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SwimJim

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Currently I use a handheld GPS to find wreck sites. It works okay I guess as I almost always find what I'm looking for. However I am considering upgrading this winter. I thought I would ask you guys for your recomendations.
Who makes the best unit? Is WAAS really worth it? I also can't spend a fortune. (can't sneek that one past the wife). So I'm looking for something for under a thousand.
Thanks in advance for your input.:confused:
 

Aquamaniac

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Furuno is my choise, i have tried Lowrance, Magellan and Apelco (raytheon)
The Furuno was fitted early last year, and is Head and shoulders above the others. Its a very proffessional unit.
It was worth EVERY cent, in fact the savings in gas will pay for it within 2 years. Especially on long haul trips out wide.
I Have the GP31 and have it connected to the LS6100 sounder (fish finder). I am in love with the package. It was pretty cheap too, my next upgrade will be to Color screen and Radar interface, all Furuno again.

www.furuno.com

dave
 

rmediver2002

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I have been using a Garmin handheld plotter (nitrogen sealed water proof unit) $389 for about three years now (since they dropped selective availability) I do not run differential but the addition would be another $299 for the reciever and then I have a docking port on the boat so it runs off the boat power system $40

The detailed chart for my area was an additional $100 and is upgradeable for three years...

I am a big fan of the plotters, and enjoy the portability of the unit for use at work or on other boats...

Let us know what you find...

Jeff Lane
 

Aquamaniac

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Further to my last post.

I dont feel WAAS (< 3mts accurate) is necessary for wreck finding. DGPS (3-5 mts accurate) is more than good enough, and I dont even use that.
What I find is that I can put my boat over the wreck using a combination of GPS and sounding techniques to within a few feet. By the time I set the pick, and lay the rope out, depending on tides/drift/wind etc, I can still be 20-50 feet off the mark (at best).
WAAS would not help me get any closer, hence I cant justify the cost.
Added to that, Im not sure of the range of WAAS when it comes to offshore, I believe it is a system designed for inland, specifically airport approaches.

Dave
 

Stone

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We live in Valparaiso, FL and dive out of Destin,
I'm glad to hear Aquamaniac recommend the Furuno. I also have the GP-31 and matched fishfinder (the model escapes me). I have not used any other GPS units so I can't compare, but the Furuno has never let me down. I bought the power/interface cable as well so I can maintain my GPS numbers on the computer(you have to solder on your own com port connector and provide a 12V power source).
 

Aquamaniac

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Stone,
That would be my only complaint, I wish they sold a pre made lead, rather than the DIY method. It wasnt hard, and took about 10 mins. I used an epoxy filled heatshrink, But Id rather a moulded lead.
I still love it though. (when I get to use it :( )

Dave
 
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