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Old 21 August 2006, 16:09   #1
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Gps Thingy Help

Hi All Im In Desperate Help Need Some Sort Of Gps/chartplotter Thingy Getting Lost All The Time (no Sense Of Direction) Can Anyone Recomend A Good Cheep One Funds A Bit Tight
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Old 22 August 2006, 14:16   #2
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Given the spec you have given a garmin 12 is a good unit and cheap now. There are lots of small units about, but a chart and a compass are even cheaper!
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Given the spec you have given a garmin 12 is a good unit and cheap now. There are lots of small units about, but a chart and a compass are even cheaper!
I was about to say the same thing. Get a chart and a compass and then you will know if your arse or your head are pointing North. If you think that a GPS thingy is going to solve your problem them you will be wasting your money.
Hope this helps. T.
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Old 25 August 2006, 11:37   #4
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Comments above are the best advice you can receive.

Without sounding like a pompous preacher ( sorry !! ) if you are going to go any distance you should really know how to navigate using only chart and compass and then upgrade to electronic GPS while keeping the chart and compass in reserve for the time when your electronic GPS inevitably packs in!!

I think that keeping a chart of your area on board is a SOLAS regulation but I might be wrong!
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I'm all for the chart and compass thing, but that only works if you have a decent idea of where you are, or can see something to relate to.

For one of those no-idea-where-I-am, lost-in-the-fog, night, or way offshore incidents, I'd opt for a good GPS unit (and a good VHF, but that's another story.)

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