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Old 15 July 2003, 06:07   #1
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GPS advice

Could anyone advise me which GPS to buy as a "beginner" without a boat. A handheld unit of some kind which does the job but won't be too expensive. Garmin would seem to be the leading make. Are they available second hand?

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You can use the Search facility on this site to give you loads of info. on GPS's both fixed and h/h.
Last time I looked the consensus, for a handheld unit, was the Garmin 12.
Think they retail at around 130-150 but look on e-bay where a lot of new and 2nd hand units can be found, probably for under 100.
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Or you could go and see Janet at Nautequip chandlery just down the road from you in the old station building at Hartlebury next door to the Shakespeare factory. She'll fix you up with what you need.

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IMVHO, a GPS is possibly the very last bit of kit to buy... you may find that you buy a boat with one already installed! Also they can be misleading in the hands of beginners....

Also beware of bidding over the odds on Ebay - some people (I was tempted to type "muppets" - d'oh!) bid up to within a couple of 's of the new price. Always do a google search on the model name/number, you can get some great "proper" bargains!

I have an old Garmin GPS40 which I don't use any more. I haven't checked it working, but if it's OK I might put it up for sale.

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Thanks for the advice.
I didn't know about the place in Hartlebury David, it is very close to me so I shall have a wander over.

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E-bay have loads of Hand held GPS's both Garmin, Magellan and others. Prices ranging from 20.00 upwards. I just bought a Megellan 315 for 60, works a treat but eats batteries llike the're going out of fashion.
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