between handheld or fixed GPS unit
By Barry Featheringill
you ever stopped to notice how many posts there are on the internet
discussion boards about choosing the right GPS. Even though not
everybodyís needs with regards to a GPS unit are the same and the
manufacturers keep come out with more and better units.
I have been
recently considering adding a fixed GPS unit to my boat and got to
thinking about some of the advantages and disadvantages of such a
purchase. Iím sure that the things I have come up will not be the
same for all but maybe I can provide some food for thought.
GPS units give you certain fundamental parameters for navigation and
in most cases an electronically created map with a mapping unit. Most
certainly there will be increases in capability, better screens and
more data storage capacity. Much of the basic functioning will remain.
a handheld unit you are able to take it in the boat with you as well
as in your vehicle. The handheld unit makes it possible to take with
you when you are fishing in friend or partnerís boat. This makes it
so if you find a new spot then both of you can mark the spot. Of
course you want to be sure that it is OK with the other person.
a fixed mounted GPS the portability is not there, but you also always
have it with you in the boat. A few times I have gotten to the lake
and realized that I forgot to get my GPS off the desk.
has one very huge advantage in that the screen is much larger. Many of
the fixed mounted units use a memory card that can have waypoints,
tracks, and routes on it for a particular lake. This would reduce the
number of not relevant data that is for another lake.
other advantages of a fixed GPS are when you leave take off late due
to fog delay and all of a sudden run into a fog bank on your way to
first spot. With the fixed GPS unit that you can monitor easily and a
track marked to the spot you will still be able to get to the spot.
Although you would probably have to drop down from top speed you would
still be able to find your first spot.
The fixed GPS being easier to see while navigating is good to
be able to get back to the ramp on an unfamiliar lake or when you are
out at night.
with choosing a fixed GPS unit comes the decision as to whether to
have separate units for depth finder and GPS or a combination unit.
This is an issue of cost as well as what your personal requirements
for the use of GPS.
handheld GPS makes it so you are not limited to marking waypoints
while in the boat. If you are driving around and see a place that
looks interesting you can mark it and come back to it later when you
are out on the lake. You can also mark a boat ramp while riding around
the lake or while on the water that might be a better place to put in
at. Some of the big name pros have even taken to chartering a plane to
fly over the lake
navigating with GPS be sure to remember that it does not show you
other boats that may be out there on the lake. Always be safe out on
the water running at a slower speed for safety is better than any
accident with another boat or floating object.