October 13th, 2011

The Most Affordable (Viable?) GPS Option?

We seem to go through GPS receivers like candy. If I had a pile of all the GPS’s we’ve bought, then stuck somewhere (?) when they quit working — 99% of the time because they got wet — I’d probably have a hill big enough for the kids to go sledding down this winter!

And now we’re at it again. I’m without a functional GPS, and I’ve been shopping for The #1 Most Affordable — but still viable — GPS. And by ‘viable’ I mean that it needs to have a big enough screen to read when it’s mounted on my boat, just in front of my feet.

It needs to tell me speed, distance and time! All at once!

It does NOT need to tell me where the nearest Starbucks is, or what’s on sale at my local grocer.

It would be NICE if it were truly “Waterproof” as the packaging always claims. But I’ve long since given up on believing that. We’ve never — NEVER — had a GPS stand up to repeated wettings, without failure.

So now, this latest one I’m trying, the Garmin Forerunner 205, was chosen for its relatively low price, relatively large display, and yet it’s still sleek enough to fit into one of these:

We’ll let you know how it works out!

One Response to “The Most Affordable (Viable?) GPS Option?”

  1. Andreas says:

    I hear the same story on all of these “waterproof” units from all my friends. They’re really not, just like the waterproof/submersible marine VHF radios. The problem comes with long term exposure, which leads to corrosion. I guess you could go ahead and just dry it after every use and lubricate the electrical connections. But you’re probably way better off with the drybag; that’s the route I’ve gone with my VHF for windsurfing, or the GPS if I carry it (using an Aquapac; the Kwik Tek looks like it’s a replica of their design). We windsufers tend to wear that stuff on our arms, since we don’t have convenient mount points on the gear that are within easy reach (plus with the VHF, I’d hate to get separated from it in case I lose my gear…).

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