GPS ?

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by jerm, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. jerm

    jerm Well-Known Member

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    I am moving to Slidell, LA. I was wondering what would be a great GPS for up there in the marshes that I wont an external antenna ( or do I have to have one?). I dont want to spend more then around $600 on one for budget reasons. Any one have any suggestions?
     
  2. fsae99

    fsae99 I Love microskiff.com!

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    I highly doubt that there is one gps/FF that is better for an area over another. If you do not want Side imaging then I would look at Lowrance Elite 7 series, seems like a lot for the money and includes internal gps.

    External gps antennas do provide superior performance compared to internal. I know the are a hassle to mount and wire but depending on the use it may be required to get the performance needed.
     

  3. jerm

    jerm Well-Known Member

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    What are some opinion on the best GPS to choose from.
     
  4. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    Here is what I would do.

    I would get a FF with built in GPS and because of where you will be fishing and the fact you can be out there fo a week without seeing another boat I would get a cheap etrex as a backup and preload and save the ramps in it just in case something breaks.
     
  5. Kane_Thorp

    Kane_Thorp I Love catching reds!!

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  6. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    I agree with Ducknut if you are spending a lot of time out there or traveling a far distance. Having a backup is a good idea, and I love my Etrex, but look forward to having a FF/GPS combo on my next boat.

    Just a thought on back ups though, while I'm not a fan of using cell phones or tablet computers for navigation cause the battery dies very fast, they can be used in a bind for quick general headings if they are GPS enabled.
     
  7. fishnut

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    I second the 541s. Excellent unit, very accurate and acquires satellites incredibly fast compared to some Lowarnce units I once used. I supplement with paper charts and two compasses on board. I've had "Murphy" accompany me on a few trips. ;)
     
  8. jerm

    jerm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the input everyone!