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Old 16 May 2006, 10:39   #1
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GARMIN GPS Hand Held

I already have a Garmin 178c fitted to my Rib but also looking at buying a back-up hand held GPS and thinking about getting the GARMIN GPS MAP 60C which cost 269.95 plus the Atlantic Chart CD @ 120.

Before I buy this is there any other better unit I should consider?
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I already have a Garmin 178c fitted to my Rib but also looking at buying a back-up hand held GPS and thinking about getting the GARMIN GPS MAP 60C which cost 269.95 plus the Atlantic Chart CD @ 120.

Before I buy this is there any other better unit I should consider?

erm, seems alot of money for a back up which you won't get used an awful lot. I ve just got the basic Garmin Etrex as a back up, got my pub waypoint in it! Seriously though do you need charts on a back up gps, or is it another gadget!! If you dead set on it Garmin do seem to offer excellent customer service, so I would go with Garmin everytime, Navman are also highly regarded, for gps.
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take me instead of your back up i normally get home ok
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take me instead of your back up i normally get home ok
Not a bad idea, then I would be the first to arrive and last to leave
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Rich, I'll drag out my garmin handheld for you to have a dekko.

Back-up is never a waste (& yes I'm speaking from scary experience )

I think it's tops but agree it's and you can do as well for much less. It was a pressie.

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The display of the gps 60 and software is an updated version of that used in the gps72 and gps76, however, it isnt light years better. If you want a tough and reliable unit go for the no thrills gps72. No map but it does float and it does have imho a better designed bracket for mounting if required.

If you have to spend money and want a map I'd go for the gpsmap76 colour or not. The display is almost identical to the 60 series as is software. The advantage again imho is the 76 series doesnt have an annoying aerial sticking up and will lay nice and flat when you are working over a chart for instance. Also floats, also fits the better bracket.
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I've got a Garmin GPSmap76. I picked it up for the bargain price of 76 on ebay. It comes with basic map, though there's not much marine info on it. You can expand the info if you happen to have the Garmin CDs. It's easy to use, waterproof, floats and fits securely into the mount.

No complaints so far!
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I have an etrex legend as a back up, which I find is perfectly adequate.

It came with basic base map and the cd has nautical lights/bouys and wrecks to add.

It can also take blue charts if you wanted to but as the screen is only B&W personally I have never bothered.

I use garmins cycle handle bar mount to clip it to the grab rail if I need it.

I do use with the Garmins Road and Recreation map data when I am cycling or hiking.

currently 106!! on expansys

http://www.expansys.com/product.asp?code=110989

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Why don't you get an etrex if you only need a back up?
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