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Old 27 December 2011, 06:02   #11
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No issueswith handheld accuracy (unless you buy a really old one that doesn't do WAAS / EGNOS).

Bit of sticky velcro on the back of the unit & job done!
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Old 27 December 2011, 10:55   #12
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It takes ordinary AA batteries and a pair will last a long day out with lots of looking at the screen (screen times out after a selectable period). I'd far rather this battery arrangement as a couple of spare batteries are easily stored in the pocket. I had looked at upgrading to a similar unit with larger screen but that had a fixed internal rechargeable battery which would have rendered the unit useless once it went flat out on the water.
The Montana has a rechargeable Lion battery which gives about 15hr heavy use. If that goes flat, you can remove it & use ordinary AA batteries (x3) The screen is spot on & displays Bluecharts in all their glory
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Old 27 December 2011, 12:38   #13
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I have an older Garmin 76 CS which is a waterproof, floating, handheld GPS which I had bought use for less than 1/2 the new price. It's features are pretty much the same as the 60 series. I have also used the 60 series which has a far more ergonomic design. The 60 series is also waterproof, but doesn't float, so if you go with it be sure to tether it when boating . If I were to choose between the 2 if at the same price, I would go with the 60 series, because the ergonomic advantage is that significant.

The handheld units work well for their intended primary purpose which is non-motorized travel. With the faster speeds of motorized travel, there definitely is a huge advantage to the larger screens of the fixed units which allow you to see a bigger area of the map while at a given magnification.
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Old 27 December 2011, 16:19   #14
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I carry a Garmin Venturer, in a mobile phone holder clipped to the hand rail. Works a treat but only very basic maps.

Any of this range will work fine though. Big advantage is they are small, lightweight and run all day on 2 rechargeable AAs. LImite don maps but soem versions are better.
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Old 28 December 2011, 03:29   #15
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I'll second Prarie Tuber with the screen size comment.

I was using a Garmin 12 for a while. I generated big waypoint files that mean I can "join the dots" and not hit anything land shaped. It means I can put it in "road mode" and get an "at a glance" view of how far off course I am. Useless for anythng else, but does the job.
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I was using a Garmin 12 for a while. I generated big waypoint files that mean I can "join the dots" and not hit anything land shaped. It means I can put it in "road mode" and get an "at a glance" view of how far off course I am. Useless for anythng else, but does the job.
I've still got one of these; they're not bad for what they are.
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Thanks for your comments folks.

Best wishes and happy boating for 2012, and Happy Hogmany!
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