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Originally Posted by rockDAWG
Thinking to buy a Garmin GPS to supplement of my current sailing need. I am trying to crew as much as possible in next year or so. Sometime the owner/skipper may NOT have the best and latest navigation instrument. Sometimes, it may not work at all. Sometime it may need to reboot the system constantly. I though it may be a good idea to carry one on my own in case something happens. Redundancy is good with some common sense.
Currently WestMarine (not necessary to there) is selling an older model of
GPSMap 76Cx for less than $180
GARMIN GPSMAP┬« 76Cx Color Mapping GPS, Americas at West Marine
The new model is
GPSmap 78SC for less than $500
GARMIN GPSMAP┬« 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver at West Marine
I am not sure the 78 model is worth three times as the one old.
Two specific questions:
1. I believe both are loaded with the US Coastal Map but not sure if Bahamas is included of not???
No, the 76Cx series has no charts preloaded.
2. Can either of these be tethered with a laptop (MacBook or iPad prefered), but if not, I can buy a PC laptop.
If you have some experiences in these portable devices, please share your wisdom.
Yes, they can be used with a MacBook, but not with an iPad. What software you're using will determine what cable you will need. The serial NMEA 0183 cable with a serial-to-USB converter is more versatile and supported in more software than the direct USB connection which will only show up in programs that can recognize a Garmin USB GPS, which IIRC uses a slightly different protocol than the NMEA 0183 does.
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