|12-31-2001 02:09 PM|
I use a Garmin GPS III+, waterproof to .5 meters, yet I put in a dry bag (just to be safe, and so that it will float if it falls overboard) clipped to my gear lines on my deck. I paddle an eighteen-foot, seven-inch long sea kayak that I made last summer and this allows me to navigate easily. I have never used it at night, but I have paddled across the Potomac (it was about four miles because I did not go straight across) and I was able to just paddle and look at the GPS, and it took me right where I wanted to go. I can either retrace my steps or go straight home, and I find that helpful. Also, there are programs you can download like GPSTrackMaker (a free download) with which you can download tracks and waypoints onto your computer and modify or save them.
In short, the GPS is expensive, but has been worth it for me.
|12-18-2001 06:00 AM|
|artb||Striblue, Thanks for the info on Garmin, The site was up this morning, now I have got to upgrade my 12XL, It is four years old, no problems except I would like it upgraded to the latest firmware. Again thanks.|
|12-18-2001 04:47 AM|
|FishHawk||I am getting the Ritchie Kayaker compass with the bunge cord mounting plate as a starter in case my GPS fails. I haven't gotten the GPS yet but will probably get the Garmin. FishHawk|
|12-17-2001 04:13 PM|
|striblue||Art.. I think the Garmin site is up today.. I just got into it to check to see if there were anymore upgrades to the etrex legend I have. Also, rather than sending your unit in you may be able to buy an interface connection cable. I noticed that your unit does have several downloads and It may be cable compatable.|
|12-17-2001 05:46 AM|
|artb||The garmin site is still down, maybe they shut it down. I have done a search, and all I get is sites that are trying to sell GPS's. I don't have the interface to down load an upgrade for my 12XL, so I thought that right after the first of the year would be a good time to send it back to be upgraded. It has been a great piece of equipment for all my outdoor activities . I also have about 120 waypoints listed. One can't go wrong with Garmin.|
|12-16-2001 10:48 AM|
Here's that page I was talking about for the Etrex.
JA Air Center Etrex's
Art, that's definitely the page. It may have been down when you went to it. The Etrex you saw is the base model. I feel for the money, having the mapping features are worth it. The Legend has extensive mapping capabilities out of the box an is $205 at the above store.
|12-16-2001 10:06 AM|
|striblue||Art.. I am pretty sure that's the web addess.. but I tried it this morning and got a no response . I will try it later or check my mterials to make sure that is the site. I also seem to remember that they had upgrades for all units that allowed for computer connections.|
|12-16-2001 06:31 AM|
|artb||I am a little slow in getting back on track. First I have a Garmin 12XL, which I have had for about 4 years, works great, but I probably should send it away for an upgrade. It still gets me where I want to go, and never has failed me. The only problem I have is finding the Garmin website, I tried garmin.com get not available. Insearching I came up with the gpsworldsupply.com which has the garmin etrex for $115. This unit, according to the literature is waterproof, and is a 12 satellite receiver, and is a very small unit. If I was going to buy I would look at it. I don't believe you can beat garmin. I have had three other manufacturers which I quickly got rid of for one reason, didn't work under a heavy canopy. With a GPS one can return to just about any place time after time. If you have one you might try geocaching in your state, might be a family thing to do when you are not fishing. The site is geocaching.com, there is even a cach on Napatree. A GPS is a good idea for the Outdoors person.|
|12-14-2001 09:50 PM|
I am not sure of exact dimensions, but its about 7" by 11" square. I would saw one about 50 to 100 thousands of an inch diameter would be good. I'll measure one exactly if you think this is doable. I can send some boxes your way as well.
|12-14-2001 06:55 PM|
|12-14-2001 01:39 PM|
That would be great. I was looking at the US waterways lights and bouys on as well. The fishing doesn't look so hot, you are correct. Maybe I can borrow it at the next get together.
|12-14-2001 12:53 PM|
|striblue||Nick. I have the "Roads and Recreation" CD and will glad to share... I did not think the fishing one was worth it.|
|12-14-2001 12:19 PM|
I already updated it thanks to your heads up on the other board. Got some neat new features from the update which was nice. I want to get either the fishing spots or the detailed road maps software, I just can't seem to justify the purchase right now. Maybe if Jim, you, and I got together, we could get a discount somehow I do have a cd burner...
|12-14-2001 10:16 AM|
|striblue||Nick.. the Garmin etrex which I think you must have bought is also water proof to a dregree. I am not sure.. but I think it can handle submersion for an hour. It still does not do away with the waterproof case but it helps. Don't forget to update your software on the Garmin website..It's a free download and I have done it three times now since the summer to take advantage of the updating. When I bought mine... brand new... I still needed to update the software.|
|12-14-2001 07:33 AM|
Thanks, for the link. They look pretty sturdy, but I already opted for a new gadget. After seeing Striblue's GPS this summer, it was a "must have". I picked one up on ebay for 200. I love it already, even if it has only navigated me to work and back. Whoppee! I highly recommed it. Awesome off the shelf features with no extra software.
As far as waterproof containers, I'm looking for an 0-ring that will fit those plastic boxes that I have tons of lying around my office and home. If I can find it, they will become even more useful in my kayak.
I'll give the GPS a real workout when I get to Eleuthera in a week!
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