No - we boat a lot at night and the GPS comes in real handy on the Chesapeake Bay.
I don't know how many of you guys are river boaters, but the Chesapeake Bay is 15 to 20 miles wide in spots, so you'd might as well be out in the middle of the ocean if you don't have a buoy in sight. The GPS is great for navigating at night and is also great for estimating arrival times.....so I can get the boat tied up and drink even more....
Well I hear ya Jeff, the Bay here isn't that big so it isn't a big deal and even at night it isn't too bad to get around, but when I go out in the Gulf well that is a different story. I do have a GSP it is the GPS76 I have the new GPSMAP76S ordered to take its place. I hope it gets here soon!!
Like most it makes night boating much easier. When I lived in NY, where we had normal lighted bouys, and the shoreline it was easy to get around. Living on a dam lake that has no markings at night can get intereasting when you take a nap, and wake up to find it's pich black, or raining.
some time I''ll tell you about my Lake Lanier story when Dave Sadowski (Daytona 200 winner & Jefferson Ga, resident) and I went out on the lake one afternoon with a couple of six packs in a friends 21 footer. We dropped anchor right off shore from some gold course club and spent the afternoon diving for golf balls - the winner got $50.
damn him.... he knew all the good cracks and crevices in the rocks on the bottom....
I have to say that Garmin is the best.
Their customer service is top notch.
A week ago I was going to check some of thr routes I have stored when I got a warning that the memory backup battery was low on power. I even hadn't had it for a year yet. WTF??
This battery is not user replaceable. I called Garmin, explained my problem and they issued an RMA right then.
Thursday, a week ago, I sent it out and this past Friday I received it back.
They didn't just repair it, they sent me a new GPS.
That was totally unexpected.
Way to go Garmin!!