Highest Rated Fishfinders
1Humminbird Helix 5 CHIRP G2
4.8/5
2Garmin Striker 7sv
4.6/5
3Lowrance HDS 7 Gen3
4.6/5
4Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 73sv
4.6/5
5Raymarine Dragonfly 7 PRO
4.4/5

Choosing a Handheld GPS for Marine Use

Choosing a handheld GPS for your boat, whether as a primary or back up navigation device, amounts to determining how you intend to use this tool and how much you are able and willing to spend to acquire hardware and software. Today’s handheld GPS units range from roughly $100 to

Garmin 78sc Review

The recently announced Garmin 78sc is at the pinnacle of the three model 78-series marine handheld GPS lineup. Not only does this unit float, it also features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, and two onboard sensors, an internal electronic compass and barometric altimeter. The “c” designation in the model number indicates

Magellan eXplorist 200 Review

The Magellan eXplorist 200 is on the smallish side at 4.5 inches tall and about 2 inches wide. Its lightweight too, at only 4 ounces including a pair of AA batteries. It carries the screen mid-case with pushbuttons below. Everything is downsized somewhat, the eXplorist screen measures 2.3 inches on

Handheld Marine GPS Review Page

Our handheld marine GPS review page covers a wide-ranging list of units, not just those marketed to power boaters and sailors. Most of today’s portable GPS handhelds are outfitted with generic mapping and operational software not specifically designed or always very useful to boaters and mariners. Even a number of

Garmin Portable GPS Review Page

The first Garmin portable GPS navigator to become a popular piece of marine electronics aboard boats was the Garmin 48. State of the art in its day, this unit was primitive by today’s marine GPS handheld standards. It simply supplied latitude and longitude plus calculated speeds, course to steer, and

Garmin Oregon 550 Review

The Garmin Oregon 550 is a compact handheld GPS with touchscreen control, a high-sensitivity GPS sensor, 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, altimeter, microSD™ card slot, and a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera. This Garmin portable GPS new addition sits at the pinnacle of the Oregon lineup. Memory capacity and waypoint storage have

Garmin Oregon 450 Review

The Garmin Oregon 450 is a compact full-mapping handheld GPS with touchscreen control of its sophisticated functionality. This Garmin portable GPS is the latest iteration in the Oregon lineup; it adds significant memory capacity and doubles the maximum number storable waypoints. The 450 features a high-sensitivity GPS sensor, built-in base

Garmin Oregon 400c Review

The Garmin Oregon 400c is a compact sophisticated full-mapping handheld GPS with touchscreen control. Several original Oregon models are available, the hardware in each is the same, and only the onboard cartography in each unit varies. The Oregon 300 features a world base map, while each variant of the 400

Garmin MapSource CD Review

The Garmin MapSource CD is available in one of four versions, Americas, Atlantic, Atlantic Small, and Pacific. Retail prices range from $136 to $250 per CD. We reviewed the Bluechart Americas CD. It has marine chart data coverage for coastal waters of Alaska, Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Canada, South America,

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Review

The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx portable GPS is one of the newer additions to the Garmin lineup. It’s a compact design and one of the smallest and lightest Garmin handheld GPS units on the market. The ‘HCx’ in the model designation means this unit has a removable memory card, high-sensitivity

Garmin eTrex Review

The Garmin eTrex handheld GPS is the low price leader among units we’ve reviewed. This compact Garmin portable GPS measures only 4.4 inches high, 2.2 wide, and 1.2 thick or just about the size of a bar of soap> It weighs in at 5.3 ounces with a pair of AA

Garmin eTrex 30 Review

The Garmin eTrex 30 is one of three recent additions to the popular Garmin portable GPS eTrex series. This line is designed with multiple uses in mind including marine use by boaters. The eTrex 30, like its siblings, boasts a compact design and the capability of using a Garmin marine

Garmin eTrex 20 Review

The Garmin eTrex 20 is one of several recent additions to the Garmin portable GPS lineup with a design aimed for multiple uses including the marine environment. This unit features a compact design, the ability to use a Garmin marine chart card, and is one of the smallest and lightest

Garmin Colorado 400c Review

The Garmin Colorado 400c is a very sophisticated full-mapping marine handheld GPS. A variety of Colorado models are available, while the hardware remains the same in each variant, the onboard cartography in each unit is different. The Colorado 300 features a world base map, while each variant of the 400

Garmin 76 Review

The Garmin 76 has been around for several years and has a proven track record of reliability in the Garmin portable GPS lineup. Overall it is one of the larger handhelds we’ve tested, but we found it still fits well in one hand. It can be operated with the thumb

Garmin 76Cx Review

The Garmin 76Cx portable GPS is an upgraded version of the original mapping 76 model. It gets the ‘x’ designation for the addition of a removable memory card slot and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver. Its sister model has both an altimeter and electronic compass and carries the CSx model name.

Garmin 72H Review

The Garmin 72H is the latest version of this venerable Garmin portable GPS. Earlier versions of this handheld GPS have been around for a number of years and have a proven track record of reliability. The “H” designation added to the model number indicates this portable GPS now features a

Garmin 62s Review

The Garmin 62s is one of five models in the new 62-series of handheld GPS gear to hit the Garmin lineup recently. All units in the 62-series feature a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, color display screen, and world base map. The “s” designation in the model number of our test unit

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