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Another thread had me dragging out my emergency backup handheld GPS unit, only to find it dead. It is so hard to actually part with a unit one has two station bases, a good power cable, and a custom cover for, but none of that stuff will fit a newer unit, I'm sure.
A few minutes, actually an hour or so of internet searching and reading left me with little practical information, so I thought I'd ask y'all what handheld GPS chart plotter you like the best. Maybe you don't actually have one, but perhaps you used one on someone else's boat.
It needs to be 100% handheld but could have a station base that would hold it in place for the helmsperson. Of course, it must have a 12 VDC power cable, either with a cigarette lighter plug or one I attach, no permanent wiring.
Some seem to have 'grey scale' worldwide charting included but is this actually navigatable charting, or is it pretty much necessary to buy their charts for each area one might expect to go?
I'm not looking for all the bells and whistles, but a good solid reliable hand held chart plotter that I might use once, should all else aboard fail. I've seen them from about us $150.00 to around us$500.00, with all kinds of features, but none of it means anything without some idea of how those who have purchased and used them really like them.
I'm not at all interested in a computer or tablet based GPS, but rather a dedicated marine waterproof unit that can be out and useable in the worst weather.
So, anyone who wants to contribute to my knowledge is welcome to contribute. But, please do remember, this unit may spend it's entire lifespan in a case somewhere and never be used, so I see little point in spending the big boat bucks on it. Serviceable, user friendly, and economical.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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