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Old 28 August 2001, 22:58   #1
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Hand held gps?

I've just had a look in the 'Compass' catalogue at the hand held gps. They range from Under £100.00 to £several hundred. Any one have any comments about such devices or any websites where I can get some information. How good are they?

Sorry to be asking so many questions but as I am new to boating I haven't yet got the experience to offer advice to anyone. Still give it a few years and I might be the one answering someone else's questions!

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Old 29 August 2001, 01:09   #2
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Handheld gps

Try the http://www.garmin.com and you 'll find some interesting and not expensive models. Personally I currently use the Garmin GPS III, which among other features has got a plotter too. A world map is included as well as a civil map of Europe too (that is if you buy it in Europe). You can use it on batteries or on 12V supply (in your car or boat). The only disadvantage I have found so far (after 3 years of use) is the small size of the screen. But you can't have it all, can you ?
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Old 29 August 2001, 03:23   #3
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I had some useful advice if you look up "Hand Held GPS" posted April this year.

I now have a Garmin 12 backup that I find fully meets my needs, was reasonably priced and easy to use.
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You can see the earlier thread here

I still reckon the Garmin 12 is the best low cost GPS. Have a look at www.on-line-marine.com -- their prices and service are pretty good (they even have real people you can talk too as well!)

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Old 29 August 2001, 04:42   #5
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Well, you've come up trumps again! Thanks.

I've checked out the earlier thread and the websites. A GARMIN 12 it is for me. It will basically be used as a standby but it sounds fun anyway!

Rannsachair: I'm right with you on your profile except I'd go for SIBs not RIBS.

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I have a Garmin 12 XL and I have nothing but good to say about it. I have used it in the boat, car and even in the helicopter. Works very well and gives all the info I need.

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I have just started using one of the Garmin GPSMAP 176's

Its small enough to be hand held with internal batteries but will run full Bluechart mapping (when it arrives).

I am currently using it in its road map mode, which upto date is very good and have a blue chart on order. Will keep you advised on the outcome but upto now it is looking very good being small enough for rib consoles (Ribcraft 4.8) but big enough to read and use.

Cost around £600.
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Well Kieth, I'm not sure if you've splashed () out on the 12 yet but here I my thoughts!

I wanted a GPS that could obviosly give a LAT and LONG if I got into trouble and had to report my location, however like you I stick close to the coast and don't need it for course planning in the middle of the open sea!

So I thought I would plump for a Garmin Map III +. I think this is esentialy a 12, but with a slightly better screen - and the real benifit is the built in Maps - and they are amazing (for land use)

Basicly if you by a Europe model it has basic road maps for the whole of Europe. When I say basic they are still very good with Motorways, A roads and lots of smaller roads. It also has railways, services etc stored too.

I find these maps good enough to navigate by (I've used it in France, Ireland and Gran Caneria!). I'm currently in Cork on Buisness. I have hired a car so once I found the office I added a "waypoint" and again added another "waypoint" at the hotel. These are then clearly marked on the map.

As you drive arround the map moves with your position being a triangle in the center of the map. The clever bit is the triangle points the direction that you are going, so if you are going north it points up, south - down etc. So its easy to see where you are and which way you need to turn to find your way back to the hotel.

You can also by a CD which contains A-Z level detail of every road and road name (yes, every road) You can then connect your GPS to your laptop and download detailed area maps of particular areas. Again I used to use this when I was visiting Customers and funnily enough I never got lost!

Anyway the GPS III is a couple of years old and the latest Garmin Handheld edition is the GPS 76 and GPSMAP76. One of my friends has recently bought a MAP76 - one of the benifits over the III+ is that it comes preloaded with navigation aids (bouys, lights etc.)

I know people with a "standard" GPS and when they see my "MAP" version they wish they had one because it is much more useful off the water as well as on!

Have a look at www.garmin.com

It also works well on a plane - if your sat next to the window - to see where your flying over - not much use without the map function.

Loads of information on GPS on the web - just stick GPS in any search engine

www.trimble.com/gps/index.html gives a very good explination of how it all works!

Enjoy!
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Wow, thanks Jools. The tutorial is really interesting and it explains everything very simply (even for me).

Is the unit you are speaking about the same as this one?:

http://www.gpsinformation.net/waas/g76/g-76-map.html

It looks very good but it is 3x the cost of the Garmin12. Do you think it is worth the price difference? Remember I have to persuade the Boss that we have do go without food for 3 weeks so I can buy this (just 1 week with no food if I have the Garmin 12). Of course a couple of weeks without food might reduce my bulk a little and she has been trying to get me to do that for a while!

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Yes that looks like the one.

The screens look very simular to the 3+ but with a bit more detail (and the nav points)

How much is it? (In real money) - I've just found these prices

Garmin 12 - approx £119
Garmin 3+ - approx £299
Garmin Map76 ???


The air was a bit blue when I brought mine home!! but I think the map feature is definately worth it! especialy if you will use it travelling on land as well. It makes it a truley "usefull gadget"!

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