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Looking for a GPS for our boat - there are many, many available and most come complete with a large price tag.  I just want a simple one which tells me what I want to know in a nice obvious fashion (like speed in large obvious numbers).

I know lots of members use them and was wondering what types (make & model) people have and where they got them from?

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Hi Simon,

Richard will have to introduce 'stickies' soon, the topic of GPS comes up so often Smile

Your selection criteria is exactly the same as mine, cheap, but with large clear letters. The size of the display font is never very apparent when enquiring about the various models and makes, and yet it's crucial for most users who otherwise may have to put on their glasses. Tinhat !

I have two, my best being a Garmin 'Etrex Legend', one of the pre-colour display models. As you can see from the photo, the 'Navigation Screen' can be set to large numbers, which can be seen clearly from 3 feet away. (The GPS is the one just underneath my glasses, showing 1.71 miles trip, 4.4 mph speed, 5mph average, and a 20.23 min journey time.)

Now that the colour models are more in favour, these old monochrome sets can be bought new for much reduced prices. There are several adverts for 'buy it now' on eBay for £85 plus postage. ( http://search.ebay.co.uk/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.co.uk%2Fws%2F&fkr=1&from=R8&satitle=etrex+legend&category0= )

There is no 'fitting' reuqired in the boat, I just switch it on, and clip it to the rail next to my cellphone....


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Hi Simon,

I agree with Paul, in fact so much so that I run the same GPS and coincidently the same Navman Fish Finder (Depth Sounder..) that I can see in his picture as well, how spooky is that, it must be good !!!

I got the GPS for a good price off of E-Bay, it was about £70 if my memory serves me correctly.

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Derek Cool Indifference

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As you have said Simon, decide the purpose and then go from there. Don't be fooled by the glorious technicolour adverts for all singing and dancing version that you will never use the features of.
I have a Garmin GPS12. Its very basic but does exactly what I want it to do. I paid just £50 for it. I also use it for the mysterious sport of Geocaching and it outperforms much more expensive models. It is still available new and is a real chunky and robust affair that will take a lot of "heavy handling" without a problem and is waterproof. Just what you need on a boat!
Have a peek at this link to see what it does....

http://www.garmin.com/products/gps12/

As has been suggested, a good source is Ebay. If you want to buy new with a good service backup, consider using this seller. Had nothing but impressive service from them.

http://www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk/?PHPSESSID=42beefa0e4d9cfdcc9d85c637554fb0d

Trevor

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PS  Just found this and although it is in the USA, they ship worldwide. Looks like it could go for a good price!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Garmin-GPS12-Hand-Held-Marine-GPS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ38631QQitemZ4646917131QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD2V

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Thanks for the replies.  I had a feeling Garmin was a name which had come up before.  I'll check out the links for those items.

That Navman thing looks like a toy a geek could really get his teeth into.  What does it do, apart from make the console of your boat look a bit more flash?

Simon

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Hi Simon,

What are boat consoles for except to look flash ?  Smile

I's a fishfinder, speed log, temperature and fuel usage computer thingumy. The fishfinder is not much use for spotting fish shoals at Broads depths, but it does give a fascinating readout of the changing river depths. The speedo is not as accurate as the GPS  (irrespective of current), but the fuel consumption is useful with sea-going high power outboards, where small throttle changes can change the mpg drastically.



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Know any broads shops which sell the Garmin GPS systems as I'd like to get a closer look before making any decisions?

As for the Navman - sounds great.... but also sounds like it involves making holes in the hull to fit.  Scared

Simon

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Simon,

Let me know when you are up here by PM, you'd be welcome to take a look at my Garmin, GPS ll plus . Works fine for me and has done for quite a few years now!

Most of the shops round here are way over priced, but Norfolk Marine in Wroxham has a selection on display.

Try to get a deal that is inclusive of a PC data/power cable that way you can download your trips and make a 'ships log' as well as powering it from a 12volt power source ie. a cigarette lighter socket on the boat, saves on batteries.

By the way my Navman on 'Joshua', when we had him, had a transom mounted sensor, the cable ran up the transom and then into the boat, no holes through the hull. I was very useful at times to see the depth of water, or lack of it Scared , under him.

Kind regards, John.

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Yes Simon, as John has said, the Navman and most other fishfinders have a transom mount transducer to carry the speed log paddle wheel, which does not require any through holes in the hull. It also means that they are not really meant for shaft drive boats, as the prop should be behind them, as with outboard and outdrive boats.

( and yes Derek, quite a coincidence having the same GPS & Fishfinder !)  Smile

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