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Need to replace my old GPS

Need advice on a simple unit that is easy to use, while short handed sailing. Mark locations, distance to mark, etc.

What have you had good luck with?

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Well I really  like the Garmin 72 76 78 range. The problem is they keep crapping out on me. 

Just bought my 5th a Garmin in 8 years. A new version the 73 here is hoping for the new model.

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Samsung galaxy tab active with nav program of choice (navionics, sailgrib, etc.).  I have it on me while sailing, almost never refer to boat gps anymore.  Kinda like cutting the land line phone service at my house cuz I have a cell.

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+! on the GPSmap 76. Still many to be found on ebay and for good prices with a little patience. I wouldn't buy with out seeing a pic of the battery compartment. Sometimes they get wet in there and corrode. Or some rube leaves the batteries in unattended for a 5 to 10 years and they leak, worse corrosion. Other than that, easy to use, fairly bulletproof units for under $100. The 76s has an electronic compass and pressure sensor (which Garmin calls a "barometric altimeter") if you want a barometer on board but is otherwise identical.

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Get an ipad (or other good tablet), or short of that a good smart phone.

They have better screens and better processors and better software available (apps) than any handheld garmin - by far.  The r&D and manufacturing scale of tablets and smart phones is way way way higher than handheld gps and it shows.

 

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If you want to have a handheld, gps enabled racing tool... hard to beat iregatta on a water resistant Iphone. Even includes a mark sighting capability that sort of allows you to estimate the distant marks by triangulation. There's a watch app for it as well. Toss in a bit of NMEA --> WIFI compatible instrumentation and you get polars... 

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+1 for iRegatta, easy, efficient and good price/performance ratio if you have any kind of ios platform.

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Garmin 76 if you can find one. The "improved" Garmin 78 is not improved.

The 76 is robust and has long battery life, unlike cell-phone solutions with typically MUCH shorter battery life. Plus you are married to a charger whereas with the GPSmap 76 you just pop in a couple of fresh AAs every 24 hours or so.

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Garmin 76.  When mine crapped out a few years ago I bought a Garmin 78 which is the current version of Garmin's hand-held.  The problem with the Garmin 78 is that I couldn't get it to follow a course properly.  No matter what I tried it would automatically jump to the closest way-point.  I even talked to Garmin about it and they didn't seem to understand why that was a problem.   

If Garmin has updated the 78's software so this isn't an issue any more, please let me know.  My spare 76 gave up the ghost and now I'm down to one unit only.

 

 

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