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Hi guys, thanks for the replies,
Rythmdoctor, you seem to have a nice setup but it is a little bit more than what I want.
First of all, I have maps of the lakes I want to navigate and the gps is more for "toying" with the technology. My neigbor is an officer in the Canadian Navy (reserve) and he teached me all the basics and more, as well as giving me sailing tips etc...
I choosed the Sirius mainly because of the swing keel, since from my home, I can drop the boat in Lake St-Louis (2000') or Lake St-Francois (20Km or 15 miles). The boat was in excellent condition and the price really good, a kind of deal you can't let go...
The gps will be more usefull next summer, as my wife wants to navigate from Lake St-Francois all the way up to the thousand islands, is St-Laurence river. I checked the map and there are many narrow areas, shallow water etc. We will not be able to sail but will use the motor to navigate around some islands. That is probably when I will like to have the gps to know my exact position.
I will probably go with the PC in cabin and 7" monitor mounted in a water resistant frame that I will make, installed in the cockpit. Like someone said, the tiny screen of handheld gps is scaring me. Anyway, it is going to be a nice winter project and if the results are not satisfying me, i'll just buy the marine unit.