Thread: GPS on HO
08-13-2008, 03:48 PM #1
GPS on HO
I wanna get a GPS for my HO.
Which is the best and what is the best way to have mounted??
I have tried searching and too many different opinions. I wanna know what work best on the HO. I need something that will chart ICW markers, trip meter, 12+ hour rechargeable life, be able to handle rough salt water, etc. Not sure if any GPS models display gas docks but that would be a plus.
I need from Maryland to Block Island.
08-13-2008, 04:15 PM #2
Take a hard look at the GPSMAP 440sx, it is hard mounted and hard wired, but it is incredible. Sonar, weather radar, GPS, tide info, etc.
Check it out here. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=148&pID=8055
You can buy it here. But I would look for cheaper. http://www.preferredphoto.com/viewpr...9245&l=Froogle
I picked up the GPSMAP 430sx @ www.overstock.com for $479.99
It is awesome. The only drawback is no internal battery.
08-13-2008, 04:30 PM #3
Thast nice but I'd rather not hard mount.
08-13-2008, 05:42 PM #4
I use the Garmin 76CSX and love it. It ran me around $300 a year ago. The marine maps(loaded to micro SD cards) are not included and can get a bit pricey since they are sold by region, but they are very detailed and contain marinas and other points of interest. Since it comes with computer software, it is fairly simple to map out waypoints and upload them to the GPS. It works well on the road too. It took me all over Europe this summer. I attached it to my glovebox lid with the garmin marine mount. I have seen guys mount it up by the guage cluster, but I felt it wouldn't be as easy to use while underway. I liked the Garmin mount since only the base is screwed into the glovebox lid and the rest is easily removed. It does shake a little above 35mph, but it's still readable.
If you want to check out some other mounts:
08-13-2008, 05:56 PM #5
you cant beat the Garmin forerunner 201. It has a strap that you can put around anything. It also has just what you need and nothing else. Really cheap too!
08-13-2008, 06:26 PM #6
Any feedback on the portable gps with builtin radio?
08-14-2008, 10:00 AM #7
The other one I was looking at is the Garmin Colorado:
It is higher than some, but it has the maps you need preinstalled.
I am sure you can find it for less than MSRP.
08-14-2008, 11:52 AM #8
Those do look cool. Pre-loaded charts is a big plus and it has a bigger screen and uses the newer G2 charts. I better stop looking before I buy one too. If you do go with a Garmin, shoot me an email and I can show you where to find free US and European road maps (NT City Navigator) with a keygen.
08-15-2008, 05:35 PM #9
I went to Best Buy and Walmart today. Walmart had a better selection but neither had one with built in radio (cb/vhf).
They actually may have but the associates had no idea and the box label made no mention.
08-15-2008, 09:12 PM #10
Undoubtably your best price will be off of the web. Even with shipping it will be much less.
Just choose a model, and google seach it.
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