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Old 25 April 2002, 08:33   #11
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Jools,

I have also bought the Garmin 176 C (color). It's a nice feature to have color's on all the markings out there. But as JWC says it's not an easy task to read the color display outside on the rib. I'm using the backlight all the time, and but the contrast up a bit. This seems to bee working. When I spoke to Garmin, they didn't tell me that this was going to be a problem, they told me that they had tried this many times before and only had problems when the sun was direct on the display (Bull sh..).
I would have return it, if it was not because I orderd mine from the US (I was less than half price), And yes I do have a road map of the US on this, but it dosn't matter, since I'm using the bluechart on it. (I might go to the US some times, and then I could use it for Road navigation)

I think you should have a look at the Garmin 182. I thing Grame has this one. It's the same setup but a bigger screen. And we all want bigger screens (Chart plotter, Computer monitor, Televison.....)

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Old 25 April 2002, 08:51   #12
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Graeme does indeed have the 182.

(I am using his screen name wie he is away- ISDN connection!)

The 182 we chose was the standard one - not colour - actually on the advice of Garmin at the Boat Show, who advised us that the colour display can be unreliable on an open boat.

The 182 has proved excellent, and in our opinion the Blue Chart is even better than the C Map. The unit itself is easy to use, easy to see and works very well.

The 176 would have been or choice had we wanted apotable unit - but the display was too small for a pitching and tossing RIB.

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Old 25 April 2002, 16:45   #13
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Alan,
No problem having a play with the Garmin 176. Is there any more details regarding next weeks cruise?
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Old 25 April 2002, 16:52   #14
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Bit confused - though this is off of the subject - arent you coming to Anglesey next weekend? You seem to suggest meeting up with Alan, who I know isnt coming to Anglesey.

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Old 26 April 2002, 08:04   #15
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Graeme,
My apologies, I informed Jono that my plans had changed. Decided to join the BIBBOA East coast cruise as I have recently become a member. Also the departure slipway is near to my location so less travelling on a Bank Holiday appeals.
Look forward to meeting up again soon.
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Old 26 April 2002, 18:05   #16
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Do you also carry "real" charts as well as the 182?

I was thinking of a 182 for my beast and Garmin tell me that I can use the same cabling that I have installed for my GPS128; just change the mounting bracket.

Anyone want to but a 2yo Garmin GPS 128 with new antenna and power lead (after I've swapped the routes & waypoints)?
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Old 26 April 2002, 18:55   #17
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We hve a full set of Imray charts for all areas where we cruise.

We plan our journeys on the charts at home, note the waypoints then transfer the waypoints to the GPS for the route.

We also carry Scanned and Copied A4 Size charts with Waypoints on reverse in case of GPS failure.

In this way we keep up our chartwork, and get the best of both worlds.
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Brian,

As I now have a chartplotter and a Backup GPS48. I am willing to sell you my Garmin GPS12 for 60 if you want it.
Let me know
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Old 29 April 2002, 01:56   #19
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Garmin GPS Map III,

is a great unit. I 've used it for the past 5 years with none trouble what so ever. Recently I saw at http://garmin.com the new GPS Map V, with new features and updating capability via CD. I don't think that you may add a C map cartrige on this apparatus, so you won't get THE detail but the update feature is a must these days.
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Old 01 May 2002, 08:29   #20
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Reply to Alan who asked me what Chartplotter I am looking at (on another thread - but better placed in this one!!)

Hi Alan

Probably looking at the Garmin GPSMAP 188 Sounder see here

Reasons
Nice big display
Black and White shows up better than colour on an open RIB
Money saved on having seperate GPSMAP and Fishfinder can be used to get bigger display
Takes new "BlueChart" maps - the new standard
I like Garmin!

I'm sure people will have comments on combining the fish finder and GPSMAP - anybody else got this setup?

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