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Old 19 April 2012, 23:53   #1
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Im looking into buying a gps/nav device for my boat and will mainly use it for fishing keeping track and finding spots, i was wondering if there is one out there that can keep a record of your fishing spots, be able to enter cordinates and track you by gps, an inexpensive one would be nice
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Old 20 April 2012, 04:42   #2
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Good fishing spots are easy - just mark good spots with a waypoint, and set it up to record trails. Most have a fish logo in the "add waypoint" screen as one of the options for that very reason!

If cheap is your main consideration, you should be able to pick up a used waterproof garmin handheld for around 50. The old GPS12 of early 1990s vintage is very basic, but does what you need and usually goes for around 40 on Ebay. B&W screen mapping ones (EG GPS 76map or GPS-V) will be slighly more expensive. Just be aware that some of the garmin <number> series had aviation related sofftware, and have basic aviation maps built in, which are obviously not much use on the water... the 12/72/76/II/III/V are all fine for boating use.



I'm not sure what you mean by "track you" - if you mean record where you have been so you have a "breadcrumb trail" to get back they will all do that. If you mean so that your fishing buddies can find you out on the water you'll need a DSC radio hooked up to the GPS, or if you fish in an area with a strong mobile phone signal, there are plenty of free apps to do that.

Be aware for the radio scenario that not all handhelds have an NMEA out. (the data signal the VHF needs to broadcast your position). Post back if that's what you mean & we can explain further.
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I've got a Megallan 315 I use for this stuff - no fancy mapping or charts but is waterproof. Just clear basic headings and position and waypoints ..always in my pocket too ..Cheap as chips on ebay nowadays ...25 level

I even managed to find Exeter Airport using it once when I could only see a mile (in the air) - just dont tell the CAA !
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Im looking into buying a gps/nav device for my boat and will mainly use it for fishing keeping track and finding spots, i was wondering if there is one out there that can keep a record of your fishing spots, be able to enter cordinates and track you by gps, an inexpensive one would be nice
tp://www.rib.net/forum/f10/garmin-gpsmap-450s-47559.html Have a look at this one it's cheap
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Also looking for one with a feature that will Allow me to enter coordinated and show me the way to a spot without being there before
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Also looking for one with a feature that will Allow me to enter coordinated and show me the way to a spot without being there before
They should all do that as well.
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Lol know of a good iPhone app that can do all that, just curious especially be able to enter coordinates and show you how to get there. I have been looking and have big been successfully
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Lol know of a good iPhone app that can do all that, just curious especially be able to enter coordinates and show you how to get there. I have been looking and have big been successfully
Search the app store for Navionics
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Just be careful of using smartphone apps for navigation... Iphone batteries are not renown for longevity...
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