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Old 25 July 2013, 05:13   #1
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SIB (and small RIB) users - what GPS electronics do you use and how?

I've always carried a very basic Garmin 72 but it's a pain to keep hold of in the SIB and unlike when I had it mounted on my RIB wired to the main battery it eats up AA's.

Thinking of a move up in terms of a small plotter or something more advanced than the 72 - cluseless as to what is out there these days. Planning to move up to a heavier duty SIB that would have the facility to mount it on a bracket or fixed storage box of some sort (maybe with a small portable 12v sealed battery) but I'd be interested to see what units others use on a small SIB (or RIB)?
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Old 25 July 2013, 06:18   #2
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On my SIB I use my iPhone with Navionics software (and a pebble power pack if the power starts to get low). It works great. However, being a bit anal, I also carry paper charts, garmin 72, pilot book, tide tables and hand held compass for backup.
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Old 25 July 2013, 06:37   #3
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Garmin 276c . Not made any more, but I think is very good. Full color charts etc etc. 10 hrs + on own battery and can be hard wired for power. Also has nmea output for dsc radio etc

Not cheap but do come up second hand.
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Max did your 72 have mapping?
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Not really to speak of I think, I just use it for basic waypoints, speed info etc - they are great little units - I might stick with it if I can find a cheap mount and power cable (anyone? ) - left mine on the Searider...
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Not really to speak of I think, I just use it for basic waypoints, speed info etc - they are great little units - I might stick with it if I can find a cheap mount and power cable (anyone? ) - left mine on the Searider...
I've got a Garmin Montana handheld with the G2 vision chart uk chart. It runs for 12 hours on its internal rechargeable battery or you can run it on AAs. RAM do good mounts. The Montana ain't cheap, you could probably get a cheap plotter for less, but it's portable & we use it for satnav & hiking. It has full UK g2, OS land ranger 50k, Europe wide mapping for satnav+ loads of other maps, its a powerful little beast.
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I use a Garmin fix mounted marine unit with Blue charts in it. Mine is mounted onto a custom built electronics tower.
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Not really to speak of I think, I just use it for basic waypoints, speed info etc - they are great little units - I might stick with it if I can find a cheap mount and power cable (anyone? ) - left mine on the Searider...
What cable do you need? I've got a garmin 7 pin jobbie loafing in the garage.
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I use a Garmin fix mounted marine unit with Blue charts in it. Mine is mounted onto a custom built electronics tower.
FWIW I am all about the sonar function, more than the GPS function. I mark stuff on the GPS all the time, but we are often scouting out new dive sites, and we have so many yet to explore. If just cruising around on the rivers the sonar is nice to have. Of course speed gets used fairly often.
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