Handheld GPS

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Handheld GPS

Post by Reid » Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:52 pm

Hey everyone,

I am looking into getting a handheld GPS/chartplotter for the FS18 when it is finished. The Garmin GPS units seem to pop up on a lot of those websites that review the "Best for 2020", but then I read some of the reviews on the new Garmins and they are not that stellar. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a handheld GPS/chartplotter.
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by cape man » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:45 pm

I will never buy another Garmin. Their maps are proprietary and Florida takes 3 different maps (if I remember they were $300 a pop). Go with one that uses Navionics and comes preloaded.

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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by Reid » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:46 pm

cape man wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:45 pm
I will never buy another Garmin. Their maps are proprietary and Florida takes 3 different maps (if I remember they were $300 a pop). Go with one that uses Navionics and comes preloaded.

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Thanks Capeman! That was one of the negative reviews that came up a couple of times.

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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by Jaysen » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:34 pm

Didn’t Garmin buy navionics?
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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by OrangeQuest » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:45 pm

I bought a handheld GPS a few years back that was a $500.00 unit that was half off. Very hard to use and the screen is to small for me to see without glasses. Way to hard to use and I may have used it a few times. I bought it because it was waterproof and had a camera but just to hard to use.

I have had 3 Garmin GPS that I have used in my vehicles. I like to one I have now that I can talk to it and it tells me the directions. My 2nd ex was British so it talks to me in a British accent and when I miss a turn it seems to get upset at me from the tone of the voice. It has lifetime updates and traffic alerts that works very good here in Houston. Let's me know that traffic suck miles ahead if I tell it where I am going other wise it waits till traffic comes to a stand still and lets me know that I am in traffic. Reminds me a lot of my ex! :D
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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by Jaysen » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:53 pm

Jaysen wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:34 pm
Didn’t Garmin buy navionics?
No stupid. They bought active captain.
Currently starting a build of "Lil Bit More". A Class Mini 5.80
Class Mini 580 welcome post.
My already completed 'Lil Bit'. A Martens Goosen V12 set up to sail me to the fishing holes.
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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by Reid » Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:13 am

I actually just saw a commercial for Navionics and it is a Garmin company.
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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by Jaysen » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:50 am

Jaysen wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:53 pm
Jaysen wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:34 pm
Didn’t Garmin buy navionics?
No stupid. They bought active captain.
Reid wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:13 am
I actually just saw a commercial for Navionics and it is a Garmin company.
Dang it! The wife is right! I’m wrong even AFTER looking into the facts.
Currently starting a build of "Lil Bit More". A Class Mini 5.80
Class Mini 580 welcome post.
My already completed 'Lil Bit'. A Martens Goosen V12 set up to sail me to the fishing holes.
Jaysen wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:44 pm
I tried to say something but God thought I was wrong and filled my mouth with saltwater. I kept my pie hole shut after that.

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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by cape man » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:20 pm

Perhaps things have changed, but the price of their maps sent me to Hummingbird when the old Garmin gave out. I was just at Bass Pro today, and all the hand held units in the hunting area were Garmin?
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Re: Handheld GPS

Post by Aripeka Angler » Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:56 pm

Reid,
Why not just use your IPhone in a waterproof case?
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