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Old 04-16-2002, 10:59 PM
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Looking for a good GPS under $600. Something that is user friendly, can accept down loads from the internet or CD-Rom.
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Most of us on the board, myself included, have Garmin's.
Almost all of their models, even the hand-held units like mine, accept data from external sources. Price depends on features.
Look at various sites such as Boat U.S, Boaters World, West Marine, etc for price and selection.
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Go Garmin...Really easy to use and full of features!
I'd reccomend the GPSMAP 76($349.99) for a handheld, it has a really good basemap(although I hear some of the inland features are a little off) but it can accept a wide array of cd and internet uploads. It's a really nice little chartplotter.

For a moderately-sized fixed mount(perfect for our style boats) check out the GPSMAP 176($499.00). This unit also accepts Garmin's "Bluechart" chips. This is ideal for all kinds of navigation. All the data is NOAA official and accurate.

http://www.boatus-store.com/mc_onlin....asp?IID=39616

http://www.boatus-store.com/mc_onlin....asp?IID=39612
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Bluechart info:

http://www.garmin.com/cartography/bl...BlueChart.html
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I have had good luck with the Garmin 182, accepts blue chart chips and also downloads from the various Garmin CDs. I use it during the summer as a fixed mount in the Velocity, with Blue Charts, and winter months I mount it in the Suburban and load the land maps. I have the model with the Internal antenna and have no problems acquiring signals, including WAAS.

I had a RayMarine 425 but returned it because of accuracy problems even after it was returned to RayMarine for repairs.
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I'm using the Garmin E-map. Easy to use and a nice big screen too. Actually used the thing on our plane trip back from Florida. Pretty cool!
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Thanks for the help. Garmin will be my choice.
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