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Hybrid GPS

Garmin cam out with mod #640 for around 1,000$ that display both road and marine.
The problem with most road units is that they don't show marine markers, etc.. but as mentionned before it will help you with at least find your position and then you can go on your charts.

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Just to throw something else into the pile of suggestions. I have a Blackberry with GPS and Mapping App installed. As long as I have a wireless signal in the bay, I can have it "tell me where I am" giving the Lat and Long in raw coordinates which can then be charted. I tried this last month on my Coastal Navigation Checkout Cruise and it worked pretty good.

So if you have an installed GPS app that will tell you coordinates you could use it in conjunction with a real chart.

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SsilingDog, you are absolutely right. I have been trying to thoink of a way to do that with my NUVI 760. From the main screen you go to "Tools" then press "Where am I"?. Lo and behold there is the raw Lat and Long. Can't wait to give it a try myself.


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I use a garmin 276c that has both. I think it came from aircraft because it has altitude.

Sometimes when looking for a grocery store near a dock I switch to auto mode to find one close.

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Glad to help...have fun... BTW, I'd point out that I have yet to see a GPS unit that can't display the LAT/LON position on some screen someplace. Some will take a bit of futzing with, but all the ones I've looked at, from major manufacturers at least, will do it.

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Glad to help...have fun... BTW, I'd point out that I have yet to see a GPS unit that can't display the LAT/LON position on some screen someplace. Some will take a bit of futzing with, but all the ones I've looked at, from major manufacturers at least, will do it.

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SsilingDog, you are absolutely right. I have been trying to thoink of a way to do that with my NUVI 760. From the main screen you go to "Tools" then press "Where am I"?. Lo and behold there is the raw Lat and Long. Can't wait to give it a try myself.

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