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02-11-2003 02:22 PM
Good Portable GPS


Cruising is exactly what I am looking at doing, hopefully within 6 1/2 years. I noticed that on the 176c that I can get the external antenna, both for automotive or marine. Thanks for the tip.

02-10-2003 07:41 AM
Good Portable GPS

If you are thinking of one day growing into cruising, I would advise that you consider purchasing a portable GPS with a removable antenna to which a remote-mount antenna can be attached. This pretty much restricts you to a vendor and sticking with them (Garmin for example). In this way, you can purchase your portable GPS now, then, if/when you go cruising, you may consider purchasing a fixed GPS with a remotely mounted antenna. If the fixed-mount ever gives up then you have a perfectly functional backup, by plugging the portable into the remote antenna.

Good Luck
02-04-2003 07:19 AM
Good Portable GPS


Yes, I have my 176c now. The color is nice to have, however, I wonder if the gray scale would be alot easier to read. I do enjoy having the ability to see different color nav. aids on the screen that will theoretically match with what my eyes see. I haven''t been able to use it sailing yet, as in Idaho all the lakes are solid chunks of ice now. I got mine in time to learn how to use it before going to get bareboat certified in San Diego the week of March 1st. I have dinked around with it in my truck, and it is quite accurate and picks up the satellite signals and gets warmed up quickly. I bought the 64MB Memory card for it and downloaded the maps from Central California to the Southern tip of Mexico. I believe it only used up approximately 8 MB of the card. The 176c uses batteries up fairly quickly, as you need the backlight on most of the time. It definitely is nice and portable, larger than many of the handhelds, but that is what you get for the larger screen. I am going to get the cover for it, as well as the carrying case. I will also get the ac adaptor and the dc adaptor, to save some AA batteries. It takes 4 of them. It is very easy to use the gps, the menues are self explanatory.

If you have any other questions, please let me know. My only hesitation about the 176c is that the screen is a little difficult to see, as you need the backlight, and the screen is reflective.

02-02-2003 10:47 PM
Good Portable GPS

As "Sailmc" indicated, GPS positioning can be more accurate than the charts (paper or electronic), and are highly repeatable.
Remember to annotate your charts with on-site readings, so that you have an actual "been there" record of GPS Waypoints. This record will enable you to electronically pilot to within GPS accuracy limits, excepting avoidance of "movable" features (sand bores etc).
02-02-2003 05:22 PM
Good Portable GPS

The Garmin 76 has barometric pressure? What page/selection is it found under?
01-31-2003 12:40 PM
Good Portable GPS


I too am wanting to purchase the 176 before we charter in May. I am assuming you have yours by now. What do you think? Is it portable enough for me to take along on our Moorings charters? To use as a handheld, pulling it out of the duffle when needed and transferring it from boat to boat. I like the idea of a bigger color screen. It will either be this one or the Map 76.
01-23-2003 09:22 AM
Good Portable GPS

Thanks to all. I ordered the Garmin 176c. We will see what the color looks like in the sun, and if it isn''t good, back it goes. Thanks again for all of the input.

01-16-2003 04:35 AM
Good Portable GPS

Color is nice if you can afford it. Most features are easier to discern. The drawback is that color is more difficult to see in bright direct sunlight.
01-15-2003 10:19 AM
Good Portable GPS

Thanks for all of the input. Would a color screen be a recommended feature, or is it mainly a way to jack the price up? I have heard that it can be useful with channel marker coloring on charts? Not sure, I have never done it before, I have been a lake sailor up until this coming summer. What would be some ''can''t live without'' features on a GPS in your opinions? Thanks again for the input. This is a great resource for knowledge.

01-15-2003 06:56 AM
Good Portable GPS

I will second Mike Hoyt''s opinion of the Magellan 315.
Very reliable and flexible. The menu setup is very intuitive and easy to learn to use. The screen resoulution is better than the comparable Garmin plus the screen is larger.
These units have excellent battery life as well. Technical support from Magellan is top notch.
Price is dropping now that the WAAS units are the "ones to have". I''m considering purchasing a second one just so I have a spare.
Oh yeah, it floats.

Andy Shand
Dry Red
C&C 25-I
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