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kylegansel
04-21-2008, 02:09 PM
We have a 2003 x-9 and I have adjusted the analog speedometer to the speed given off my perfect pass but I want a handheld gps to double check the perfect pass and if need be calibrate both. This is all I would use the gps for. I really don't want to have to spend $400 dollars just to do this a couple times a year and I don't want to have to borrow it every time either. Does anyone know what brand, or where I could buy one cheap that will do the job? Thanks!!!
-k

6ballsisall
04-21-2008, 02:11 PM
ebay would be a good starting place

lanier92prostar
04-21-2008, 02:12 PM
I bought an inexpensive gps for my car last summer and I have used it to calibrate my speedos on the boat. It was the cheapest garmin and does everything I need. I'll give you the model when I get home if you PM me.

Sodar
04-21-2008, 02:13 PM
Bought my eTrex here (http://gpsworldsupply.com/). They have great prices and their specials are very good deals!

defender1009
04-21-2008, 02:59 PM
buy.com has the tom tom one for $150 now. Best one you're going to find for that price point, plus it's loaded with the entire US road system, gas stations, restaurants, etc. About the best you're going to find at that price point. For a little more (about 200-250 if you find a sale), the Garmin Nuvi is very nice too, with a little larger screen.

kjohnson
04-21-2008, 03:22 PM
I bought a new Garmen Gecko for $60 on ebay.

stuartmcnair
04-21-2008, 04:52 PM
Garmin Nuvi 350. Has the text to speech which really does help. Has a four hour battery life so you can easily take it with you on the boat. I just bought one at Circuit City for $250.

defender1009
04-21-2008, 05:15 PM
Garmin Nuvi 350. Has the text to speech which really does help. Has a four hour battery life so you can easily take it with you on the boat. I just bought one at Circuit City for $250.

Stuart, do you have the 350? Just curious---are you getting 4 hours of battery life out of it? I think it's advertised for 3 hours, and I'm usually getting two at best out of mine before it dies, and it's only about a year old. Just wondering if I may have a dud or if it's normal.

JKTX21
04-21-2008, 05:17 PM
I have a cheap Garmin that uses AA batteries. Has speed, direction, and can mark points. Think I paid $80 at Academy.

JKTX21
04-21-2008, 05:17 PM
Double post.

stuartmcnair
04-21-2008, 05:34 PM
Stuart, do you have the 350? Just curious---are you getting 4 hours of battery life out of it? I think it's advertised for 3 hours, and I'm usually getting two at best out of mine before it dies, and it's only about a year old. Just wondering if I may have a dud or if it's normal.

So far I am, but it is only a month old. I think they changed to a different battery type than what they used to have because the specs had changed.

FrankSchwab
04-22-2008, 12:31 AM
If you're just looking for speedo calibration, an older Garmin (http://cgi.ebay.com/GARMIN-GPS-38-HANDHELD_W0QQitemZ180235090881QQihZ008QQcategoryZ8 4075QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) works great. No maps, just accurate speed and hand-marked waypoints.
I'm guessing you can pick one up for less than $15 shipped.

However, having fed the gods of the deep once, never set it on the dash without tying it down. One good turn and it's blub...blub...blub.

/frank

Chas
04-22-2008, 01:22 AM
However, having fed the gods of the deep once, never set it on the dash without tying it down. One good turn and it's blub...blub...blub./frank

That's why I only use the new lightweight batteries....
;)

Oklahoma 280STS
04-22-2008, 09:28 AM
If that is all you want it for, why not consider borrowing one from a friend. Cost effective solution.

Bruce
04-22-2008, 11:43 AM
I have a cheap Garmin that uses AA batteries. Has speed, direction, and can mark points. Think I paid $80 at Academy.


Same here. Academey now has them on sale for $69.

Bruce
04-22-2008, 11:49 AM
By the way I bought mine for same reason. In this case speedo does not work at all. Since my tranny is a 1:1 my rpm reading should be pretty darn close to speed.( last time I said this I was told they did not make my boat with a 1:1. But that is what it is. 1999 230VRS with 5.7 vortec.

chudson
04-22-2008, 12:27 PM
Thought refurb.com may have them, they don't but the have a link to them!!!

http://refurb.com/index.php?show=gps&rsr=sf&qpar=qs%3D06oENya4ZGJbLUQaixZpq5NdCarTSoILwbYp7wRs l4JW8sSDCxcLkrSoXv8X19X1H3z1eB4aPEyh5uP4ePEu4fRdvZ YwUubustZPRgBfAnqNfaxKH5iPBvsZ1sEsppr29Wos6RxqoQCf YCHHZrASfo3G211HFYRS0rgcPEydAu_wJ1LQ..%2CYT0z&submit=Search

Goodluck!!!

JKTX21
04-22-2008, 12:45 PM
By the way I bought mine for same reason. In this case speedo does not work at all. Since my tranny is a 1:1 my rpm reading should be pretty darn close to speed.( last time I said this I was told they did not make my boat with a 1:1. But that is what it is. 1999 230VRS with 5.7 vortec.

True true. When my boat isn't weighted it's about 1 MPH / 100 RPM.