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    Thinking of getting a new GPS/Depthfinder. Lowrance and some other companies have some newer touchscreen displays (like the iphone/ipad have).

    Are these any good? Are they rugged and do they hold up?

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    I have the Garmin 5212 and I love it, the only thing bad about them is when you're under way in rough seas it can be tough to touch the screen where you want to. To overcome that I bought the wireless mouse so I can wrest my wrist on the dash and munipulate the system when I need to look at something while on the move. Much more stable and easier then the standard button pushing is what I've found. I wouldn't go back.
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    Can you just use a standard wireless PC mouse? Or do you have to buy some spendy Garmin mouse?

    Also, is there an issue with grubby fish slimed fingers smudging the touchscreen?

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    The touchscreen on my iPhone doesn't work well with wet hands. It sucks, actually. If the GPS touchscreen doesn't work any better than that, I'm not interested.

    Even if the Garmin screen does work well, I'm not eager to put my grimy fishing fingers all over the screen of my new & expensive piece of equipment. I'll take good, old-fashioned buttons, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in Alaska View Post
    The touchscreen on my iPhone doesn't work well with wet hands. It sucks, actually. If the GPS touchscreen doesn't work any better than that, I'm not interested.

    Even if the Garmin screen does work well, I'm not eager to put my grimy fishing fingers all over the screen of my new & expensive piece of equipment. I'll take good, old-fashioned buttons, please.
    +1 on what Dan says. I don't think touch-screen is going to go over too well with the fish slayers. Sure, if you ride the cabin and your deckhands do all the fish handling, then it'll work. But if you are a 1 man capt/crew, then touch screen is out, IMO.

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    Touchscreens are probably great for boating, but probably not so good for fishing.

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    I have had both and all you have to do is wipe your hands before touching either.
    Mine were/are both in the cab of the boat and I usualy don't grab the door handle or the wheel if I have fish slime all over them.
    I prefer the touchscreen so far.
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    I have the 740S and it's touchscreen. I love it. Everytime I hop in my buddies boat that has the button GPS, It's so slow and a pain to use.
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    I kill more fish than most so I consider myself a slayer! I have screen protectors, still on my first one and this will be my 3rd season with the system. I can honestly say I've touched the screen with wet, bloody, fish slimed fingers and it still works fine. The mouse was less than 50.00 as I recall.
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    The mouse is Bluetooth. Here's a link:
    http://www.amerioutdoors.com/Garmin-...m?feed=Froogle
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    I've been running a Garmin 740 since last spring, and just got back last night from PWS... I find that cold, wet hands do not make much of a difference. Bumps and touching the wrong area of the screen are more aggravating to me than cold fingers.
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    On the 740S can you set it up so it shows fuel usage on the chart screen in the dashboard area?
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    The 5212 does
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in Alaska View Post
    The touchscreen on my iPhone doesn't work well with wet hands. It sucks, actually. If the GPS touchscreen doesn't work any better than that, I'm not interested.

    Even if the Garmin screen does work well, I'm not eager to put my grimy fishing fingers all over the screen of my new & expensive piece of equipment. I'll take good, old-fashioned buttons, please.
    One thing to keep in mind is that iPhones are not a typical touch screen. They use a heat/electrical unicorn blood magic to work. Unlike most other touch screens that acctually use pressure to perform the "touch" function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    I have had both and all you have to do is wipe your hands before touching either.
    Mine were/are both in the cab of the boat and I usualy don't grab the door handle or the wheel if I have fish slime all over them.
    I prefer the touchscreen so far.
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    Does anyone have a compass on the dash anymore ?? you know the thing with numbers printed in the glass ball with a bubble in it ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    Does anyone have a compass on the dash anymore ?? you know the thing with numbers printed in the glass ball with a bubble in it ??
    What is a compass? I have one on my big boat but not on my small one. I do carry a handheld gps in addition to my helm mounted one and i feel comfortable enough without a compass

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    Does anyone have a compass on the dash anymore ?? you know the thing with numbers printed in the glass ball with a bubble in it ??
    Compass on the boat along with paper charts and a hand held backup gps and my cell phone that has a gps and compass as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    Does anyone have a compass on the dash anymore ?? you know the thing with numbers printed in the glass ball with a bubble in it ??
    I have two. One in the main cabin and one on the fly bridge. Never know when you may have to rely on the old ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskanmutt View Post
    On the 740S can you set it up so it shows fuel usage on the chart screen in the dashboard area?
    hmm... no idea. I have a separate fuel monitor gauge so never looked. If I can find the manual I'll see what it says.
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