Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

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Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by saintpeter » Apr 21st, '13, 19:57

I am looking for a current model of handheld GPS for plotting LAT/LONG onto paper charts. Needs to be cheap, simple and with big numbers for easy reading. Recently bought a Magellan Explorist 310 for son's land-based use - completely unsuitable for me. What about Garmin. Don't want to do plotters or linking to tablets or such at this stage.
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Re: Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by zebedee » Apr 21st, '13, 21:05

Sadly the Garmin 12 series are no longer available. They were initially expensive sophisticated instruments at a time when all a handheld GPS did was tell you where you were, record tracks, and log and goto waypoints and routes. They did the basic stuff for working with a paper chart very well.

The newer eTrex models, when they arrived, heralded cheap GPS and had stuff like games?!!

Realistically, there are very few, if any, dead basic non mapping GPS units left on the market and you'll probably be driven to buy the cheap GPS with the best large display that you can find, with a bunch of features you don't actually want or need.

If you didn't want a handheld, the Garmin GPS152H would be worth a look.
If you didn't want a current model, a second hand GPS12XL or GPSII+ would probably be ideal, except that the coordinates display isn't particularly large.
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Re: Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by duncanhayward » Apr 21st, '13, 22:59

How about the Garmin GPS 72. Its still being sold, although is not the most current handheld. Bias boating are selling them for $180 here. A copy of the manual is here so you can see if it meets your needs.

I know that you mentioned hand held, but I have seen the GME 450X fixed mount GPS - its simple, easy, has large numbers, and is great if you don't need the chart function. Some details here.
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Re: Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by saintpeter » Apr 21st, '13, 23:07

So how does a Garmin GPSMap78s withg2 chart incl. for $399 sound?

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Re: Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 21st, '13, 23:56

don't you just need a basic gaming etrex.?
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Re: Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by zebedee » Apr 22nd, '13, 00:13

Or, for that matter, an app for a smart phone which displays the required data in a large font across the screen - eg: Saildroid.
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Re: Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 22nd, '13, 09:16

yes. trackbudddy?
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Re: Handheld GPS for LAT/LONG

Post by Cookiesa » Apr 23rd, '13, 21:31

I've had an Etrex for about 4 years, works a treat. i added a 12v cable and a data cable as it supplies the radio with lat/long for DSC etc. It sit's in the cockpit and gives speed plus heading readings (the screens do allow some customisation)

Drawback is small display and not brilliant in sunlight, mine is angled slightly down to counteract this.

Being an older unit the new H(?) series would no doubt be better, often around the $100 on special, unbelievable really.
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