Originally Posted by Ian Alexander
Thanks for the info so far. I've been doing some research on the web (well it beats working) and have found Garmin GPSmap 76CS for £367.57 @ digiwoo.com. Company based in Denmark - has anyone dealt with them or indeed heard any horror stories?
John in California here.
I have a pair of GPSMap76's (not the sensor laden version.)
They work quite well for what I use them for (coastal nearshore, find-the-dive-site kind of stuff.)
I did have a problem with one, which had some water intrusion that caused the display to die; flat rate repair for some amount from Garmin, problem recurred, so they sent me a new unit. Of course, I needed the GPS the weekend after the first dies, so I bought a second one (which is how I ended up with 2.)
Note that I drive a SIB, and the only semi-convenient mounting spot for VHS and GPS is a very wet location. "Normal" boaters would probably never have a problem.
Having seen the color displays, I would much prefer those (daylight readable is a good thing), as well as more memory (even though I have not used any additional charts. Maybe I would if my units had more RAM.)
That said, the new RIB will have a color permanent mount unit, probably either a Garmin 172 or a Lowrance of some type.
Not exactly a horror story, I guess, but, hey: You asked.