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08-11-2004 02:57 PM
Hand held GPS

I replaced my 48 with an Eagle Sport Nav a few years back. It was the "optioned down" line of Lowrance handhelds at the time. Basic nav without map. I bought this one because it had the best display for direct sunlight...big numbers and adjustable contrast. Much easier to read than Garmins (I used a Garmin 45 too)but not as good for data base editing and viewing. It''s been banged around in several boats and flying without giving a hint of problems. Lowrance is a littler pricer than Garmin though. I''m looking to "modernize" again but not sure which way I''ll go this time. Lowrance has my attention based on the excellent performance with the Eagle.
08-11-2004 10:35 AM
Hand held GPS

I have the 76S, which I think is more than adequate. It holds 25 MB of data, which in my case is the entire Chesapeake, five adjacent counties, and the topo maps for the northern Shenandoah Park area. If I need more, I can download and reload as needed.

The only downside is that it''s hard to read in direct sunlight. Since the bimini is usually deployed while under sail, direct sunlight is not usually a problem. YMMV.

~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~
08-11-2004 10:12 AM
Hand held GPS

Does anyone have any experience or advice regarding the GarminMAP 76C vs 76S vs 76CS?

Obviously the color and electronic compass/barometer are the main differences, but how worthwhile are these features? Is it worth the investment?

Pretty much using for Lake Michigan Buoy and Port-to-Port races.
07-23-2004 01:58 AM
Hand held GPS

I use a Garmen Etrex that was actually designed for hiking. I have it mounted on a bracket next to my companionway. I use it basically for a speed indicator (particularly handy when docking) and in tandem with my magnetic compass. I have found this unit to be quite dependable, basic, and inexpensive.
07-22-2004 06:13 PM
Hand held GPS

Thanks to all for the feedback. My GPS48 had memory battery failure 3 times and just plain won''t work now. Think replacements come out of the reject bin as most replacement parts seem to. Will take a look at the GPS76 and map76 as well. Hope to get something that works for 2-3 years anyway.
07-22-2004 04:38 PM
Hand held GPS

Ive had several Garmins; the 12, the 48 and, currently, the GPSMAP 76. All Garmins share great desgins and a intuative software. I cannot recommend a product more highly. Sounds like my unit, the GPSMAP 76, may be over-kill for you but Garmin makes a wide variety of GPS units to suit everone''s needs.
07-22-2004 03:43 PM
Hand held GPS

I have a hand held Magellan GPS, Sporttrak I think it is called. It has not given me any troubles, has long battery life and is very accurate with speed, location and heading. I am sure it is not as feature filled as the Garmins but for me and my 23 foot sail boat it does fine since I use mostly to measure my over the ground speed, anchor alarm and distance to an anchorage or mark for a turn.
07-21-2004 04:29 PM
Hand held GPS


Redundancy is good in boating so get another GPS as a backup or primary.

Like Jeff H I have a nine year old GPS 12 that satisfies me but my old Loran still works so that''s my back up.

I like the handheld units over fixed ones as I can get under the dodger in the sun or rain or move back and forth on tacks and still check the GPS.

I would call Garmin on the phone and start out sweet asking for some help on your 76. If they brush you off then post it up here.

07-21-2004 11:22 AM
Hand held GPS

I have the plain old Garmin 76 (w/o charts) for sailing in the Great Lakes. It''s a great unit. I have used the 76Map and for the extra $100 or so bucks, it''s worth it. SailNet has them on sale fairly frequently.
07-21-2004 07:33 AM
Hand held GPS

I too have a garmin 76map and am very happy with it. One suggestion: in the system settings, set it to battary-saver mode (slow-refresh mode or something like that) hand turn on WAAS support. This will increase your battary life by 300%.

My only complaints: the illumination is inferior for night operation--I use a headlight now instead, much easier to deal with. It would be better if the lanyard attachment was set up so that the display was rightsite-up while hanging. And it takes longer to get a lock and looses its lock easier than any other unit I''ve worked with. But all told those deficiencies hardly offset the excellent features, waterproofness and floating ability are cool.

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