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Marine GPS units are a necessity rather than a convenience when going on voyages or out to the sea. The handheld marine units typically are used when using it in smaller water bodies. They complement the existing built-in navigational units and provide added accuracy in mapping routes.

Most noticeable products are the handheld marine GPS from Garmin, Magellan. They are similar to the ones found in automobiles while being water proof. Fish finder, chart plotters, arrival alarms, battery alarms, collision alarms, man overboard alarms are some of the features which form the basic essentials of any of the best handheld marine GPS units.

Compared to the fixed GPS, the handheld marine devices are lighter with smaller screen sizes. This restricts their chart displaying/mapping capabilities to some extent. Being IPX rated means they are also waterproof and water resistant. These can even double up for land navigational use providing accurate directions and routes.

The handheld marine GPS should have the best receivers with 12 channels in place as getting lost out at sea is not an option. When buying a device it is recommended to opt for ones with radio transmission facility for use in case of emergencies. Models which are WAAS enabled and have built-in antennas are adequate but external antennas are better for clearer reception of signals. As with all other GPS units, tough designs to without stand outer environment, screens for displaying in both day/night conditions should be top priority when selecting a handheld marine GPS. All these combine to make your water bound experience safe and enjoyable.

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Garmin Oregon 400

Garmin Colorado 400c Handheld GPS Receiver


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Garmin Oregon 400
Garmin eTrex H
Garmin GPSMAP 60
Garmin GPSMAP 6212
Garmin GPS 17X
Garmin Colorado 400c Handheld GPS Receiver
Garmin Usa 010-00631-10 Etrex H Portable Navigator
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS GPS Receiver
Garmin GPSMAP 6212 GPS Receiver
Garmin GPS 17X GPS
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Release Date
Jul 2008
Jul 2001
Nov 2005
Mar 2010
Aug 2009
Designation
Marine
Marine
Marine
Automobile, Marine
Marine
Form Factor
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Map capabilities
Internal
Internal, Download maps
Map cartridges / Data cards
Download maps
Receiver type
12 Channels
12 Channels
12 Channels
Enhanced accuracy
WAAS enabled
WAAS enabled
WAAS enabled
WAAS enabled
WAAS enabled
Input Method
Keypad
Keypad
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Screen Size
1.53 inch
2.4 inch
2.7 inch
User interface
Touch Screen
Keypad
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
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    - The Oregon feels rugged and well made.
    - Oregon's Tracback function makes it easy to retrace the path you have taken, providing a large green button on the Current Track screen, shown above.
    - The touchscreen is responsive, and works well even when wearing light to medium thickness gloves.
    - A newly designed battery cover is easier to remove and replace than previous models, and the waterproof case doesn't scratch or pickup fingerprints easily.
    - Oregon is compatible with Whereigo gameplay.

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    - Geocaching is even easier with the Oregon, which quickly downloads online information for every cache, such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don't have to tote printouts with you.
    - The Oregon's vibrant screen is responsive to the touch of your finger, yet resistant to the forces of nature," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales.

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    - The transflective color TFT display is difficult to read in most lighting conditions.
    - It can be handy to view the compass while you are stopped to take a break, but keep in mind that the electronic compass in the Garmin Oregon does require you to hold the GPS level to get an accurate reading.


  • - We tested the software and were able to search for points of interest by name or proximity to our location, including hotels, restaurants, landmarks, and other attractions, as well as locate intersections and street addresses.

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    - The eTrex Summit can store up to 500 waypoints, including 29 different icons to mark coordinates, so handheld navigation is a snap.


  • - This unit is lightweight, weighing in at 5.4 oz.
    - The Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX is a 12-channel, handheld global positioning device.
    - Compared to other portable GPS receivers on the market, it is expensive at around $370.
    - Serial computer interface makes it possible to add new programs and maps as well as store previous trips and data.
    - Has an external antenna which is preferable for situations where open sky is limited.
    - This unit is able to store up to 1000 waypoints.

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    - The user interface adopts a Palm-esque icon set that's easy on the eyes and easy to use.
    - The 60Cx's construction is so tough, a Lewis or a Clark couldn't help but love it.


Top 5 handheld marine gps:

  1. Garmin Colorado 400c Handheld GPS Receiver
  2. Garmin Usa 010-00631-10 Etrex H Portable Navigator
  3. Garmin GPSMAP 60CS GPS Receiver
  4. Garmin GPSMAP 6212 GPS Receiver
  5. Garmin GPS 17X GPS