I am just getting into kayaking and want to buy a GPS but am not sure what I need. All I want to do is be able to turn on and not get lost in the mangroves or bays of FL.
I was looking at the Garmin 78 and I noticed you can buy something called BlueChart g2. What does that mean? Does the base model not have mapping software already installed on it?
I have tried to find a youtube review of the difference with no luck.
Anyone have some good insight?
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Maps and charts|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-20-13 3:05 PM (EST)
These are not the same. A marine chart will have things like water depth and navigation markers - buoys, lighthouses etc. On the ocean these are obviously terribly important. In mangrove swamps in Florida - I don't know. You really need to look at the data you get with each.
Maps are Extra|
Posted by: ShadyClip on Mar-20-13 3:36 PM (EST)
You need the Blue Chart....|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-20-13 3:49 PM (EST)
if you are going to be out on the Florida coast.
Topo, Blue Chart and BirdsEye|
Posted by: gstamer on Mar-20-13 4:09 PM (EST)
smart phone options|
Posted by: nickjc on Mar-20-13 4:16 PM (EST)
if you have a smart phone check out the nautical chart/gps options for your phone. most chart apps are 10-$20. way cheaper than a gps and garmin chart pack. A waterproof case will run about $80 for a phone.
Learn without GPS first-|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-20-13 8:02 PM (EST)
- or you'll be in a world of hurt when it fails,
Don't rely solely on GPS!|
Posted by: wyosam on Mar-20-13 8:35 PM (EST)
Learning without a GPS is key. Relying solely on electronics for navigation sounds a lot like being hopelessly lost to me. That means maps/charts and compass.
Posted by: Dgremlin on Mar-20-13 8:09 PM (EST)
If you live near an REI store they have a GPS course that explains the basic concept and what different features do. They will be able to tell you which model would be best for your needs.
You might consider a Delorme....|
Posted by: tjalmy on Mar-20-13 8:23 PM (EST)
I'm sure Garmin is very fine, but take a look at Delorme PN series and the software it includes at no additional cost.
Physical maps question|
Posted by: jonpfl on Mar-21-13 10:15 AM (EST)
Ok, where do I buy physical maps from?
Marine shops |
Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-21-13 11:17 AM (EST)