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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:50 am 
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I was on West Marine's website and I saw this handheld GPS unit on sale for $199 ($150 off) and it comes loaded with the G2 marine maps. This fully functional mini plotter (waterproof to IPX7 standards) would be a great safety addition on your boat if you frequent near shore/ offshore. I have a similar unit that I keep in my emergency box as a backup along with my handheld vhf and PLB. Along with a PLB I thinks it's one of those "must" have items for any who venture beyond the site of land and it's just a plain good deal.. I even have used mine hunting on management areas to mark my vehicle or log my tracks so I don't get lost in the swamps. It lasts forever on just 2 AA batteries.

http://www.westmarine.com/handheld-gps/ ... --11553609


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:09 am 
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Thats a nice little unit. I have the Casio Commando smart phone that is mil spec. I use it as a backup GPS using the Navionics App. I also have the Navionics on my tablet that is in a gumdrop case. I sometime use that by just propping it up on my console. It's pretty nice since it has a 10" screen.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:45 am 
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Plus one for navionics on a smart phone. Best $10 ever.

I should add, you do not need internet or cell tower service to run it. It will download maps for you, and then pinpoint your location on maps using GPS only.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:52 am 
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fmaster360 wrote:
should add, you do not need internet or cell tower service to run it. It will download maps for you, and then pinpoint your location on maps using GPS only.


I always wondered about that.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:00 pm 
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fmaster360 wrote:
Plus one for navionics on a smart phone. Best $10 ever.

I should add, you do not need internet or cell tower service to run it. It will download maps for you, and then pinpoint your location on maps using GPS only.



But you need a internal or external gps.
Depending on the phone, yeah?

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:31 pm 
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pretty much all smart phones have an internal GPS. Now tablets in another thing since I believe not all I-pads had a GPS.

Both my phone and my Samsung 10.1 have internal GPS and work just fine outside of cell service coverage.

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:11 am 
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I don't know of many phones these days, if any, that do not have an internal GPS. The map files are a decent size, but if you use wifi or 4g to download them, it's only about 100mb. As I said, once downloaded, you can be off shore in "airplane mode" which does not use cell service, and you can just use the gps on your phone for navigating in navionics. Likewise, when you run out of cell reception, the program still works just as good. Great backup. Have a charger port on your boat, and you have another gps.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:28 am 
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fmaster360 wrote:
I don't know of many phones these days, if any, that do not have an internal GPS. The map files are a decent size, but if you use wifi or 4g to download them, it's only about 100mb. As I said, once downloaded, you can be off shore in "airplane mode" which does not use cell service, and you can just use the gps on your phone for navigating in navionics. Likewise, when you run out of cell reception, the program still works just as good. Great backup. Have a charger port on your boat, and you have another gps.



Not sure about android phones but my Iphone is good for about 30-45 min max when using the GPS. After that the battery gets low.. really the only downside for using your phone as a backup. I would just make sure you have a charging device available if you go that route and don't forget the waterpoof case or bag. Most cell phones do not tolerate water well.. :753_hammer_hitting_head:

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:26 am 
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i also have the casio commando phone, the next model older of bruce's phone, one thing i noticed on my navionics app is i do have an issue with the maps not showing the navigational maps around Steinhatchee,

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