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Old 04-20-2019, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default GPS with lake markings

What's the best GPS for me to navigate the lake? I don't need advanced units w/ depth or sonar, but I'd like a good display to guide me through the various markers.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:39 AM   #2
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I have a Garmin DV57 or something like that from five or six years ago, and it's been great.

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Old 04-20-2019, 11:05 AM   #3
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We have a 2017 Garmin echomap chirp series with 5Ē display, as long as you set it to lakes (already pre loaded by Garmin) youíre all set. Itís an awesome unit we really like it.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:54 PM   #4
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I just put a Garmin EchoMap Plus 63CV on my new boat and it's really awesome.
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Old 04-28-2019, 09:58 AM   #5
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Default Garmin GPSMAP 78sc

Does anyone know if the Garmin 78sc hand-held unit has a Lake Winni. chart available? I am looking for a good hand-held GPS navigator.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:58 AM   #6
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Does anyone know if the Garmin 78sc hand-held unit has a Lake Winni. chart available? I am looking for a good hand-held GPS navigator.
Bizer sells its data which will work in virtually all Garmin units manufactured between 2002 and 2014. I believe that unit was made during this period. The best indicator is the copyright date of the owner's manual.

If Bizer's MicroSD chip fails to work (or if you are not satisfied for any reason), Bizer will refund your money.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:21 AM   #7
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After learning how much the dealers are charging for the SD cards that contain the charts for the Lake, I am considering buying a navigation app designed for the iPhone. If that doesn't work out, the old-fashioned paper charts will have to suffice.

Any recommendations for any particular iPhone apps for navigating the Lake?
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:33 AM   #8
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The Navionics boating app is what you want.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:42 AM   #9
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NAVIONICS! hands down the best app for the lake....

I have it on my iphone and my ipad mini. The mini has to be cell capable otherwise it will not have the GPS chip. You do not have to have the cell service activated.

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Old 04-29-2019, 01:13 PM   #10
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NAVIONICS! hands down the best app for the lake....

I have it on my iphone and my ipad mini. The mini has to be cell capable otherwise it will not have the GPS chip. You do not have to have the cell service activated.

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It is pretty good but I noticed it ate my battery when in use trying the free version. Don't know if anyone else experienced the same. I'd just say plan accordingly if you buy it.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:12 PM   #11
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Default I got a great deal on 7" Garmin w/Detailed Lake Maps

I just purchased a new Garmin Fishfinder/Chartplotter 7" w/transducer.
If you are looking for a very good gps with detailed Winnipesaukee map, I did the research and this is what I purchased:

Garmin Echomap Chirp Plus 73cv Us Lakev‹ W/Cv22hw-Tm Transducer
for $399 shipped! http://www.hodgesmarine.com/

Nick from NE Marine can install - 207-266-1888
He comes highly recommended!
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:32 PM   #12
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In Garmin 2013 spent a few weeks sonar scanning Winni with their own special boat. Their HD lake view map is based on that.
https://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums...ht=garmin+boat
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:45 AM   #13
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I just purchased a new Garmin Fishfinder/Chartplotter 7" w/transducer.
If you are looking for a very good gps with detailed Winnipesaukee map, I did the research and this is what I purchased:

Garmin Echomap Chirp Plus 73cv Us Lakev‹ W/Cv22hw-Tm Transducer
for $399 shipped! http://www.hodgesmarine.com/

Nick from NE Marine can install - 207-266-1888
He comes highly recommended!
Unfortunately that price is no longer available. You got a great deal.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:41 PM   #14
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Honestly - buy a chart and learn the lake. If you're out at night, sure, get a GPS. Reality is, this lake isn't tough to navigate and reading the chart is the best option. Night navigation, I get the desire for GPS but still don't use it
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We went years and years without one Shreddy. Ou boat came with one and we do use it.
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:29 PM   #16
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We went years and years without one Shreddy. Ou boat came with one and we do use it.
Same here - I grew up with a chart. My boat has a GPS but I don't use it at all except for the breadcrumbs for coming back to the top of the lake at night after dinner or something. Mine is also an older model Garmin that could probably be upgraded.
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It is pretty good but I noticed it ate my battery when in use trying the free version. Don't know if anyone else experienced the same. I'd just say plan accordingly if you buy it.
I just downloaded the free version of Navionics (appeared to be only one option), and a message popped up asking if I want to start my "Free Trial." Will the App disappear if I don't purchase a not free version after a few weeks?
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Old 09-29-2019, 10:00 AM   #18
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Dragonfly 7 with Navionics
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Old 09-29-2019, 12:29 PM   #19
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We have a 2017 Garmin echomap chirp series with 5Ē display, as long as you set it to lakes (already pre loaded by Garmin) youíre all set. Itís an awesome unit we really like it.
Anyone know if they make a sun shade for the dash mounted GPS?

I have this same model and even with the Bimini top up, its totally worthless as I cant see it at all when driving. I need something to block the sun.

Other than that I agree its a great model.
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Never had a GPS and never ran into problems. Just remember Red Hill is North and red top buoys are hot, sun is in the South. Black buoys, you navigate away from the sun.
I do have a GPS and use it for MPH check. The GPS is way more accurate than the mechanical speedometer on the boat. With the new 6 mph headway speed law, my wake is pretty big! Oh well, the law is the law!
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Never had a GPS and never ran into problems. Just remember Red Hill is North and red top buoys are hot, sun is in the South. Black buoys, you navigate away from the sun.
I do have a GPS and use it for MPH check. The GPS is way more accurate than the mechanical speedometer on the boat. With the new 6 mph headway speed law, my wake is pretty big! Oh well, the law is the law!
Never had....I do have...Iím so confused!😂😂
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Never had....I do have...Iím so confused!😂😂
LOL, he confused me too, Lb.
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Old 09-30-2019, 07:59 AM   #23
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Never had....I do have...Iím so confused!😂😂
Kinda like the dreaded "double negative" from my school days oh so long ago.

"I ain't got no GPS" "Oh yes you do!"

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Never had a GPS and never ran into problems. Just remember Red Hill is North and red top buoys are hot, sun is in the South. Black buoys, you navigate away from the sun.
I do have a GPS and use it for MPH check. The GPS is way more accurate than the mechanical speedometer on the boat. With the new 6 mph headway speed law, my wake is pretty big! Oh well, the law is the law!

Hummmm,,,, Well I got this from the Marine Patrol folks and it stuck with me:

Regarding Markers; Red is Hot, in the US its hot in the South and/or West

And if you only remember that, then you can deduce that the other marker color is Black and its opposite so then Black must be North and/or East.

I have never forgotten it once I herd that.

Yup its simple/stupid, but it works for me
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Hummmm,,,, Well I got this from the Marine Patrol folks and it stuck with me:

Regarding Markers; Red is Hot, in the US its hot in the South and/or West

And if you only remember that, then you can deduce that the other marker color is Black and its opposite so then Black must be North and/or East.

I have never forgotten it once I herd that.

Yup its simple/stupid, but it works for me
Simple/Stupid perhaps -- but that is the EXACT way (phrase) I teach anyone new to the system !
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Simple/Stupid perhaps -- but that is the EXACT way (phrase) I teach anyone new to the system !
Guess us oldtimers and our low tech ways still have some use ;-)

GPS is nice, but I still like to look at a paper map and still ALWAYS have one in the boat with me.

Maybe I should change my screen name to old dude or something like that
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