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    Handheld GPS unit needed. What do you have do you like it?-gctid374679

    I need to buy a gps hand held for navigating on the Hudson river at night. What would you reccommend for $350.00? Thanks Joe

    #2
    Have you considered using your phone? See look, I just saved you $350.

    I have navonics on my Razr and it works great. Ok, I saved you like $341.00

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      #3
      Lowrance iFinder Hunt. It worked just great,

      ONCE!

      It now won't work when a nav chip is inserted and CANNOT be fixed.

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        #4
        FlyToMap All in One GPS iPhone App $9.99

        Even if you need to buy the iPhone tou're still just a little over $200.00

        There are other app too, this one popped up first.

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          #5
          I got a flip phone old school don't need apps don't need extras.

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            #6
            Im with Joe on this one, I have an old flip phone. Im looking for a handheld GPS I can take boating and hunting. People are crazy buying all these fancy phones. Im interested in what other have for GPS in their boat.

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              #7
              It depends on what you want it to do. My Garmin 76CS does everything my chartplotter does. Under $300 without altimeter.

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                #8
                Yeah, more than $350, but I'd go for an I-pad. If you already have one, then Navionics app. If not, why not? So many uses...
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                  #9
                  I'm sporting a Garmin GPS map 76, picked it up when BW went out of business for $75. The only draw back is night use, can't figure out how to permanently turn the back light on.

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                    #10
                    If you really want a pure handheld GPS, I agree with the others who suggest Garmin GPSMAP76, or 76CS or 76CSx. They are the last of the non-touchscreen versions. They are reliable and accurate. The screen is big enough. They go for ages on AA batteries and have a power cord too, and interface with both PC and Macs.

                    The GPS antenna on the early ones is great outdoors. The later ones are so good they will work inside some buildings.

                    I have a 76CS and a 76CSx. The CS is fine; I bought the CSx because it accepts micro SD cards so no more downloading of maps and charts. I can plug in a topo map for ATVing, and swap it for Blue Charts to go in the boat, or swap it again for road maps.

                    Note that the 76 line has been discontinued - so you'll find great prices on them - but it still supported by Gramin and because it's so popular I think they'll support it for a while.

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                      #11
                      An android tablet looks cool with the navionics, but does it have a real gps built in or does it use cell towers somehow for location?

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                        #12
                        I have a Garmin GPS12 that I bought in 1998, and it's still going strong. A few can be found on eBay for less than 100 bucks.

                        They are super easy to use, mainly because they lack all of the bells and whistles of today's GPS units. Entering waypoints is simple and intuitive, and navigating to those waypoints even easier. NOTE that they don't have a built in map, which I have never found to be a problem. I just enter my waypoints at home, or mark them on the fly with the press of the "MARK" button, then navigate between those waypoints. It leaves a "trail of breadcrumbs" track, so you can follow that on the way back home.

                        If you really want actual built in chart capability, the GPS76 above is a great choice.
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                          #13
                          I need to buy a gps hand held for navigating on the Hudson river at night. What would you reccommend for $350.00?
                          iPhone, $200

                          An iPad 2 with GPS can also be found for around $350-400, and makes a killer large-screen plotter.

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                            #14
                            I also recommend the 76 CSx. The "X" means extra high sensitivity. WWorks insid my house.

                            The 76 does not come with software. You can buy the mapping software and write it to a 2 gig micro-SD ram. Then, buy a second micro SD and get the garmin "north amerian city navigator"

                            With this you can ask it where the nearest restaurant is, or the nearest pizza delivery company.

                            I have these in mine along with the appropriate marine charts as a backup to my installoed unit.

                            I think that Garmin makes a handheld marine-only unit.However, I have not used it and don't know much about it.
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                              #15
                              erichz71 wrote:
                              Im with Joe on this one, I have an old flip phone. Im looking for a handheld GPS I can take boating and hunting. People are crazy buying all these fancy phones. Im interested in what other have for GPS in their boat.
                              Nothing like insulting half the people on the forum.

                              I have a smartphone and find it very useful. In fact my smartphone has a GPS so I wonder what is crazy here, buying multiple devices for every function I need or buying one device that handles ALL the functions I need.

                              I have a built-in GPS and for night travel I would get a bracket for a "hand-held" device because you're likely to need your hands in the event you need to manuever quickly.

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