Joined: Mar. 2002
||Posted: Mar. 28 2002,2:01 pm
It's time for an upgrade. I used Garmins GPS-45 for three years and then when they introduced the GPS-3 (no + ) in 1997 I was off to West Marine to lighten up the wallet. The GPS-3 has performed well over the years with few minor problems creeping up. The common loose battery spring bug has landed. This alone wouldn't cause serious havoc but now that this unit is 5 years old the internal battery is dead. I have seen "ALL DATA IS LOST" at the worst possible times.
Done with the intro and on to the subject: Meridian - Gold/Platinum vs Garmin - 176c
After digesting the enormous amounts of research, test data and IMHO'S it's down to these two units. The Lowrance GM-100+ is the clear third place winner for my needs. NEEDS = TECNO JUNKY = I want it all.
Help me out here folks................(prices lower on the net )
MERIDIAN: $300 - $350, cheap software, great under cover, a reasonable screen size, 16M basemap, universal memory cards, topo map bugs, no pointer, Quinn's hooked, rugged build...
Garmin-176c: $520 - $600, same basic accurate brain/performance found in all the Garmin numbered series, Love that large beautiful color screen, large basemap, Love that large beautiful color screen, same performing Garmin swivel antenna, Garmin only data cards, more expensive software, Love that large beautiful color screen, zooms down to 60', still smaller and lighter than all the units on Gimpy,s belt combined, did I mention the screen?
Fellow junky's help me here.
If only the two can be combined.