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Re: Hand Held Alternative?
Whether I replaced it would depend on where I was sailing and in what. If you are in a familiar Lake or Bay with good charts and known depths, you could pass, if you like. A handheld GPS will give you speed over ground, but not through the water. It can be somewhat useful, unless you are really trying to be precise.
If I was cruising anywhere else, I would put in the right instruments.
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