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Old June 22nd, 2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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I'm looking to get something with a larger screen. I have a hand held in the jeep now but I can't see it unless I pull it off the windshield.

Anyone use a marine type GPS?
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 11:51 AM   #2
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just bought a Garmin 276c I think ti is.

It is supposed to be auto/marine and have basemaps for both. I'll let you know if I ever recieve it and how well it works.
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 01:23 PM   #3
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Ready for action right out of the box, the GPSMAP 478 comes preloaded with US marine detailed maps for the entire US coast, including Alaska and Hawaii. These maps are based on BlueChart g2 technology, so they layer smoothly and are integrated for easy panning, scrolling and zooming.

For serious fishing, pair the 478 with the GSD™ 21 remote sounder, which offers 4,000 watts of power peak-to-peak (500 watts RMS) with a dual-frequency transducer (purchased separately).

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The 478 accepts optional MapSource data cards, so you can add new maps without connecting to your computer. BlueChart g2 data cards let you view real, detailed aerial photos of harbors, marinas and other important marine landmarks and places, right on your chartplotter.
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He doesn't want it for a boat though, he wants it for trail/road use (just wants the big ass screen you get with the Marine ones...and they're water/mud resistant).

As long as it takes an SD card you should be okay with almost any Garmin...but get one with the high sensitivity antenna so it actually works on the trails...and be prepared to pay a couple of hundred bucks extra for the U.S. Streets SD card.

They laughed at me at the Garmin store when I bought and told them I was using it in a handheld...but how the fukc do they think I get back and forth to the trails??
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Old June 26th, 2007, 07:27 AM   #5
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He doesn't want it for a boat though, he wants it for trail/road use (just wants the big ass screen you get with the Marine ones...and they're water/mud resistant).
My Bust!

The 478 and the 276c have the same size screen which works for me. Just having the color, versus the gray scale of my GPS V has done wonders for my ability to tell the differance between a road and a stream.

The 478 is ready to navigate on the roads, with turn by turn directions and voice prompts that take you straight to your destination. The 478 is preloaded with detailed City Navigator maps for all of North America and contains over 6 million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, marinas, attractions and more.
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Got my 276C in the mail yesterday. It is a nice unit! Screen is easy to read, turn by turn directions are good, will probably be better with optional basemaps you can purchase. There are a lot of points of interest, exit by exit points of interest for major highways, all sorts of goodies I have not gotten to yet. Butoverall I already am happy with the purchase. The fact that it has marine and auto makes it even better.
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I have a Lowrance Global Map Baja 480c which has a very large screen. This unit was originally desgined for boats so it can take the weather. I like it but have yet to spend any time to figure out how it all works.
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Thanks for the information guys. Sorry for not being more specific in my first post about it being for the jeep.

Koz, I checked out that Lowrance and that looks like a nice unit, especially for the price. Does it come with maps or do you have to buy the software on top of everything else?
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I have the 478 and it kicks all of the other GPS units I have ever owned in the nuts. Push a button and switch from road to boat. ALL maps pre-loaded. Never be left without the right maps loaded. Great detail, has track storage, comes with multiple mounts for different vehicles including a sand bag style for any vehicle. Has a hard, lock in mount for use in a boat but works great in a Jeep off road.

Bestest there has ever been. Many on here have seen mine and really like it.
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I have the 478 and it kicks all of the other GPS units I have ever owned in the nuts. Push a button and switch from road to boat. ALL maps pre-loaded. Never be left without the right maps loaded. Great detail, has track storage, comes with multiple mounts for different vehicles including a sand bag style for any vehicle. Has a hard, lock in mount for use in a boat but works great in a Jeep off road.

Bestest there has ever been. Many on here have seen mine and really like it.
276c is pretty sinmilar, the mount works great in the boat and it is an excellent unit, pretty easy to read in the sunt etc. very happy with it in thr truck/jeep/boat.
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276c is pretty sinmilar, the mount works great in the boat and it is an excellent unit, pretty easy to read in the sunt etc. very happy with it in thr truck/jeep/boat.
Yea, very much like mine. The 478 has a few extra features like XM radio, XM weather and radar maps and stuff but most people wouldn't need things like that unless you were really going to use them on a big water boat...like I do. I got the 478 so it would pull double duty in the vehicles and the boat.

And it has the sexy brittish chick voice that tells you turn by turn how to get someplace. :tonka:
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Just get a toughbook John.......I love having a 15" screen
even if it's not very convenient


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Yea, very much like mine. The 478 has a few extra features like XM radio, XM weather and radar maps and stuff but most people wouldn't need things like that unless you were really going to use them on a big water boat...like I do. I got the 478 so it would pull double duty in the vehicles and the boat.

And it has the sexy brittish chick voice that tells you turn by turn how to get someplace. :tonka:
Yeah i use mine in both car and boat, but didn't want to spring for the 478. I pretty much use the bare minimum of the features I already have, but I do want to download some charts to help me find channels and marinas better.
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I just picked up a Garmin 378 and this thing rocks
Same as the 478 mentioned earlier but is loaded with inland lakes topo graphical maps. I think the ole Garmin 76S is not going to be getting much use untill hunting season starts.
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Megellan Crossover is what i just bought...Nice size screen and topo and marine along with roads........Plus it's waterproof ! $399.00
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I have the 478 and it kicks all of the other GPS units I have ever owned in the nuts. Push a button and switch from road to boat. ALL maps pre-loaded. Never be left without the right maps loaded. Great detail, has track storage, comes with multiple mounts for different vehicles including a sand bag style for any vehicle. Has a hard, lock in mount for use in a boat but works great in a Jeep off road.

Bestest there has ever been. Many on here have seen mine and really like it.
Does it have the man overboard button? I know I use that on the trails a lot.
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Does it have the man overboard button? I know I use that on the trails a lot.
Sure does.
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