Looking at Garmin GPSMAP 76 series handhelds..
Getting confused with features on Gpsmap 76C, 76Cx and 76CsX...
Any of the three more desireable..? Any of the three not useable...?
Looking for detail maps of Great lakes are they included, or is that a seperate purchase...?
Just FYI- All 3 of these models are "discontinued" by Garmin. West Marine has been selling them at 50% off for months, to get rid of the old stock.
Don't get me wrong, they're good units and I just bought the 76Cx.
Fairly energy thrifty
Compatible with OpenCPN (and other free chart plotting software)
The base maps are cartoonish at best. You'll need to fork over about $100.00 to buy the chart package so that you have detailed charts, OR you can continually link it to a laptop or iPad loaded with detailed raster charts.
The interface is fairly intuitive, but like any unit that only has a few buttons, the menus are layered so there's a lot of "click, click, click, click" to get to the menu option you're looking for.
If you drive a larger boat, say, 35 feet, and travel long distances frequently, a larger chartplotter would probably be in order. For 30 feet, day sailing or short-hop gunkholing, one of these is just fine.