually hand hold the unit, since mounting it on the bulkhead or near the companionway might put it too far away to see the detail clearly -- am I giving away the age of my tired old eyes here?
I bought a Lowrance H20c for really cheap at Gander Mountain and I really love it for the boat. It is completely waterproof, and the lake charts software I bought with it shows depth contours at 1 foot intervals! (Much better resolution than the lake charts on my friend's $1000 Garmin.) The H20c has road information as well but does not have auto-routing capability so its use in a car is limited. I do keep it in my second car as a toy when sailing is done for the year.
Its battery life (AAs) really sucks but I wired a 12v socket to the back of the cockpit and keep it plugged in there. I hang the unit on a homemade bracket on the lazarette but can grab it at any time for a closer look at the display. It's kind of fun to look at your recorded track and analyze your tacking angles.
Chiquita - 1974 Macgregor Venture of Newport 23
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