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12-11-2006 11:50 PM
sailingdog You're basically SOL.
12-11-2006 10:46 PM
camaraderie Bring a poncho into the cockpit and sit under it with your laptop.
Cost: $5
Value: Priceless!


Giu...that is NY english for "forget about it"
12-11-2006 10:19 PM
hellosailor Kermie, there are a number of under $100 or near $100 GPSes but they will all be basic units, no mapping. If you want mapping the prices zoom up again, catch-22.

Sunlight-readable laptops are gonna cost you dearly, there's no way around that.
12-11-2006 08:08 PM
CaptKermie I have a hand held Garmin GPSMAP 76CS with the color charts that I have been using for 3 years. There are two things I don't like about it; one is the fact that BlueCharts divided the Pacific Northwest into two seperate areas to purchase (Canadian & US) what a rip job; two the display is very small and requires a lot of zooming in and out and Garmin is still locked into that ancient 640 X480 resolution. Other than that it is a nifty little unit that I can carry with me on anyones boat or car for that matter. It holds 115 MB of memory and the Pacific Northwest only consumes about 22MB, lots left over for topo maps or street maps. You can also plug into a sunlight readable laptop using USB port and see live tracking on the laptop display.
While on the topic of GPS displays can anyone provide me with a solution for my non-sunlight readable laptop. When out on the boat I have to keep it below to see the screen, if I bring it topside or even near the companion way the sun washes out the display as it is stronger than the backlight of the display. This really sucks and I need a cheap solution, those sulight readable laptops are very expensive, it would be cheaper to just buy a larger garmin unit but I want to keep it under $100.00 for the solution. Any thoughts?
12-11-2006 05:11 PM
CBinRI I have a Garmin 182c. It is now discontinued but I found it to be very user friendly and easy to read. The one bit of advice I would give is the color screens are much easier to see and read than the black and whites.
12-11-2006 02:15 PM
RayMetz100 This looked like a good deal: The Garmin GPAMSP 76Cx for $315

It's $150 more than the GPSMAP 76 though.
12-09-2006 01:39 PM
FrankLanger I may be in the minority, but we compared the Garmin 76 map and the Loranz (sp?), and found the Loranz colour screen a bit larger and easier to read (even the handheld one), and got a better price on it than the Garmin.

As well, the salesperson said they used to carry Garmin, but switched to Loranz because of better customer service with them. We have been very pleased with it so far after one season use.

I was initially a bit intimidated by the idea of GPS (technologically challenged ), but the Loranz can be operated in a very basic way, and then the manual shows how you can do more advanced stuff on a different setting, so it allows you to "grow" with it as your comfort increases.

12-08-2006 11:32 PM
bestfriend thanks cam, i'll check those out, and congrats on the moderator status!
12-08-2006 11:31 PM
camaraderie gpsmap76 is about the least expensive that will do the trick for you but there is a $100 buck rebate on some of the fixed mount products that make them pretty attractive right now. GPS276/78 376/78 have it.
12-08-2006 11:20 PM
bestfriend Thanks guys, just the info I needed. I am not ready to spend thousands on electronics yet, and I figure I can always use a back-up hand held.
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