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Old 06 September 2001, 12:30   #11
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Make sure you get a European model - as you don't want it full of US maps.

Maybe there will be some good deals at the boatshow if you can make it!
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Old 06 September 2001, 12:32   #12
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Okay, okay. What I need to do is persuade The Boss that this GPS Map thingy would be useful to her. Do they have a database with shops on it?

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Old 06 September 2001, 13:59   #13
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Disappear for a couple of days . Pretend you could not find your
way back home. Explain why a gps whould be helpful.

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Old 07 September 2001, 01:03   #14
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I have a GPS Map 76 by Garmin and think it is a highly evolved unit. Very high resolution screen display, many new features, complete tide information for example, it floats, totally waterproof, etc. I haven't used the download feature yet to add charts from CD's. Batterys (2 AA) last about 18 hours. In the states it costs $300 usd. or $229. without the CD download feature (called the GPS 76).
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Old 07 September 2001, 01:41   #15
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Nreid,

Can you post a picture of this unit ? It sounds interesting.

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Old 07 September 2001, 04:58   #16
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Well not quite "locations of all M&S stores in the UK", but its a start - especialy if your after a bigmac in London!

http://www.itatwork.freeserve.co.uk/waypoints.htm

(Some people obviously have nothing better to do!)

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Old 08 September 2001, 18:23   #17
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Having let my last GPS ( Magellan) go with the rib I just sold, I am in the market for a new one. I would use it on the rib, ocasionally in the car and as a backup for sailing so I prefer buttons below the screen. The Garmin Emap looks good but doesnt get mentioned much for marine use. Does anyone have any experience of this model?
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Old 02 October 2001, 14:45   #18
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Well, what a week! Choppy in the Moray, Cruisin' in the Cromarty and seal spottin' in Kylesku. Big grin from ear to ear, that's what inflatable things do for you - boats that is.

Having arrived back in Birmingham I am having to make do with looking at boating websites for the next 3 months 'till I am back up in Scotland again. Anyway, I was looking at GPS sites again and I came across the Garmin GPSMAP 176 @ 450.00 (4 and a half weeks without food). It looks good and seems to have good specifications. I think it could be mounted on the for'ad seat in my boat (we don't use it as the front passenger sits in the bow - note my use of nautical terms, I just hope they are right!).

Anyone out there used one of these? Are they waterproof? Well it's only another 100.00 more than the Garmin Map hand held and I do need to loose weight!!!

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Old 02 October 2001, 16:01   #19
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Hi Keith!

I tried the GPSMAP 176C at the same time as the rest of the new Garmin models. The 176 uses the same Transas charts as the bigger units and the chart quality is great. The menus are easy to understand and quite logical.

However, the 176 has noticeably smaller display than other units, so I would recommend you to ask your dealer if you can try one in your boat. Trying it in a shop is usually somewhat misleading.

All Garmin receivers are waterproof and can be submerged 1 m for 30 min. I never heard of a Garmin receiver that was water-damaged (unless you managed to crack the display or housing!). So no worries there.

I own two Garmins and never had any technical problem with either.

Having said all that, 450.00 sounds very much for the 176. Have you checked the prices in the U.S.? Don't forget that you'll need to buy charts in order to get the maximum out of the receiver. If you don't plan spending any extra money on charts than go for a model without chart plotting capabilities. Much cheaper.

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Old 03 October 2001, 00:49   #20
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Go for a cheaper model. The ones with the "Blue chart" cards have much more details, BUT they also show restaurants, taverns and other "forbidden" places.
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