Garmin is top of the line equipment
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~Cajun Man ~
I have a hand held Garmin that I love. I believe that Garmin has a very user friendly operating system. Their units can deliver an accuracy within 9.8 feet. I have the Garmin GPSMAP 65st because my thick fingers have difficulty using some of the touch screen models.
The trick is to get the model designated with a 't'. The 't' means that it is preloaded with Topographical maps of the U.S. in 1:100.000 scale. In addition, it can be loaded with supplemental Topo maps in 1:24000 scales. This is the same scale at U.S.G.S. topo Quads, and is great for hunting and fishing the coastal marshes. Some units have a 's' model together with the 't' making it as a 's t' model. The 's' indicates sensors. A Compass, and barometer/altimeter and some even an 8 megapixel autofocus, digital zoom camera with flash/torch.
They can also accommodate their Birds Eye aerial mapping as a download by different areas. The 1:24000 and Birds Eye are sold on their web site and at many internet sites at a reduced price. They also have connecting cables which allow you to use the 12 volt power of a vehicle to extend the operating time of the unit.
If you couple one with preloaded topo maps and their free Data Transfer program called BASE CAMP, you can transfer waypoints, tracks, and routes between the GPS unit and a computer. This allows the user to type the waypoints in the computer program and transfer them in bulk into the GPS unit.
That is an unbeatable combination.
Go to a stocking Garmin dealer and get a “hands on” experience with the different models, you won’t be disappointed.