Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Waterproof Marine GPS and Chartplotter : Five Stars

I bought this product then added the english channel sailing map from the garmin site and i’ve used the map for various sailing trips in the solent. I’ve had no problems with getting a gps signal and the map has been very accurate. (lots of other maps are available e. )one or two items on the 78s have been tricky to find in the menu system. I asked for help at the garmin stand at the boat show and it took three people before getting an answer. Basically even though the screen only shows one option, which is selected by pressing enter, on some screens pressing menu can give more options. Simple, but not that obvious when using the 78s. All in all, it’s an expensive package but worth the money for piloting in unknown locations and if you don’t want to be stuck at the navigation table unaware of what’s happening up top.

It’s got all the functionality needed for sailing, and while resolution/screen definition isn’t up to ipad standard, it really is hyper rugged and will take any amount of water, rain, bashing etc. One issue i have had is the unit switching itself off straight after start up, but solved it by performing a master reset: no idea why, so it loses a star.

My parents purchased this for me as my husband and i have just started sailing our own yacht and we needed a handheld plotter as we have no on board electrics. We have never used one of these before so were not sure what to expect. The plotter is useless for marine navigational purposes if you do not buy the bluechart g2 packs for the area that you are planning on sailing because the basemap is very basic and does not have sufficient information to make it any use from my perspective and these additional charts are expensive (the english channel chart is currently £165 for the latest version). Therefore you need to bear in mind that although this unit is very robust, well made and has some great features that you will need to buy the charts if you want to use this item for navigation purposes. Therefore if you are new to this like we are then you need to take this into consideration when purchasing this unit as it may not be a cheap as it first appears.

Charts seem expensive and lacking in detail ( turkey ). Uk east coast chart has far more detail. Bought as backup to onboard system.

I have it as a final spare, for someone who is good at small screens and with their thumbs it will do the job.

Brilliant gps, rapidly delivered.

Great addition to my 21footer. Everything you need inside plus great portability.

  • Good product but slightly complicated menus
  • Garmin GPSMAP 78s
  • Great piece of equipment

Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Waterproof Marine GPS and Chartplotter

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I purchased this marine gps unit on july 4th 2012 and used it on a trip from canary wharf to harwich and back on an old coal fired steam tug later on that month. I cannot praise it’s performance enough being totally accurate at all times and even more useful with the micro sd card containing the dover to amsterdam and england southeast marine chart which i purchased direct from garmin. It took some time to work through the full instruction manual(downloaded from garmin)and i had to phone garmin a couple of times for help which was politely and patiently given. This unit gave great piece of mind during our trip and i would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Good product but slightly complicated menus
  • Garmin GPSMAP 78s
  • Great piece of equipment

Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Waterproof Marine GPS and Chartplotter

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