Garmin GPSmap 76CX not reliable for ocean sailing.
SV Viatrix, Amazon
15 February 2015
Summary: This brand new GPS failed within a year of using it. It is expensive and not reliable enough to go ocean sailing with. The cost of getting it fixed was exorbitant and not worth the pain. We replaced it with a small $30 mouse-size GPS that proved to be much more reliable and cost effective. I would not recommend it.
Summary: I had this unit for 2 years before it completely died for no reason! I called Garmin, and they don't offer any type of diagnostics or repair for the unit. That is ridiculous! The instructions that came with it should have stated that once you buy it, you are stuck with it as a paperweight. I mistakenly thought they were a good company that would stand behind their products, or at least have a way to find out what's wrong with the faulty ones.
Summary: wonderful product. excellent at receiving satellites. even received them in my living room. be sure to download basecamp from Garmin. The ability to import tracks to Google earth is fantastic. I used it on several cruises and the track on earth was great.
Summary: I got this for my husband because our old GPS was outdated and junky. This one has been used a bunch of times and he loves it. It maps out planned routes and keeps track of routes we've gone on. The add-on maps you need to download are a bit pricey, but worth it if you use this stuff a lot.
Summary: I use this thing pretty often still. I would say there is probably a few newer/better interfaces out there, but i really like this one. It does everything I need and more. I went on a international sailing trip last year and didn't realize it but i could look at the tides with the GPS. Really durable. Long battery life (even with rechargeable batteries.) It floats. Does everything i need it to.
Garmin products & support are and always have been great.
23 October 2012
Summary: The Garmn GPSMAP 76 CX handheld GPS is great for the price. I Purchased a Garmin GPS 76 in 2001 and loved it. The black & white display brcame dim from exposure to the UV over 11 yrs. so I ordered the GPSMAP 76 CX. Its easy to see, the color is great and I added the Bluechart 2 for navigation with my bay boat that does not have a dept finder. I couldn't ask for nicer support that Garmin has provided for the serveral products of theirs I own.