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Old 07 May 2004, 09:47   #1
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Garmin GPS MAP

I am looking at buying a Garmin 182C.
Does anyone know if they are heavily discounted at the shows ie. RIBEX.
Sould I wait until RIBEX or buy one now.

Do you think the 182c is a good GPS or is there something better for around the 650 - 700 mark.

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Old 07 May 2004, 10:10   #2
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Nick, Some folk prefer "black & white" ,on the basis that it's cheaper so you can get a larger screen , some prefer the clarity you get with colour . We've got a 182C and I think it's got good contrast , and a very clear display. If it dosn't already have the latest software loaded , thats quite easy to remedy as well. ( recently mentioned in a thread about tidal data ).

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Just been to SeaTeach in Emsworth.
They have 2 GPSMAP 180s at 299 to clear.
It is discontinued but cheap.

01243 375774 if you are interested.
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I recall seeing the 182C with integral aerial at 629 in Nautequipe or Are you going for integral or remote aerial?

Garmin has also just introduced another colour plotter, the 172C, with a slightly smaller screen which Nautequipe is doing for 550. The other options would be the Navman 5500i at 580 (5" colour screen) or the newly launched Raymarine RC435i with 6" colour screen at 670. And I see Lowrance has just introduced its GlobalMap 3300C colour plotter at 385.

I notice that the C-Map charts which the Navman utilises seem to be a whole lot cheaper than the Garmin BlueChart and Navionics Gold.
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Old 08 May 2004, 04:45   #5
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bought mine from steve at nautiquipe.. also with integral arial fully recomend one.. yes the screens may be smaller but i read it fine,,, and it does the job for me sure he will have a ribex offer on,,, bought mine at boat show price.....

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Old 08 May 2004, 06:26   #6
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Originally Posted by Mark Halliday
They have 2 GPSMAP 180s at 299 to clear.
It is discontinued but cheap.
I seem to remember somone mentioning not being able to get garmin's old charts. The ones based on Navionics cartography.

I used to have a 235 and it cost a fortune in charts because the coverage is in small patches and inconvenient overlaps. My new bluecharts are actually much cheaper overall. At least they are for my area. One chart right up the east coast, over the top and down to Northern ireland, including the inland Caledonian Canal.

The colour is much easier to understand than the old mono. There were lots of errors on the old charts too.

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