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Old 03 December 2003, 16:57   #151
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Hi Ian

will the garmin only show text on the screen?
Do you have to read a bearign off it and steer by a magnetic compass or is it more advanced than that?
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Old 03 December 2003, 17:03   #152
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I didn't have a magnetic compass on the last rib and managed to use the graphics on the Garmin. You have a couple of options on the screen including compass bearing and directional arrow.
Also can store loads of waypoints and routes and I found it a greta tool to have onboard.
I have ordered a magnetic for the new rib just incase electrics go down.

Are you off to the LBS? If so have a lookk on the stands as there will no doubt be demo's and you'll have plenty of time to specify what you want before the unit needs fitting on your console.
Or Jason may have one to show you already installed on a rib this weekend.
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I think i might end up with a 126 too.
They certainly sound good. I was originally lookign at plotters like the garmin 176 but the blue chart chips are £300 each...and they are very expensive unless bought in America. And if u buy from america it has the american basemap.

Ill listen to what Jason has to say on saturday. Did he sugest the 126 to you or did you already know thats what you wanted?
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Oh, and yes probably will be at LBS
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I spec'd the 126 as I'd had the 128 and the twig broke so as I'd been delighted with the unit I stayed with Garmin. The 126 is a neat little package and isn't ott on cost.
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Simmo, you can download a copy of the Garmin 126 manual here: http://www.garmin.com/manuals/82_OwnersManual.pdf so you can read up on all the features and get a description of the way it works. Page 6 gives you a pretty good overview of the stuff it does.

I wish I could get an instruction manual for my MLR FX312 as easily.
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Nice one Richard, thanks.
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You all seem to be getting or have garman gps.
I have ordered a Plastimo 5500i are these just as good?
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Thought I'd post this Mail, Icom sent me in response to an enquiry I sent them

"unfortunately the IC-M402 does not meet UK or European approval standards so it is not available anywhere other the in the USA. It has the wrong class of DSC (class E instead of the required class D) and also does not contain all of the standard UK operating channels. The reason for this is that 95% of leisure craft in the Us do not leave their territorial waters and as such do not need to meet the international specifications."

The IC-M601 is the only VHF/DSC combined radio that we have available in the UK.

Kind Regards,

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We all know that American channels differ from that in Europe, but it seems to indicate that the DSC function is different as well!

It's about time we were offered the same standard of equipment that our American "friends" enjoy at a similar price!!!

Next time I'm off to the States I'm going to get a HUMMINBIRD NS25 GPS Chartplotter, Fishfinder Depth sounder from Wal-Martís and try to join the revolution.

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Steve, in my opinion the Navman your gettign is betther than any of the Garmin units we have discussed on this thread. I would much rather have a colour plotter than a simple GPS but really cant afford one at the moment.
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