Summary: A functional but archaic piece of history in excellent shape. Purchased as a back-up GPS for nautical use. It's the best of show for its time era. I would buy this again, though it is not intended to be my front-line nav system.
Summary: Its a very good GPS.. Works fine and its really worth for the price. I recommend it if you looking for a small gps that you can use in your boat without spending hundreds of dollars in bigger units. Easy to use and easy to load maps..
Summary: I have had a Garmin 76 for many years! the last one got me in and out of some crazy places much faster and simpler than large chartplotters... easy to carry, mount, and its not so expensive that I would be upset if it were lost at sea, or stolen.
I disagree with previous reviewers, because it is…
Sayed Ali Al-Ali, Trailspace.com
8 March 2009
Summary: I disagree with previous reviewers, because it is possible to load my own data into the GARMIN GPSmap 76CS. I have used the DNR Garmin extension (V 5.4.1) "Downloaded for free" for this purpose and loaded my own shapefiles into the GPS. Also, I don’t forget to mention other tools, which may help to convert various formats to shapefiles such as the interoperability extension in ArcMap and additional formats in the GPSBabel tool.
Summary: I originally purchased the GPS to use with my jet ski with the option to use it for navigtion around town as a secondary function. Seadoo designed special glove boxes to flush mount one of these units due to their superior waterproof ability to handle the wet environment experienced in skiing. However the City Navigator software coupled with the portable GPSMAP series provides an even more incredible combo worth far more then the dedicated units in my opinion.
Summary: The unit itself is a little bulky but the larger issue is the maps. The unlocking process is just brutal. Its not worth the aggravation. Stay away. And just so you know, I'm an IT professional and this is the most difficult product I think I ever worked with.
Summary: As a game warden in Florida there is a need for a GPS. We locate illegal hunting site quite often. When the time comes to catch the poacher we usually can't approach the site the way the poachers do. We have to come through different and unfamiliar ways. Sometimes through thick woods, swamps or other obstacle covered ways. This GPS with the contour maps and blue water disk is extremely helpful.. I would recommened this item to all.
Summary: This is my second Garmin unit. My first was the eMap. I loved that one so I only researched other garmin units. This one had everything I wanted. I use it on the road, hiking the AT and marine navigation. To get more than simple use you have to purchased additional software. City Select for detailed local street level, Blue Charts for bathometric charts and topo for hiking. Battery life is excellent! The unit is larger than my eMap, but very light and water proof.