Summary: Disappointment in the fact that I purchased the used one as it advertised "accessories included" . When the device came, it had no batteries, cover, holster, etc. that I would have considered "accessories" I should have just bought the new one. disappointed in Fla. Nathan White ...
Summary: I’ve had my 72 for nearly five years. Admittedly we don’t use it all the time, but together with a chart and the sort of planning sailing skippers are supposed to do anyway, it has gotten us up and down the Chesapeake Bay and the lower Potomac – reassuring on overnight trips and has proven great at sailing speeds (which is all I have used it for so far). Doesn’t seem to need an external antenna even inside sailboat rigging and is not sensitive to an occasional splash.
Summary: I sail year-round in New England. I need back up GPS units in case my main power fails. This is good for what I need. The odd thing is that while the unit does not display a chart, it does display bouys. It is tricky using this feature, because you don't easily know how far apart the bouys are. Always use it with charts, not stand alone. The Compass feature is EXCELLENT as long as you are moving.
Summary: Spent quite a bit money on this new worked great, then they turned off the tide data. This was the best feature. The only thing I really used it for. Now I'm up the creek. Do not support a company that leaves their customers with equipment that renders itself useless after a year or 2
Summary: I bought the GPS 72 for kayaking because it floats and it has tide tables. At the turn of the year the Tide Tables started to display, "Inaccurate Results" and it stopped showing tide data. I contacted Garmin and they basically said, "Too bad. Buy a new one because we stopped supporting this unit." It was less than 5 years old. Don't buy Garmin Products because they build them cheap, they build them to stop working, just so you will have to buy another one to replace it.
Summary: Bought ours in 2003 while prospecting at Rye Patch, Nevada. There weren't many choices but after all these years I have always been so glad we got this gps unit. We have used it all over even diving on a submerged geocache. Never had any complaints with the exception that the kids ate the button off and it was repaired under warranty for free and the next week I shoved it in the door of the CRV and broke the new button off!
Summary: I find this item very difficult to use and not very user friendly even with the help of the on-line manual. I find it very difficult to enter a way point. We geocache and I haven't done much since I replaced my broken one with this model.